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St. Elmo

Nathrop, CO
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Ranked #5 of 12 Attractions in Nathrop
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ghost Towns
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Atlanta, Georgia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
8 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

"No Dorothy, you are not in Aspen anymore!" You are now stepping back in time, back where you can relive the old days of Colorado's past. Yes it may take a little while on a dirt road to get there but so what, you are a big girl now and that Jag can be washed. St. Elmo is a very... More

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Colorado Springs
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152 reviews 152 reviews
35 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

St Elmo is found at the west end of a beautiful autumn drive on winding mountain road (Chaffee County Road 162) several miles west of Mt Princeton Hot Springs. Several abandoned buildings on both sides of creek are still in place making a pleasant atmosphere for walking. Nice general store (during summer months) and B&B on the east edge of... More

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Denver, Colorado
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67 reviews 67 reviews
23 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

A quaint little ghost town that is surprisingly well preserved. Access to some great mountain bike trails and ATV areas. A very scenic drive up the mountain to get there and a fun few hours to walk around. Stop by the trout hatchery on the way up to feed some baby rainbow trout!

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College Station, Texas, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This place was so interesting. Couldn't get the kids away from the chipmunks very long, but did get to walk around a bit. The kids loved it soooooo much, they returned a second time with their parents later in the week. Go here!!! You will not be disappointed. (Bring sunflower seeds or buy small bags there) There is also a... More

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Just a special, out of the way, piece of history. A good intro to the area, and beginning of the railroad incline to the tunnel about 7 miles on up the road...

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Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
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50 reviews 50 reviews
15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This is probably the most popular "ghost town" in Colorado. A lot of the buildings are still in good shape because people own them and either live in them or use them as summer cottages. The one attraction here that everyone young and old like is Chipmunk Crossing. Here, on a pile of old wood pieces, chipmunks gather to be... More

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Decatur, Georgia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Although the chipmunks were charming and the road to get to St Elmo had some great views, the end destination was disappointing. With some work they could make this something but as it stands now it is just a street of largely decrepit buildings with little historical information and context to make it worthwhile

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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I visited St Elmo for the 2nd time and it was just as fun as the first! I loved getting to feed the chipmunks and take pictures of the hummingbirds. I enjoyed shopping at the general store there as well!

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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104 reviews 104 reviews
10 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Our day trip from Salida to the ghost town of Saint Elmo was an interesting and scenic outing. The 35-mile drive on CO 291/US 285/Co Rd 162 took about an hour. The roads are paved until the last several miles of a well-maintained dirt stretch into Saint Elmo. Road 162 takes you through some nice aspen groves and mountain views.... More

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Hope, Rhode Island
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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Yes it is an actual abandoned mining town from way back when. I was disappointed that all but two of the buildings are closed up and not accessible. The old jail is one that you are allowed in, but it has been remodeled and not in it;'s original condition. The general store is open but prices are really high. It... More

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