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St. Elmo

Nathrop, CO
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Ranked #2 of 10 attractions in Nathrop
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ghost Towns
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Leslie, Missouri, USA
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48 reviews 48 reviews
16 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

One of the most preserved ghost towns in Colorado and easily accessible The store is open with souvenirs, antiques and four wheeler supplies and rentals. Although the buildings are privately owned, you can walk down Main St. and wonder what life was like for the original inhabitants. The chipmunks are one of the main attractions. A short driving distance is... More

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Idaho Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

My family visited St. Elmo almost every summer when we were kids. Annabelle and her brother stony were the only inhabitants. They lived in the general. store with their dog. They told many great stories of the mining days when the town was bustling. Her husband was killed working on the railroad. My father became good friends with them. Annabelle... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

St Elmo is a neat "ghost" town with good people and plenty to do all around. Easy to get to with any car or motorcycle, there is nearly unlimited things to do around here. From hiking to fourwheeling in a truck or atv/utv, you really can't get bored. Feeding the chipmunks is always a favorite in the town itself.

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Peyton, Colorado
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76 reviews 76 reviews
21 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Had seen in winter and nothing there or open to see other than snow and lots of it. Finally got to go back in July and experience the chipmunks (many eating out of your hand and the little ones feeding them...great photo opportunities) and the General Store being open (on Monday...not sure about Sunday)...great hummingbirds outside the store...nothing else open... More

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High Springs, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
18 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

It's about 15 miles off the main road, down a gravel well maintained road. It is a beautiful drive down this road thru the forest, mountains, and a stream runs beside the road. The ghost town is very nice, well preserved. All the buildings are locked, but this is such an interesting place.

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New York City, New York
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We just couldn't pass up the opportunity to hand feed chipmunks at this little ghost town 20 miles southwest of Buena Vista. It was one of the highlights of our Colorado trip. Buy a small bag of sunflower seeds from the General Store and take a seat across the street as chipmunks come up to have a snack. If you... More

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rochester, mn
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49 reviews 49 reviews
32 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

After rafting we ventured up to St. Elmo and checked out this ghost town. Not much going on but the chipmunks were a hit. 50 cents for chipmunk food...cheap but fun entertainment. The town was not much to look at, the general store was cute. Nice drive up, I believe there is a falls somewhere near, but the road was... More

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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54 reviews 54 reviews
22 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

What this is not is a lonely empty ghost town in the mtns that you can hike up to and check out the cabin ruins. Colorado has plenty of those and they are worth seeing if you have 4 wheel drive and a good map. What this town does have is lots of storefronts to walk around with furniture, books,... More

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denver
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Just go. It's worth - beautiful views on the drive up. Quirky little town with super friendly chipmunks.

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Green Mountain Falls, Colorado
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The September drive up to St. Elmo was breath-taking with the fall colors. And the little old mining town was a true historical treasure. Walking around there gave you a good feel for life in the old mining times. Don't miss it if you go to Mt. Princeton. It's a most wonderful excursion into old times in our beautiful Colorado.

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