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“Small and quaint - not much to see” 4 of 5 stars
Review of St. Elmo

St. Elmo
Nathrop, CO
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Ranked #5 of 11 Attractions in Nathrop
Type: Ghost Towns, Cultural
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Denver, Colorado
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“Small and quaint - not much to see”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

Nice drive from Mt. Princeton - town is small and quaint...store was closed. Picturesque...but limited in its entertainment value. I am glad we went!

Visited October 2013
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
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“trip to St. Elmo”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

130 year old ghost town, can see the old buildings. Pretty drive this time of year - 12 miles from Mount Princeton resort.

Visited October 2013
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Montrose, Colorado, United States
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12 attraction reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“St. Elmo, a lot of history, but you need to do a little work on your own.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

Very Sad. Travelers have become accustomed to someone else doing all the research and providing little tags that explain what you're looking at and why it's important. And then they whine if everything is not laid out like a museum and that they have to do some work on their own. If you don't have 30 minutes to do a little internet searching, pick somewhere else that has the tags. But if you're willing to hunt a little bit, you'll find that this historic little town has all the tragic characters, disasters, fires and anything else that you'd find in any good novel. And a ghost or two. There are many campgrounds open seasonally on the road up Chalk Creek from Nathrop and some nice hot springs resorts. Be aware that the campground at St. Elmo is at about 10,000 feet - one night there was enough for me and I headed down to the Mt Princeton Campground at about 8,500 feet.

Visited September 2013
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Giverny
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“Ghost town”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

A little old mining town that is now considered a ghost town. It is a pretty drive up through the aspen with some hiking trails along the way.

Visited September 2013
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Denver, CO
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“st. elmo chipmunks a thrill for kids”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

On the recommendation of a friend, we stopped at St. Elmo on our return trip to Denver after a weekend in Creede. It was a good half-way stop and gave us all a chance to stretch our legs. The drive to St. Elmo through the San Isabel National Forest is gorgeous and made us want to return to go camping in this area. St. Elmo is a funny little town and definitely has that mountain pioneer aura to it, and would be especially interesting to a kid into the Little House books or American Girl pioneer books. There are only two buildings (besides the working general store) that one can go into: the jail and school house, but these are pretty cool. I would love to see some info signage regarding the other buildings and more info about the town in general in the interim until more buildings are restored. (Be aware that there is nowhere to eat in St. Elmo and the outhouses are disgusting.) We saw a marmot on the way to the school house (which I have never seen before. Cool!), so that was a little yellow-bellied bonus.

But the biggest draw in St. Elmo, hands-down, is the Chipmunk Crossing. Baggies of sunflower seeds can be purchased from the general store for 50 cents (or you could bring your own). Across from the general store is an array of planks where you can sit and be visited by hundreds of chipmunks that want those seeds! If you sit still enough, they will eat right out of your hand, sit on your lap, on your shoulder, etc. But the moment you try to pet a chipmunk, they are off like a shot. My two little girls (ages 2 and 5) thought this was the coolest thing ever and we spent at least an hour hanging out with the chipmunks. Great photo op to say the least. My 2-year-old would excitedly say, "Monkeys!" when she saw one near. When we finally tore the kids away form their new furry friends, we had a picnic lunch at Chalk Cliff Lake and a pleasant wade in the water before getting back on the road home. In conclusion, I wouldn't drive here as a destination in itself, but it is a fun side-trip for the kids if driving or staying nearby.

Visited September 2013
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