St. Elmo

St. Elmo, Nathrop: Address, Phone Number, St. Elmo Reviews: 4/5

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sweeney724
Alexandria, VA81 contributions
Jul 2021
While there were a number of other people visiting St. Elmo while we were there, most of them seemed entirely focused on feeding chipmunks...? So we basically had the historical structures to ourselves. It's a cool little spot. If you're looking for a more isolated, truly abandoned place, I recommend hiking to Interlaken Resort to the north of Buena Vista.
Written July 12, 2021
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VillagerRick
The Villages, FL812 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
Off the beaten path, the last 5 miles are dirt road. The only thing open or marginally interesting is the General Store. Mostly an antique store with most items outside, the inside is not so much a General Store as a souvenir store with a chest of ice cream. Other than that the only saving grace are the chipmunks - kids young and old can buy sunflower seeds and have the chippies crawl all over them and eat from their hand.

Unfortunately the rest of the town is boarded up and locked or privately owned and not available to the general public.
Written August 21, 2020
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maldenmusic
Malden, MO1,892 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
This is always a fun trip and the road has been improved over the years so that practically any vehicle can drive it in good weather. The historical society has preserved many of the buildings, most of them from the 1870s and 1880s. There is a bed and breakfast, fairly well stocked general store, private homes and a couple of open buildings with pictures and historical info. No bathrooms here so be sure and stop at the Last Chance bathroom (says so on the sign) a few miles before town. The old schoolhouse is open for viewing in the front part-cross the Chalk Creek bridge and you'll see the school up a little higher. The altitude is over 10,000 feet so take your time walking around town. There is a chipmunk hangout across from the general store and you can buy sunflower seeds there to feed them. They are friendly and will eat out of your hand and have been there as long as I can remember. If you have a few hours and don't mind the long drive up the mountain, this is a great activity for the entire family
Written June 12, 2022
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Rob Y
1 contribution
Jun 2021 • Couples
I can't believe these reviews complaining about the dusty road you have to drive on to get there. It's a wild west ghost town. Sorry your Prius got a little dirty while driving to get there. This place is a really cool piece of history and well worth the trip. Hit a $5 carwash when you get back to the paved road if a dirty car bothers you that much.

Sometimes it takes a little effort to explore the hidden gems the back roads of America have to offer.
Written June 26, 2021
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FRANCIS P
Colorado Springs, CO617 contributions
Dec 2020
We were staying at the hot springs with our young adult children visiting from overseas and decided to take them her to see the old ghost town. The road, though snowy and icy from recent storms, were plowed and passible if you took your time. They took many pictures and enjoyed the visit.
Written December 19, 2020
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Amy W
3 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
Beautiful well-preserved ghost town not too far from the hot springs. The drive there is mostly a dirt road but it was in good shape for a dirt road. Feeding the chipmunks was definitely a highlight. There are bags of sunflower seeds to purchase (50 cents for a bag on the honor system) outside of the market. We went through 4 bags because it was so much fun. Chipmunks crawl all over you! It was such a fun experience. The town itself is a walk back in time. If it wasn’t for the constant sounds of dirt bikes and 4- wheelers, I would’ve enjoyed it a bit more. The place is overrun with them. The kids didn’t seem too bothered by it because they were to enthralled with the chipmunks. It is definitely loud and annoying. But still fun.
Written August 25, 2020
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Laura L
Colorado Springs, CO81 contributions
Jan 2020
Sometimes in the summer this place is so busy it loses something, but in winter, it is still and eerily calm. There are hiking trails which would be great for snowshoeing or hiking with spikes and poles. Nothing is open, except the pit-style bathroom (thankfully) about a mile outside of town. A photographer's dream!
Written January 8, 2020
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Southridgeshannon
Jourdanton, TX163 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
One of the most beautiful drives I’ve had in Colorado and great photo opportunity! We took the drive up to St Elmo even though it was snowing pretty good. I’d suggest a four wheel drive but there was another couple driving up there in a Subaru. Make sure on the way up you watch for the lake and walking bridges to the side. Amazing photos! I’m only uploading a couple of what I took but I took over 100.
Absolutely beautiful scenery in the snow. We intend to come back to hike in the summer.
Written January 2, 2022
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Hiking University
Colorado Springs, CO197 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
Although not technically a ghost town (a few folks live there year round), it is certainly one of the most well preserved mining towns from the late 1800s. Winter is the best time to visit as it is less busy compared to the summer. With that said, summer provides access to other neat areas and former mining towns. Probably best to just go at least twice, during different seasons!
Written February 11, 2020
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GARY E
Colorado Springs, CO649 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
Had the chance to visit St Elmo in the middle of winter and it blew my mind. If you every wanted to step back in time and get a glimpse of the past this is the time visit and let your mind ponder life in this historic Colorado ghost town.

Everything is closed at this time with a few full time residents so be prepared. We took the time to walk the streets and enjoy the silence in a snow storm. If buildings could speak they could say so much. There is a small place to stay and enjoy the winter to see Tin Cup pass on snowmobiles.
Written February 29, 2020
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