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St. Elmo

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Address: Nathrop, CO
Phone Number: 7193952117

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Step back into the Old West.

Just feeding the chipmunks and squirrels would have been enough! So easy to imagine shopping at the general store and mercantile, watching children cross the bridge to the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Flagstaff, Arizona
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Tatamy, Pennsylvania
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63 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Step back in time to about the 1880s, stop and feed some chipmunks. The town is slowly being restored to its' former glory.

Thank Starwoodinpa
Centennial, Colorado
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22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I read in another review about the chipmunks there so we brought our own food not realizing that the general store is open and sells food for chipmunks also. I sat on one of the logs scattered across from the general store and had chipmunks climbing on my shoulders and eating out of my hands. They are so so cute.... More 

Thank dgundli
Neenah, Wisconsin
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10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although it's only 12 miles from Mt. Princeton resort, it'll take you awhile because you'll want to take your time along the drive, it is absolutely beautiful. When you get to St. Elmo it's just amazing, it's so well preserved. Plus you have to sit down and meet the chipmunks, it is really amazing how friendly they are, they'll crawl... More 

Thank emilyver0nica
Chicago, Illinois
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1,854 reviews
768 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,289 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

St. Elmo is one of the best preserved ghost towns in Colorado. Located 20 miles southwest of Buena Vista, it sits at an elevation of 9,961 feet in the heart of the Sawatch Range. Founded in 1880, it was home to nearly 2,000 people when mining for gold and silver began. But the mining industry began to decline in the... More 

Thank Taylor B
Flagstaff, Arizona
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207 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just feeding the chipmunks and squirrels would have been enough! So easy to imagine shopping at the general store and mercantile, watching children cross the bridge to the schoolhouse, the wagons and horses bringing people to town. It is a work in progress, as the buildings are privately owned and owners are taking to heart the "historic preservation" of this... More 

Thank HulaSueR
Seattle, Washington
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30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a really nice beautiful drive 15 miles from Hwy 285! Spectacular views all the way up the mountain. Appears to be great place to ride quads and motorcycles. Had many jeeps and off road vehicles heading up up up into the hills! Only to a short time to walk the old abandon town. Very interesting. Had a general store... More 

Thank Dano L
Chicago, Illinois
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

St. Elmo was a well maintained ghost town. The amount of buildings and original 'creepy' looking items inside the homes were spot on (old lace window treatments, dry goods packaging etc). I loved the gifts shop. They had some really cool treasures in there and host a small antique shop with some great finds. I wasn't a fan of the... More 

Thank Brianna C
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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41 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not really a ghost town since some people live there. My kids want to go back to feed the chipmunks again. Their favorite activity of our whole trip.

Thank drdsall
League City, Texas
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32 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You can get a first hand look into what life might have been in St Elmo at the turn of the 20th century. Buildings are intact but most not modernized showing the living conditions during the gold mining days. There is a place to purchase drinks, etc. The road from Nathrop is good and suitable for any vehicle.

Thank Tuna77573
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61 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

great old town. very friendly and you must feed the Chipmunks. If you have a ATV take it . lots of places to tour.

Thank marsaladenver

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