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Go for the environment, not the town itself

The town itself isn't really a ghost town. It is still inhabited and has a few tourist-oriented... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Almost spooky in Winter

We were visiting over Halloween, but a welcomed snowstorm meant we had the place pretty much to... read more

Reviewed 4 November 2018
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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All reviews beautiful drive mining town ground squirrels sunflower seeds wheel drive tin cup dirt road antique shop several miles worth the trip hiking trails out of the way walk around great place to visit the main road fall colors south park
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St Elmo is off the beaten path but it is a trip back to the early mining days. This short trip puts into perceptive what our early pioneers did to make a go it in this rugged mountain terrain.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Stephen G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The town itself isn't really a ghost town. It is still inhabited and has a few tourist-oriented businesses. Therefore, you aren't going to get a lot of history here and your photo ops of the buildings will have modern cars sitting in front of them....More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank montanapescado
Reviewed 4 November 2018

We were visiting over Halloween, but a welcomed snowstorm meant we had the place pretty much to ourselves. This is a real deal ghost town, but with all of the remaining buildings privately owned. It looks like that in summer, there is a B&B and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Wohlerguy
Reviewed 31 October 2018

No state has more ghost towns than Colorado. The gold rush brought humanity and hardship to the Rocky Mountains. Mining towns popped up by the dozens. But just as quickly most of them were abandoned when the gold or silver ran out. Such was the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Taylor B
Reviewed 30 October 2018 via mobile

The views are amazing but the place it self is a total let down. Old looking houses worth no explanation of what they used to be or anything really historical... only creepy thing was a doll by a window... boring...

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank VerokP
Reviewed 15 October 2018

It is about a 10 mile trip up to St. Elmo. We did it after a pretty hard two days of rain, so the road was a bit muddy. However the drive up was pretty and the town itself was actually pretty large. Looks like...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Janet T
Reviewed 13 October 2018 via mobile

The drive to St Elmo was beautiful with the autumn colours along the road, really easy to visit if staying around Mount Princeton. The actual town is very small and much of it closed at the minute for repairs, still well worth the trip if...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 160stefm
Reviewed 6 October 2018

The drive was lovely, but the destination was a huge let-down. No historical buildings or ruins: just a junky collection of modern homes, a parking area and a feeding area for ground squirrels. There are REAL ghost towns in Colorado: don't waste your time driving...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank divawombat
Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

Awesome to view a look back into the past. Hard to imagine people working and living so far away from civilization. Last bit is a hard-packed dirt road suitable for any vehicle.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Kevin G
Reviewed 29 September 2018 via mobile

What a beautiful drive up to St Elmo ghost town this time of year. The leaves are changing and the wind is cool, Colorado is so beautiful. We stoped on the way there at Alpine lake and it was amazing with the changing leaves. There...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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16 October 2017|
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Response from Courtney H | Reviewed this property |
The town should be open to walk around, but there really isn't much to see :( nearly every building is private property or private residence, so windows are either completely boarded up or blinds and curtains block view... More
Dee M
16 September 2017|
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Response from Stay10012 | Reviewed this property |
Yes I saw many dogs (leashed)
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Response from SLWatty | Reviewed this property |
We drove by the turnoff to St. Elmo on Monday and there did not seem to be anywhere near the same haze there is currently in the Denver area. It is a beautiful drive through the San Isabel National Forest. Watch for deer on... More