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quick trip from Princeton

We always head on up to St. elmo for a nice blast to the past. the exchange is a must see and take... read more

Reviewed 15 January 2019
scott m
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 14 November 2018
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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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 walk around great place to visit the main road fall colors south park humming birds
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Reviewed 15 January 2019

We always head on up to St. elmo for a nice blast to the past. the exchange is a must see and take your time as you walk through the town and take in the craftsmanship from many years ago.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank scott m
Reviewed 5 January 2019

Super fun to drive up and see the old buildings. Lots of people on snow mobiles so it was a bit noisy but I still enjoyed it!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank epltr
Reviewed 14 December 2018

The ride up to St. Elmo is picturesque and Memorable. The road is narrow, with some switchbacks. When you arrive at the top, the parking area is small and expectations are high. Most of the buildings are difficult to view, with some being for sale....More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Brnwaterbill
Reviewed 12 December 2018

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 14 November 2018

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
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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
1  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
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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
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