• Activities:

    Chillin, Photography

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

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This very historic ghost town in Colorado is a scenic stop if you're passing through Nathrop. Be sure to bring your camera to capture some amazing shots of the town.

If you're willing to go off the beaten path to a neat little ghost town, St. Elmo, Colorado is the place for you! About 2 and a half hours west of Colorado Springs, Colorado lies the town of St. Elmo, high up in the White River National Forest.

The town itself was founded in 1880 when they discovered gold and silver in the area but slowly began to decline in the 1920's as the mining industry declined.

While you're there be sure to head into the general store and pick up a pack of sunflower seeds to feed the very cute and friendly resident chipmunks!

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Cash (if you desire anything from the general store)
  • Warm clothes depending on the season
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So, I drove a couple hours specifically to check this place out, because the pictures seemed really cool. The drive was awesome, seeing the collegiate peaks in Buena vista leading into the pass towards St Elmo was great. When we got to St Elmo thought, I won't lie, I pretty disappointed. Its one main road with some old buildings but not really anything to explore. We walked around for 10 or 15 minutes and by then, we had seen it all. My advice would be: If you're in the area of Buena Vista, go check it out. But if this is a trip destination you're planning on driving a couple hours to, there are better places to go.

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

I went during the winter and large snow banks were along the road to it made it difficult to take photos of the entire building. Also, take county line 162. The maps on iPhone led me county like 290 and that road was closed. It was a cool place to visit!

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

St Elmo is an interesting "ghost town" with an eclectic general store. The town still has some residents so unlike more abandoned places it's not a great spot for night photography.

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

Kristen May

Adventurer, hiker, and photographer. Planning my move to Salt Lake City to help further protect our public lands.

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