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St. Elmo

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Address: Nathrop, CO
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+1 719-395-2117

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Vacation get away

This town is very old and very real nothing fake here, you can walk the town and imagine it when it was working in 1880 the stream and surrounding areas are very natural. The... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This town is very old and very real nothing fake here, you can walk the town and imagine it when it was working in 1880 the stream and surrounding areas are very natural. The ground squirrels and chipmunks along with the many hummingbirds are great to see.

Thank Regina C
Fort Collins, Colorado
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited just yesterday, early May and nothing was open. It was a fantastic drive from Nathrop. I felt like I was in northern Canada for parts of it. The road was absolutely fine, even with snow here and there. I previously thought it closed in winter - I don't think it does. Several campgrounds along the way, all still... More 

Thank eedoonan
Manchester, New Hampshire
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well worth the drive to experience a real ghost town. Drove out on a family road trip around Colorado. This is a must see!

Thank nrmarzian0
Denver, Colorado
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41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was here a few years back and it looked like there were people living here. Perhaps they were squatters? They may be gone by now anyway it was fun to see the old buildings.

Thank Sam H
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was an interesting place to visit. However I would not call it a ghost town. The abandoned buildings were interesting, but there are power poles and electric lines crisscrossing the entire town. Also the over abundance of modern speed limit signs and no trespassing signs on every building detract from most photography opportunities. And I was very surprised that... More 

Thank Dariea V
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Reviewed 4 April 2017

We drove there in early April. The road is long, it took us about 30 min. to get there from highway 285. It was snow packed the entire second half. All the stores were closed and what I saw, while there is clearly evidence of a town that was once there, is not much to see in my opinion. Perhaps... More 

1 Thank Roberta H
Chicago, Illinois
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89 reviews
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Reviewed 27 March 2017

The mountain drive alone was worth it through the San Isabel National Forest, close to the Chalk Cliffs, and I know this is a ghost town, but I was hoping there would be a little more to see once we got there. The general store opens on Mother's Day. It was fun to see the building facades, but it is... More 

2 Thank SLWatty
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Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

Great little ghost town! Worth the drive, if you like remote off the beaten path outdoors. Spectacular views! Neat, but touristy(to be expected) general store. Tons of Hummingbirds!!!

Thank Elise B
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42 reviews
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Reviewed 22 March 2017

i came to visit here and believe me it was amazing, it is like a small ghost town. but not in a scary sense. i love the old design of the stores. this place has so much history and story. accessible to all.

Thank louisey878
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 30 December 2016

Well maintained road to the little mining town of St. Elmo. Great history and a lot of fun to walk around with visiting friends and family!

Thank Marleigh H

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