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Leadville Area Ghost Towns: St. Elmo


St. Elmo

You can literally walk the streets of history in easily accessible St. Elmo. This is one of the best preserved ghost towns anywhere in Colorado. In fact, in addition to ghosts, a few real people still live there.

Walk down the old wooden sidewalks. Peek into the windows of old abandoned buildings. In St. Elmo, it's easy to imagine another time, not that long ago, when horses and wagons clopped and clattered down the very streets where you now walk.

To get to St. Elmo, drive south from Leadville on Highway 24 to Buena Vista. From Buena Vista, take Highway 285 south to Nathrop. Turn west on County Road 162 and follow the signs for St. Elmo. The drive is easy for a standard automobile.

Private Property & Responsible Recreation: Many buildings in St. Elmo & much of the surrounding area is Private Property. Venturing off of public roads and lands onto private land is trespassing. The surrounding mountains have miles of underground tunnels and shafts. The area is dangerous and a once safe and stable area can suddenly collapse. The buildings also are in various state of decay and are also unsafe. Obey any posted signs, travel & recreate responsibly, and always tread lightly.

From "Ghost Towns and Back Woods Trails of Chaffee County, Colorado" - a video tape program. Copyright 1997, Universal Systems, Inc.