St. Elmo Ghost Town has a few ghost stories, is well preserved, and at close to 10,000 ft. elevation, the setting is sensational. If you are the curious sort you will find more here than just old buildings.


One of the best preserved Ghost Towns in the Western USA

Upon entering town the “General Store” open in the summer months has a selection like no other general stores. Occasionally you will find the owners wandering around in the off season, who let us peek around the goodies & antiques in the backyard of the store.

Pure mountain hospitality found in St. Elmo.

Only two places are open in town, the rest of town is left to a few inhabitants and the local ghosts. “Ghost Town Guest House Bed & Breakfast” is open year-round and is the home of the most famous ghost in St. Elmo, Dirty Annie”, if you are inclined to believe in such things… I found the area beautiful and not filled with hauntings of any kind.

Day trip

St. Elmo Ghost Town nestled in the Collegiate Peaks, Colorado

Bring sunflower seeds and hand feed an abundance of busy chipmunks next to the Guest House. Kids love it.

Wandering through the town of St. Elmo, with numerous original late 1800’s buildings still standing, surrounded by pines, spruce and aspens, you get a sense of how it used to be.

Knowing what altitude we are at it’s a mystery how they lived through the winters. Nowadays, it looks like a great adventure to explore on snowshoes.


Founded in 1880, St. Elmo lies in the heart of the Sawatch Range

St. Elmo was one known as Forest City, later changing its name and at one time boasting 2000 residents after a massive gold rush. The majority of town worked the popular Mary Murphy Mine.

At the end of Poplar St., head up the hill, and find a trail. We ventured aways and found an old wood rail car, and soon realized we were following the “once upon a time” tracks leading to the historic Alpine Tunnel.

Colorado hiking

Hiking trails leading out of  St. Elmo to explore, Colorado

Heading back towards St. Elmo, we passed more old restored cabins, wandered on side trails to a creek bed and eventually landed back into the heart of town.



Cabins, Charm of St. Elmo Ghost Town, Colorado

An old school house sitting in a cluster of aspen trees, restored inside and out, sitting on the edge of town is a must see.

Historic schools

St. Elmo School House surrounded by Aspen Trees & Colorado’s amazing wildlife

Picturesque ghost town, history, wildlife, hiking trails, a scenic valley nestled in the Collegiate Peaks of the Sawatch Range, keep us busy for hours.

Getting there:
On Hwy 285 going south from Buena Vista, CO., go just past Nathrop, CO., and turn right onto County Rd 162. St. Elmo is 19 miles on a well maintained road.

Information on year round lodging at “Ghost House Guest House Bed & Breakfast”, visit,

Information on “St. Elmo General Store”, and more, visit,

Want more Colorado Day Adventures?

Hike or snowshoe to a captivating Historic 1879 Resort. One of our favorite day adventures along the shores of Twin Lakes, CO, click here, for a peek.

If you enjoyed St. Elmo Ghost Town, you will be enthralled with South Park City, an Authentic 1800’s town of 40+ buildings to explore, a family friendly day adventure, click here, for a peek.