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Aug 17, 2020 - Alpine Tunnel Hike

The Alpine Tunnel hike is in the San Isabel National Forest near Nathrop, CO (our campground location) This was a nice out & back 5.6 mile easy hike that is actually a former railroad bed. Remnants of wood rail ties still remain in many locations along the trail. The trail leads to a former railroad tunnel carved through the mountain but has since been deemed too dangerous so it was dynamited shut. All that remains today is a sign indicating the tunnels location and a pile of rocks that now close off the entrance. We did the hike with Kipp...

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Jul 18, 2020 - Return to St. Elmo

Last time we visited St. Elmo was May 13, 2020. (see journal entry #8). At that time, The Covid Virus restrictions were keeping folks home for the most part and St Elmo had very few visitors. Today after Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Covid restrictions being lifted to some extent the ghost town of Saint Elmo is alive and packed with visitors on this summer weekend. The town is a jumping off point for several rough 4WD roads in the Sawatch Mountain Range. With patience and eye of a good photographer, Jim managed to snap a few photos...

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Sep 8, 2016 - St Elmo

We spent the last 3 nights at the Iron City cg which is located right outside of St Elmo, an old mining town. At the end of the cg is an old cemetery from the late 1800s. The historical society had erected a board listing the people who were buried there and many of them had the cause of death. A 75 ft fall down a mine shaft, an explosion in the mine, gas poisoning, starvation, and freezing to death were a few causes. We took the atv 6 miles up a rough road to Tincup pass at 12,154 and then hiked about another 3/4 mile to the summit....

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Sep 3, 2013 - St. Elmo Ghost Town

We had another awesome drive in Colorado today. We drove to St. Elmo, Colorado to visit the St. Elmo ghost town. The town was founded in 1880, St. Elmo lies in the heart of the Sawatch Range, 20 miles southwest of Buena Vista and sits at an elevation of 9,961 feet. Nearly 2,000 people settled in this town when mining for gold and silver became evident. The mining industry started to decline in the early 1920s, and in 1922 the train discontinued service. The community is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the St. Elmo...

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