Short hike and tour of Colorado’s best preserved ghost towns

This week we decided to take a bit of a break on our weekly hikes by heading up to Chaffee and Summit County, Colorado and the historic towns of Nathrop, St. Elmo and Breckenridge.

Our first stop was beautiful Agnes Vallie Falls. Only a mile round trip, the hike up was really fun. The beginning of the trail consists of about a quarter mile of well groomed granite steps. The waterfall is in an interesting area where the rocky terrain tilts sideways in all direction and the falling water is the only way to get your balance bearings. Sandy and I sat back and watched the falls for several minutes. It was a very relaxing time.

On he way down we were presented with a great view of Mt. Antero, one of Colorado’s 54 – 14,000+ foot peaks.

After hiking back to our car, we headed up the road to the best preserved ghost town in Colorado, St. Elmo. The townsfolk are boastful that the little mining camp is not “restored”, but preserved.

This is one of two narrow gauge train cars which were abandoned in the town when the rail lines ceased to run to St. Elmo and beyond.

Here is a neat link that shows the history of the town:

We stopped in at the Miners Exchange and bought some ice cream. It was one of a few open businesses in the town.

After leaving St. Elmo we headed to the resort at Mt. Princeton Hot Springs. It is really neat. It has several hot springs which heat about a total of fifteen pools. Several of the pools are in the river, so you adjust some loose rocks to allow just the right cool river water into your really hot spot. It is a real engineering feat to get just the right amount of mix so the temperature is just right.

After a relaxing night, it was off to Breckenridge where we volunteered as Course Marshall’s for the 2013 USA Pro Cycling Challenge.

The pro cyclists are amazing athletes. They rode from Aspen, over Independence Pass (12,000 foot elevation, over Hoosier Pass and Boreas Pass before sprinting to the finish.

The top three at the finish stage.




Filed under Mark & Sandy's Camino 2014

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