Experience The Friendly Chipmunks of St. Elmo

Visit the historic ghost town of St. Elmo to feed the friendly chipmunks.

St. Elmo, Colorado, a former gold mining camp in Chaffee County, is nestled in the Sawatch Range, 20 miles southwest of Buena Vista. Today, it is one of the best-preserved ghost towns in Colorado and the entire district was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

While the historic buildings are definitely worth the visit, it’s the town’s small, fuzzy residents that make the experience unique. Visitors are encouraged to feed the wild chipmunks, and it is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

To tour the ghost town and experience the St. Elmo chipmunks for yourself, head toward Mt. Princeton and then keep following the road up to the top. The road is good enough that any vehicle can make it all the way up, no 4×4 required.

Check out the gallery below featuring my 10-year-old son Jack, my wife Natalie, and the incredibly adorable Chipmunks of St. Elmo. As long as you’re quiet and patient, the chipmunks will gladly climb into your hands and lap to eat the seeds.

The Chipmunks of St. Elmo


Terry West

Broadcasting has been my passion for 23 years. I have recorded for radio, television, educational videos, audiobooks, podcasts, video games, apps, documentaries, and Internet videos with clients ranging from Disney, Volkswagen, Buick, Best Buy and Harley Davidson to NBC.

I’ve held every job in a radio station from part-time scum, sales, DJ, News Director, Production Director, Managing Editor, Digital Guru, all the way to #1 rated Morning Show Host and Program Director.

I am the Morning Show Host for Eagle Country 104, hold down afternoons on The Peak 92.3, and the Digital Managing Editor for Heart of the Rockies Radio.

I’m a Gen X refugee that fears the day my generation will rule the world. I’m currently stockpiling goods and supplies in Salida, Colorado with my wife Natalie and soon-to-be mad scientist son, Jack.

My name is Terry West: I know the truth about the One Ring, how to gank a demon, The Doctor’s name, and the Death Star’s only weakness. I am a father, husband, writer, broadcast professional, and Voice Over Talent.
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