Saint Elmo should probably be listed under a Buena Vista, Colorado, page as it is closer to that town than Salida. We visited Saint Elmo as a side trip from Salida, however.
There are 24 original buildings, including a store, saloon, courthouse and jail, and private homes. Only 8 people now live in this once-thriving little village. The general store is open to the public during summer months.
To get there, take Highway 24 to County Road 162 and follow for 19 miles.
West of Salida on Highway 59 is Monarch Pass. At this point - also the continental divide, the road's elevation is 11,312 feet. Your automobile had better be in good working order to tackle the grades and elevations on this stretch of highway. And, a word of caution, be prepared to have your brakes worked on after driving over highways like this.
From this viewpoint, you can see a number of switchbacks on the highway leading up to Monarch Pass, as well as the runs at Monarch Ski Area.
Saint Elmo is now privately owned. Its caretakers have chosen not to attempt to restore it to its original condition, but to leave it as was when abandoned.
This building served as church for the community, and from what I read about the rowdy inhabitants, it appears a lot of them needed to spend more time here and less in the nearby saloon!