Adorable Chipmunks Will Eat From Your Hand in This Colorado Ghost Town
If you've wanted to hang out with cute animals like a Disney princess, then I have good news for you.
In the ghost town of St. Elmo, Colorado, you can feed adorable chipmunks and ground squirrels right from your hand.
You might be thinking: "Aren't we supposed to avoid feeding wildlife?" While that's typically true, this experience is an exception.
The town sells animal food outside the general store, and there's even a designated feeding area.
What is St. Elmo, Colorado?
According to the town's website, miners founded St. Elmo in 1880. Almost 2,000 people called the town home until 1922, when its train tracks shut down.
St. Elmo's last family left for good in 1958, rendering the area a ghost town.
Today, the town has a population of 3 and is open to tourists through mid-October (you can visit in the winter but will have less access).
St. Elmo is in Chaffee County off of Country Road 162.
How to Feed the Chipmunks (and Ground Squirrels) in St. Elmo
Head to the town's general store, Miner's Exchange, to purchase bags of seeds for 50¢. Drop your change in the jar outside the store — it's an honor system.
Once you have your food, head across the street to feed the animals. Fill your hands with seeds and stay still — you'll soon be surrounded by cuteness.
There is one rule: don't pick up the animals. Otherwise, sit back and watch the critters stuff their cheeks.
St. Elmo isn't the only ghost town the Centennial State has to explore. Take an alphabetical of Colorado's ghost towns in the gallery below.