Saint Elmo to Mount Princeton Hot Springs

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Want to ride mostly downhill and avoid those tough mountain climbs?  This ride may be perfect for you.  We drive high into mountains and start our ride in downtown Saint Elmo, one of the best preserved historic ghost towns in Colorado.  We warm up with a historical tour of the town, taking time to view and photograph the fabled Stark Mercantile store, miner’s cabins, saloons and the original 1882 schoolhouse.  It’s fun to cruise around and imagine what this wild gold rush town must have been like during it’s heyday in the late 1800s.

From St. Elmo, we descend a dirt road along beautiful Chalk Creek past mining remnants, a pioneer cemetery, and one of the oldest hydroelectric plants in the area.  We rejoin the main road just above roaring Cascade Falls before riding down a section of the old narrow-gauge railway – now converted to a rail trail.  Finally, we hit pavement again for a final downhill section that finishes at the renowned Mount Princeton Hot Springs.  The hot springs are a welcome respite after the ride and you can soak in one of their big pools or find a pool right in Chalk Creek itself.

This is a fun ride for the whole family that takes in mountain views, a ghost town, stories about the old days, old railroad grades and few hills.

We run this trip in one of two ways, straight from the shop in downtown Salida, or we can pick you up right at the hot springs and shuttle from there.  If you start in downtown Salida, we can offer you  the option to stop and soak for a couple of hours at the Mount Princeton Hot Springs on our way home.

Miles: 16 – All on Dirt Roads

Duration:  2-4 hours, plus 40 minute shuttle each way and time to soak at the hot springs

Difficulty: Easy

Trails: Railroad Grades and Dirt Roads

Rates: $125 per person.  Includes: front suspension mountain bike; guide; shuttle; snack; hot springs pass, and water bottle. (Two person minimum. Solo riders $60 up-charge.)