Iron Ore City Graveyard Drive & Hike


Length of Hike: 1.2

Difficulty: Easy

The burial ground pays witness to the harsh life of the 19th century miner. Many who are buried in the Iron Ore City Graveyard in the late 1800’s died from disease, mining accidents, or murder. The most recent burial here was in 2008.



Directions to Iron Ore City Graveyard Drive & Hike

This trail is 7mi west of Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort on CR 162. Take right on CR 292, .5mi before reaching the ghost town of St. Elmo. CR 292 leads to the Iron City Campground and Graveyard


1.3 miles: see the remains of the first hydroelectric plant in the west (left)
1.8 miles: Memorial of Irene 20yds from the road (left)
2.5 miles: beautiful scenic vantage point
Also located 3 miles down CR 292 is an alpine lake which has wonderful shoreline views
(This is a private lake; fishing is not allowed)
3.4 miles: town of Alpine
5.7 miles: bridge connecting back to CR 162 which will take you back to the resort

10 Hiking Essentials

  1. Water (1.5 Liters per person per 5-6 hours)
  2. Snacks (Beef Jerky, nuts, power bar)
  3. Navigation (map and compass and/or GPS)
  4. Sunscreen
  5. Extra clothing (hat, socks, gloves)
  6. First aid supplies
  7. Light (headlamp or flashlight)
  8. Fire starter and matches/lighter
  9. CD Rom or mirror, whistle, mosquito repellant
  10. Emergency shelter (Biffy Bag)



*****Please Remember*****

You are starting your adventure at roughly 8,000ft.

You are likely going to an even higher altitude – hydration is key.

Water, Water, Water!

This activity is an extreme test of a person’s physical and mental limits and carries with it the potential for property loss, serious injury, and even death.  The risks include, but not limited to:  actions of other people, lack of hydration, weather, and/or other natural conditions.  Princeton Holdings, LLC DBA Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort is not liable for any injury, property loss, damage, death, etc. occurring due to any activity outlined by any information sheet provided by the property.  Guests are participating in these activities on their own merit and assume all liability, with no liability to Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort or its agents.


Surrounding Towns

Buena Vista, Colorado

Buena Vista, Colorado

Buena Vista, Colorado is just 9 miles from Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort. This unique mountain town is located on the Arkansas River. There are many shopping opportunities along with restaurants, a brewery and a distillery. LEARN MORE

Salida, Colorado

Salida, Colorado is 21 miles from the resort. This is Colorado’s largest National Historic District. Dine on the banks of the Arkansas River and explore the many art galleries in this historic downtown. This area was named Colorado’s first Creative Arts District. LEARN MORE


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