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5 Real Life Haunted Places In Colorado
Halloween is a magically spooky time in Colorado—colorful leaves abound, a cold crisp in the air, and plenty of century-old sites to explore.
If you’re into ghost-hunting and traveling Colorado in the name of all things scary, here are just a handful of haunted spots all over the state, from 19th-century hotels and abandoned mining towns to ghostly cemeteries and places of unfortunate events.
1. STANLEY HOTEL
What list of haunted Colorado sites would be complete without the Stanley Hotel? Perhaps best known for inspiring Stephen King’s The Shining, The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park is teaming with ghost stories. According to longtime staff, no less than four spirits regularly roam the hotel’s corridors—most notably, Lucy, Paul, Eddie, and Elizabeth. The Concert Hall is a particular hot spot for paranormal activity; lights flicker, laughter and footsteps echo off the walls, and chilly drafts greet its guests unexpectedly. Learn more at stanleyhotel.com
2. CHEESMAN PARK
Cheesman Park is a delightful recreational area in the heart of Denver—the perfect spot for picnicking, jogging, walking the dog, or tossing around a football. But originally, the grounds were the site of Mount Prospect Cemetery, founded in 1858, until a park was built on top of the graveyard, a la Poltergeist. In 2010, workers digging trenches for the park’s irrigation system discovered four skeletons from the abandoned cemetery. According to Doug Gibbs, project manager for Colorado Designscapes, Inc., metal casket hinges were found, but the wood caskets had completely decomposed. Learn more at cheesmanpark.net.
3. COLORADO PRISON MUSEUM
If you’re in the Royal Gorge Region and looking for a scare, stop by the Museum of Colorado Prisons—a structure that shares a stone wall and armed towers with a prison that has been in continuous operation since 1871. With over 140 years of history, the cell house has two floors: 30 inmate cells on the upper level, and archival storage, original kitchen, and isolation cells on the lower level. Tour the creepy exhibits, which include stories of famous inmates—most notably, a man who was convicted of cannibalism and a 12-year-old boy convicted of murder. Eek! Learn more at prisonmuseum.org.
4. HOTEL COLORADO
Numerous 19th-century lodgings swarm Colorado, but not many can say they were converted to a hospital during World War II, which hosted as many as 500 injured military personnel in its chambers, nor can they boast of giant ovens in their basement, supposedly once used as crematoriums for the dead. But alas, the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs can say just that, and more. Its ghostly reputation is also attributed to the spirits of the area’s Ute Indian inhabitants, who frequented the hot springs before their untimely exile. Learn more at hotelcolorado.com.
5. MOLLY BROWN HOUSE MUSEUM
Molly Brown, the famous survivor of the Titanic disaster in 1912, once lived in this Victorian Denver home built in 1889. With over 100 years of history and at times serving as a private residence, an apartment complex for young men, and a home for wayward girls, the house is associated with eerie ghost lore—including hauntings from Molly herself—and frequent visits from paranormal investigators. Acting now as an educational outlet, the Molly Brown House Museum offers historical tours of both the house and the neighborhood. Learn more at www.mollybrown.org.
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