Colorado. Home of purple mountain majesties, rolling plains as far as the eye can see, and ghosts. Wait.. ghosts?! That’s right, folks; we have our fair share of haunted hotels in Colorado, plus towns, and parks that draw in paranormal thrill seekers from around the world. From some of the scariest places in Colorado to the creepiest, here are 10 of the most haunted places in the Colorado.
1.) Stanley Hotel (Estes Park)
Heeeere's Johnny (sorry, I had to do it)! The Stanley Hotel is hands down the most famous and notorious haunted hotel in the Rocky Mountain region, with reports of paranormal activity beginning in the 1970s. Today the hotel is a favorite destination for both dignitaries and ghost hunters alike.
2.) Molly Brown House (Denver)
Poor Molly Brown just can't catch a break.. first, the Titanic (which she survived, earning her the nickname "Unsinkable" Molly Brown), and now a haunted house! Several employees at the Denver landmark have reported dark shadows moving about the rooms, piano keys moving on their own, and the smell of fresh cigar smoke (Mr. Brown was an avid smoker).
3.) Brown Palace Hotel (Denver)
The Brown Palace (no relation to Molly Brown) is the second-oldest operating hotel in Denver and hosted its fair share of guests over the years. Since its grand opening in 1892, the hotel has never closed for a day, which could explain the eerie phone calls from vacant rooms, strange voices when no one is around, and the sightings of an old train conductor.
4.) Central City Masonic Cemetery (Central City)
Cemeteries are the perfect setting for a haunting and the Masonic Cemetery is no exception (See: young woman in black dress leaving flowers on the grave of her beloved).
5.) St. Cloud Hotel (Canon City)
Ghosts playing in the hallway, pranking guests, and stacking chairs up in empty rooms? I’m going to go out a limb here and declare that the St. Cloud is indeed haunted.
6.) Imperial Hotel (Cripple Creek)
Former hotel owner George Long met his untimely death when he (under suspicious circumstances) fell down a flight of stairs. Today, George can be “seen” groping women and playing the slots at his hotel. Note to self: Bring pepper spray when staying at the Imperial (pepper spray totally works on ghosts... right?).
7.) Cheesman Park (Denver)
I have actually been to Cheesman Park on a number of occasions and never realized that it was built on an old cemetery… I’m not going back anytime soon.
8.) Hotel Jerome (Aspen)
They may as well just call this the “Bad Luck Hotel” as several guests reportedly checked in but never checked out (deaths by drowning, mean-spirited pranks, and a broken heart). Though the deaths occurred decades (some even centuries) ago, the deceased can still be sensed roaming the halls, swimming, and “assisting” in chores on the premise.
9.) Fitzsimons Army Hospital (Aurora)
I will argue that every deserted hospital has some sort of paranormal activity and Fitzsimons proves just that; the hospital grounds are said to be haunted by angry spirits, sightings of deceased military, and unexplainable noises.
It seems to me that the entire town of Blackhawk is haunted as ghost sightings have been reported at various casinos, hotels, and cemeteries.
Is anyone else considering booking a room at one of these ghostly hotels this Halloween? I know I am! Which of these creepy Colorado spots have you visited?