Do you believe in ghosts? Whether you’ve seen some for yourself, or you just love that spine-tingling feeling you get when you hear about them, we’ve created this road trip especially for you! It will take you to some of Utah’s most haunted places. Who knows? Maybe you’ll see one of these legendary ghosts. What are you waiting for? Gas up the car and start our haunted road trip…if you dare.
This road trip is 133 miles long, and would take you nearly four hours to complete, if you drove through without stopping.
We suggest you take your time! Consider staying overnight at the haunted lodge along the way.
Rio Grande Depot, Salt Lake City
The Rio Grande Depot is most certainly haunted by several spirits, but the most famous is the Purple Lady. This beautiful woman is wearing a dark purple hat and dress from the early 1900s and is seen in the women’s bathroom and balcony area. She apparently was killed at the depot when she and her fiance got into a fight. He threw her ring down onto the tracks, and she was hit and killed by an oncoming train as she ran down to retrieve it.
Salt Lake City Cemetery
The Salt Lake City Cemetery is so old, that it’s had plenty of time to collect unhappy spirits who’ve failed to move on to the afterlife. “Emo” will appear to you if you light a candle, circle his crypt three times and then peer into it. The ghost of a small child has been seen here, and is sometimes heard sobbing late at night.
Fort Douglas, Salt Lake City
Fort Douglas was the site of several suicides and murders in its early years between 1896 and 1901, and some of those spirits may haunt the cemetery and fort museum today. One ghost most often seen is the one nicknamed, “Clem,” who is a short, stocky man with a beard, wearing a Civil War-era uniform. He seems happy enough, but tends to startle museum staff when he shows up unexpectedly.
Brigham Young Farmhouse, This is the Place Monument
If you’ve ever visited This Is The Place Monument, you’ve seen Brigham Young’s distinctive pink farmhouse. It’s said to be haunted by several spirits, including two of Brigham’s wives - Ann Eliza Webb and Lucy Ann Decker. Ann was not a happy polygamist (in fact, she later left the church and wrote a scathing memoir about her experience). She particularly hated the noise that the children made running around the porch. She shows up in one of the upper bedrooms. Lucy is supposedly a kindly spirit who is often witnessed in the kitchen during tours. Staff and visitors have also claimed to see Brigham Young himself at the house.
Park City Silver Mines
Though they’re long abandoned, the silver mines near Park City are reported to be haunted by miners.
Heber City Cemetery
Visit this cemetery during the day or night and you might see something otherworldly. During the day, visitors see a little girl playing around the headstones. As they approach...she disappears. At night, footsteps and male laughter are heard amongst the trees.
Have you ever visited Timpanogos Cave for a tour? As part of the tour, they always turn off the lights for a minute to show you just how dark the cave is. Imagine if you saw floating orbs of light and heard moaning sounds? Park visitors and staff claim to have heard both inside this beautiful cave.
American Fork Canyon
Whatever you do, don't pick up a hitchhiker in this canyon. Two ghosts - one a young woman, and the other an older man, are said to wander the canyon at night, hitchhiking. After they get into your car, they'll have a short conversation with you before disappearing.
Porter’s Place, Lehi
A male ghost, wearing a long, leather coat is often sighted at Porter’s Place - a bar in Lehi. Both staff and guests claim to have seen him. As he walks across the dining room, he disappears right into the wall! Objects are often moved around after employees go home, and sometimes the chairs are even stacked neatly.
Silver Fork Lodge, Brighton
Guests at the Silver Fork Lodge at Brighton report feeling cold spots throughout the hotel, along with a general feeling of discomfort. Late at night, footsteps and whispers are supposedly heard right inside guests’ rooms. Staff reports objects being moved, and electronics and lighting flickering and turning themselves on and off.
If you’re driving through Big Cottonwood Canyon in the dark, watch for a ghostly hitchhiker who appears on the road. As she walks right toward your car, she disappears in a fog.