Do you still have a bit of a hangover from Halloween? Does the paranormal tickle your fancy? How about haunted hotspots… do you find them thrilling? If you answered yes to any of these questions, read on, as we will be discussing the 10 most disturbing places you can go in Colorado and why you should plan to visit:
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Okay, so Linger isn't necessarily known for being haunted, but it is still a fun and somewhat morbid little eatery that is housed in the former Olinger Mortuary building. When you visit, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the coffin shaped menus, formaldehyde water bottles, and other death-themed accessories.
Royal Gorge Bridge
Once again, this location isn't haunted per se, but is terrifying none-the-less, as the Royal Gorge Bridge is considered to be one of the highest suspension bridges in the world! (In other words, if you have a fear of heights, don't even mess with this.)
Administrative Maximum Facility Florence
Unless you are a cold-hearted criminal, it is probably best that you stay away from the Administrative Maximum Facility Florence; a supermax prison that has at one time or another housed killers such as Terry Nichols, the Unibomber, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Molly Brown House
You’ve seen the movie, taken the home tour, and maybe even watched the Broadway musical… but how well do you really know the Unsinkable Molly Brown and her allegedly haunted home? According to tour guides, museum workers, and tourists alike, the home will inexplicably smell like Molly's husband's pipe smoke at random times, have light bulbs mysteriously undone, and even have furniture rearranged by what appears to be a spirit wearing a Victorian dress. In addition, claims have been made that the ghosts of Molly, her husband, family members, and past guests can be seen wandering the halls of the home, while others have felt cold spots in strange locations.
Riverdale Road (AKA The Gates of Hell)
Amidst the Cottonwood Tree lined, windy roads of rural Thornton lies the seemingly innocent Riverdale Road; the alleged site of several manic instances ranging from an insane man murdering his wife and children by setting their mansion on fire, to the grizzly lynchings of former slaves, to the mysterious underground chicken coop that was once home to conjured demons and spirits. As if this wasn’t enough history for one city road, legend also has it that the ghost of a Camero driver (and his car) coax living visitors into racing to their death, while demon phantom dogs and children play along the unpaved sides. Yikes!
Located to the northeast of Colorado Springs is a small and picturesque area that makes you think you have left the Front Range for a quaint and wooded mountain town. What you may not realize about the area, however, are the dark legends that surround it and terrify its nearly 14,000 residents, including the grim haunting of a small cabin.
Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site
If you visit this National Historic Landmark after dark or decide to camp near it (which, by the way, you need a special permit for!), keep your eyes and ears peeled for the heart-wrenching shadows and screams of the poor men, women, and children who had their lives taken during this senseless massacre.
Built in 1891 (and opened in 1893), Hotel Colorado is one of the state's oldest hotels that has served a number of distinguished guests over the years, including Presidents William Howard Taft and Theodore Roosevelt. Just what makes this beautiful and historic structure haunted? According to hotel guests and employees, it is not uncommon to hear the sound of a woman's blood curdling scream (thought to be that of a former chambermaid murdered by her lover in one of the guest rooms), to see a ghostly female standing over sleeping male guests, or to witness a little Victorian girl playing around the hotel with her ball.
Museum of Colorado Prisons
According to numerous reports, the premises of the former women's prison are plagued with the lingering spirits of those who resided in the women’s prison. When you visit the museum, keep your eyes, ears, and nose peeled for the common sight of orbs, sound of unexplained coughing and screams, and scent of fresh tobacco (when no one is around).
Gold Camp Road
Located in the hills of Colorado Springs' Bear Creek Park lie the tunnels of Gold Camp Road; a series of 3 arched tunnels that once served as not only a means of travel for the railroad, but automobiles as well. What makes these historic tunnels haunted? According to legend, one of the tunnels completely collapsed while a school bus full of orphans was driving through, instantly killing the driver and children upon impact. Since the children's (alleged) untimely deaths, those traveling to the area have reported several paranormal experiences, including the sound of children's screams, small and dusty handprints found on cars, and even the feeling of being pushed or scratched when no one is around.