When you live in a state with as rich a history as Colorado, there’s no need to wait until the Halloween season to experience ghosts and ghouls. If you love all things paranormal, there are plenty of places where you can get your spooky fix no matter the season. If you’re a brave soul, check out these 11 terrifying places in Colorado that are absolutely horrifying:
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
The paranormal activity in Cripple Creek isn’t limited to just one location… the
entire town is haunted. As a historic mining town, it’s no surprise that this area has seen its fair share of deadly accidents and grisly tales. While the museums and casinos are cool to check out, there’s more than meets the eye - including a ghostly girl who hangs out in the stairwell of Bronco Billy’s, the spirits of inmates at the Outlaws & Lawmen Jail Museum, and the ghosts of children at Gold Camp Road…
2. Gold Camp Road (Colorado Springs)
...Let's delve a bit more into this haunt, shall we? According to legend, one of the tunnels at Gold Camp Road collapsed on a school bus full of orphans, killing them and the driver. When you visit today, keep your eyes and ears peeled, as it is said you can still hear the children's screams and find small, dusty handprints on your car.
Address: South Gold Camp Way, Colorado Springs, CO 80116
Woodglen Park (Thornton)
Do you think that all parks are full of childhood innocence and whimsy? Think again. Located in Thornton, Woodglen Park is home to the ghost of a high school student who was locked in a park restroom that caught fire and burned down. Sadly, this spirit never found rest, as he can still be heard screaming from the new park restrooms.
Address: 11551 Madison Street, Thornton, CO 80233
Stanley Hotel (Estes Park)
We couldn't possibly make a list of the most terrifying places without mentioning the most famous haunted spot in Colorado! Opened in 1909, the Stanley Hotel was the inspiration for Stephen King's iconic "The Shining," as it is home to mysterious shadows, moving objects, sounds, and flickering lights.
Address: 333 East Wonderview Avenue, Estes Park, CO 80517
Riverdale Road (Thornton)
We’ve always gotten a creepy feeling when driving down this road… and now we know why: it has been the site of many morbid events over the years. When you drive Riverdale, watch your back, as the road is said to be haunted by the spirit of a crazy man who killed his family and burned down their home. Horrid stories of slave lynchings are also attached to this stretch of roadway, and some tell of a nearby chicken coop that housed conjured demons and spirits.
Molly Brown House Museum (Denver)
Not only did Molly Brown survive the sinking of the Titanic, but she has also apparently outlasted her own death, as visitors and workers at the Molly Brown House claim to see her rearranging her former home's furniture! As if that wasn't weird enough, some claim to catch the scent of her ex-husband’s cigars, while others have reported seeing lightbulbs being unscrewed by unseen hands.
Address: 1340 Pennsylvania Street, Denver, CO 80203
Colorado Prison Museum (Canon City)
When you house a museum inside an old prison, it should come as no surprise that it is teeming with paranormal activity, as demonstrated by the one-of-a-kind Colorado Prison Museum. In addition to the hundreds of historic artifacts, look for floating orbs and listen for the blood-curdling screams of former inmates who remain imprisoned here, even in the afterlife.
Address: 201 North 1st Street, Cañon City, CO 81212
Meeker Hotel & Cafe (Meeker)
Do you prefer your meal with a side of terror? If so, you are sure to scream for the historic Meeker Hotel & Cafe, which not only has a delicious dinner menu, but also the ghosts of original owner Charlie Dunbar and the mysterious Painted Lady.
Address: 560 Main Street, Meeker, CO 81641
Central City Masonic Cemetery (Central City)
Every cemetery is eerie in its own way, but the Central City Masonic Cemetery takes it to a whole new level. The ghost of a woman dressed in black is often seen laying flowers on the grave of a deceased loved one.
Surprise - your favorite Colorado mountain town is haunted! According to popular folklore, the actual lake is the site of a violent storm that killed hundreds of Ute women and children who were sitting on rafts during a battle.
Cheesman Park (Denver)
Note to self: Never build a park over a cemetery that was never properly exhumed or you may have to deal with a ton of unsettled spirits who never really left.