New Mexico October 07, 2017
We Checked Out The 9 Most Terrifying Places In New Mexico And They’re Horrifying
Every state has its share of haunted stories and ghost lore, and New Mexico is no different. Here are nine of the most terrifying places in the state which are guaranteed to horrify.
1. Ghost Ranch, Abiquiú
The gorgeous scenery of
and Box Canyon—scenery that inspired renowned artist Georgia O’Keeffe—holds a deep, dark, and disturbing past. From cattle rustlers to unexplained disappearances to ghost stories, this is one eerie place.
2. Double Eagle Restaurant, Mesilla
A story about forbidden love and murder haunts the
Double Eagle Restaurant
where visitors have heard strange whispers and witnessed furniture moving on its own and glasses shattering for no reason.
This tiny town in the southern part of the state is chock full of
insane paranormal activity
due to its long history of death and destruction. From a sanitorium with reported satanic worship to haunted restaurants and schools to UFO sightings (a lot of them), Deming is a truly creepy, terrifying town.
4. Philmont Scout Ranch/Urraca Mesa, Cimarron
This large area near Cimarron has been the subject of much reported creepy goings-on. From flickering lights in the sky to apparitions to unexplained noises and creepy cat totems guarding the area,
is truly a sinister place.
5. New Mexico State Penitentiary, Santa Fe
In 1980 inmates took over the "old main" prison here for 36 hours. It became one of the worst prison riots in American history. During the carnage, 33 inmates died and many others, including guards, were injured. Rumors say the
is quite haunted, with visitors reporting considerable paranormal activity at this terrifying place.
6. St. James Hotel, Cimarron
This hotel’s claim to fame is that at least 26 people have died here—many of them violently. It’s no wonder, then, that the
St. James Hotel
is rumored to be haunted. In fact, one of the rooms is so haunted that it is padlocked shut and closed to guests.
7. Cuervo Ghost Town
This small, barely inhabited "living" ghost town with 58 residents is, indeed, creepy. Severed in half by the creation of Interstate 40,
abandoned buildings and eerie winds are sinister.
Located on the Jicarilla Apache Reservation, the town of
is rumored to house a secret underground military base that puts Nevada’s Area 51 to shame regarding classified experiments on aliens. Creepy, huh?
9. Lake Valley
Haunted or not, the small ghost town of
just looks the part. It could easily be a set from a truly creepy, post-apocalyptic movie.
Like many other southwestern states, New Mexico’s mining history has contributed to its storied, oftentimes horrific, past. From ghost towns to haunted hotels and restaurants to alien lore, the Land of Enchantment is not always so enchanting.
Have you visited any of these most terrifying places? Did I leave your favorite off this list? Please comment below.