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13 Creepy Ghost Tours in Every City in Colorado

These colorado ghost tours are full of gore, paranormal activity, and terrifying tales sure to thrill this fall season.

Ready for Halloween? We’ve compiled a list of 13 of Colorado’s scariest ghost tours sure to chill you to the bone. No matter where you are in Colorado, you can find a tour near you. Sign up early – most will sell out! (listed in alphabetical order)

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Uncover Aspen’s sordid past on this ghostly one-hour walking tour. One of Colorado’s most famous mountain towns will come alive as your expert guide reveals tales of terror dating back to 1879 and into the present. This unique experience will leave your skin crawling long after the tour!

Tour Provided By: Dean’s Aspen Tours | Book Now

2. Breckenridge

The ghosts of the Wild West will come out to play on this original walking tour that started in 2010. You’ll take part in the action – ghost hunting equipment included! Take this tour at night for the best effect or book a private tour in the daylight if you have little ones.

Tour Provided By: Breckenridge Tours | Book Now

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3. Buena Vista

Buena Vista’s bloody past will surprise and shock you on this gruesome tour full of true stories. See the location of the city’s only legal hanging, the old red light district, and buildings which are said to be haunted to this day. From murder stories to restless spirits, you’ll have trouble sleeping after taking this tour!

Tour Provided By: Salida Walking Tours | Book Now

4. Colorado Springs

Having been founded in 1871, many say that the streets of downtown Colorado Springs are full of phantoms and tortured souls. Some stories are true, but others are not. Your tour guide, who will be from the Pikes Peak Writers Guild, will seduce you with spooky stories…but will you be tricked? Take the tour to find out! Each ticket includes a free coffee drink from Wild Goose Meeting House.

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5. Denver – Capitol Hill

Did you know that the horror movies The Changeling and Poltergeist were inspired by a site in Denver’s Capitol Hill? Visit this site along with a defunct burial site and several haunted mansions to include one belonging to famous Titanic survivor “Unsinkable Molly Brown.”

Tour Provided By: Denver Walking Tours | Book Now

6. Denver – Cheeseman Park

Cheeseman Park is Denver’s first cemetery and will scare even the strongest among us. This one-and-a-half hour walking tour is full of chilling stories and first-hand accounts of paranormal activity. Beware of walking on the graves…you can never be too sure who you might offend!

Tour Provided By: Denver Local Tours | Book Now

7. Denver – LoDo (Walking Tour Only)

It’s no coincidence that some of downtown Denver’s most popular haunts by day are actually haunted by night! This walking tour will take you to iconic sites including Union Station, Coors Field, The Oxford Hotel, and Larimer Street to unearth eerie accounts of shadowy figures.

Tour Provided By: Best Tours of Denver | Book Now

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8. Denver – LoDo (Pub Crawl)

Quell your fear with a little liquid courage on this scary pub crawl in Denver’s downtown. You’ll go back in time to Prohibition when people used underground tunnels and seedy behavior was around every corner. Visit haunted bars and hear tales of gore and mystery. Tickets do not include the price of drinks.

Tour Provided By: Nightly Spirits | Book Now

9. Estes Park

When it comes to haunted mansion tours, nothing tops the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park. See the hotel room Steven King stayed in when he wrote The Shining and feel the strong paranormal activity as you pass through the halls. Guests of the hotel get discounted tickets.

Tour Provided By: The Stanley Hotel | Book Now

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10. Fort Collins

Why stay above ground when you can go below to get even closer to the dearly departed? The Fort Collins Ghost Tour takes you further than just seeing the most spooky landmarks to actually going underneath them. The tour runs from Memorial Day through Christmas and is only $20 per person.

Tour Provided By: Fort Collins Tours | Book Now

Golden might be home to Coors Brewery and the School of Mines, but it is chock-full of blood-curdling stories. From lynchings to murders to a “night of terror,” there is more than what meets the eye in this picturesque town. Note: parental guidance is suggested, and children under the age of 13 are discouraged from participating.

Tour Provided By: Colorado Haunted History | Book Now

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12. Manitou Springs

Many believe that ghosts still roam the streets of Manitou Springs in search of peace…or is it revenge? The Manitou Springs Heritage Center hosts shorter, 45-minute walking tours that provide a fun and theatrical experience. Don’t forget to visit their museum, which is free to the public.

Tour Provided By: Manitou Springs Heritage Center | Book Now

Did you know that Salida had its very own serial killer? Or a brothel that is haunted by its madam? Discover this and more on this 90-minute walking tour that features terrifying – and true – tales of the departed. Your guide will even get into the spirit of the night with a ghostly costume.

Let Colorado’s haunted past come alive with one of these chilling ghost tours! We hope you visit us as well while you’re in Colorado Springs on one of our walking food tours. They’re scary delicious! 😉

Cheers, Your  Rocky Mountain Food Tours Team

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Our live Ghost Walk is back by popular demand!  We cannot wait to greet you at the trailhead of Linwood Cemetery to take you on a journey through time you won't forget. This is our signature event  where “ghosts” share portrayals of real-life characters buried in Linwood Cemetery. Be sure to join us to meet the spirits that make Glenwood so special.   

 Tours are limited to 30 people each.  Participants need to carry lanterns or flashlights for the moderately strenuous 1/3-mile hike up to the cemetery. Once at the cemetery, the terrain is hilly and mildly strenuous.  Appropriate footwear and clothing for possible inclement weather is recommended.  

Masks are strongly encouraged while waiting at the trailhead and walking through the cemetery. They may be removed during the hike up.  DISCLAIMER:  Mask policy is subject to change based on local and state ordinances.

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Which ghost towns are near what Colorado towns?

October 27, 2022 By //  by  Matt Thomas

Visiting one of Colorado’s spooky ghost towns is a bucket list item for many. While few actually expect to see ghosts, nearly everyone who goes can appreciate the sightseeing opportunity of exploring abandoned former towns.

Ghost towns are an interesting, cerebral side-stop to add to your road trip . Most of these old mining villages are located at higher elevations in the Rocky Mountains, so the views are gorgeous and a lot like taking a mountain stroll with ruins and relics to stare at too. Whether you’re just passing through the county or camping locally, consider hitting a few of these ghost towns near you.

Ashcroft Ghost Town near Aspen CO

Let’s go over some popular vacation towns and the ghost towns closest to them. Most are on federal land and open to the public for free year-round, depending on weather access. A lot of them will be snowed out and unreachable and likely the reason they went belly up. However, a few gems you could spend a weird winter day lost in an old ghost town like Saint Elmo.

Some of these require a little hiking to reach, but most can be driven nearly right up to and parked. Others, however, do require 4-wheel-drive and high clearance, the latter usually is more important. Please respect any of the ghost towns you visit, do not remove or damage anything, and make sure to clean up your trash.

Several of these communities are only semi-ghost and have seasonal or year-round residents who appreciate their natural beauty and privacy. Also, there are many more ghost towns and ancient relics that aren’t listed below, waiting to be discovered.

Map of Colorado’s Top Ghost Towns

Here are the g host towns near _ _______ , CO , in alphabetical order: (click anchor link to jump to town)

  • Breckenridge
  • Colorado Springs
  • Copper Mountain
  • Crested Butte
  • Fort Collins
  • Glenwood Springs
  • Grand Junction
  • Idaho Springs
  • Pagosa Springs
  • Silverthorne
  • Steamboat Springs
  • Winter Park

Independence Ghost Town near Aspen CO Looking through doors

Ghost towns near Alamosa

East of the San Luis Valley (SLV) you’ll climb over La Veta Pass. There’s an opportunity there to detour and take the old pass and check out Uptop. Otherwise, there are a lot of interesting structures situated around the mysterious SLV. The closest ghost towns to Alamosa , CO are:

  • Orient (57mi)
  • Uptop Historic District (59mi)
  • Bachelor City (mi)
  • North Creede (mi)
  • Bonanza (mi)

Ghost towns near Aspen

Aspen’s blessed with a couple of nearby ghost towns that are well preserved, including Ashcroft and Independence. The latter is easily reached by 2WD and pavement along CO-82/ Independence Pass. The closest ghost towns to Aspen , CO are:

  • Ashcroft (12mi)
  • Independence  (13mi)
  • Twin Lakes  (39mi)
  • Crystal (63mi)

Ghost towns near Avon/Beaver Creek

Those in the Eagle County, around Beaver Creek, can head east to Vail and then duck off the highway to find Gilman. This one is especially eerie because it’s so modern. Plans to redevelop the area haven’t yet materialized for the old company town and you only observe from the road. The closest ghost towns to Avon , CO are:

  • Gilman (12mi)
  • Camp Hale (21mi)

Ghost towns near Boulder

The close proximity to the front range cities like Boulder and Denver, along with early nearby gold strikes, created a myriad of ghost towns that aren’t too far west. This region has a good mix of 2WD and 4WD-only routes, so it’s easy to take a day trip into the hills. The closest ghost towns to Boulder , CO are:

  • Caribou (19mi)
  • Corona (21mi)
  • Apex (36mi)
  • Nevadaville (38mi)
  • Russell Gulch (44mi)

Ghost towns near Breckenridge

Breckenridge was a mining boomtown. that’s still one of the most popular places today. There are some ghost towns in the region, Dyersville being amongst the closest. Take Boreas Pass to Indian Gulch where you can view it. Or head back to Keystone and check out the semi-ghost community of Montezuma. The closest ghost towns to Breckenridge , CO are:

  • Dyersville (9mi)
  • Montezuma (20mi)

Ghost towns near Buena Vista

Nestled against the Collegiate Peaks, Buena Vista is a stunning place surrounded by some well-preserved ghost towns. The continental divide runs north-south just west of town and there are plenty of abandoned mining villages on both sides of the famous range.

Clear Creek Canyon has 4 former towns to scout out, suitable for 2WD, but on a rough rutted road. St Elmo, just to the south in Nathrop, is probably the biggest ghost town in the state. Ignore Antero Junction. The closest ghost towns to Buena Vista , CO are:

  • Antero Junction (16mi)
  • Hancock (mi)
  • St. Elmo (22mi)
  • Vicksburg (22mi)
  • Twin Lakes (25mi)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Winfield (26mi)
  • Bonanza (60mi)

Read about the 4 ghost towns of Clear Creek Canyon .

Ghost towns near Colorado Springs

While there are likely some abandoned towns to the east of Colorado Springs on the plains, it’s much cooler (in temps) heading west up into the mountains. Goldfield is a semi-ghost community outside Victor. While there around Cripple Creek, definitely follow the Gold Belt Tour, suitable for 2WD, but there is a nice 4×4 “shortcut”.

Additionally, there’s a difficult 6-mile hike to reach the rewarding Skagway Power Plant. The closest ghost towns to Colorado Springs , CO are:

  • Goldfield (45mi)
  • Skagway Power Plant (55mi)

Ghost towns near Copper Mountain

The resort community of Copper has a few options in the region to just out some high-altitude deserted spots. Montezuma lies around the corner from A Basin, or if you want to visit Breck for the day, consider adding Dyersville to your itinerary. Gilman is a really unique option if you’re heading into the Vail Valley.  The closest ghost towns to Copper Mountain , CO are:

  • Climax (19mi)
  • Montezuma   (24mi)
  • Geneva City (27mi)
  • Dyersville (27mi)
  • Gilman (33mi)

Ghost towns near Crested Butte

Situated in spacious Gunnison County, Crested Butte provides a few local options for exploring possibly haunted places. Add Gothic to your list because it’s easy to access north of town and well preserved. The old Crystal Mill and townsite lie even further from this, but require a high-clearance 4×4 and navigating one of Colorado’s most dangerous roads. The Crystal Mill can also be accessed on the opposite side more easily through Marble, Colo; a detour over Kebler Pass and north to Marble. The closest ghost towns to Crested Butte , CO are:

  • Gothic – (mi)
  • Ohio City (mi)
  • Bowerman (mi)
  • Crystal (mi)

Ghost towns near Denver

If you’re in the Mile High City and want to check out a ghost town, consider the Auraria campus. It may not be exactly what you’re looking for, but the Victorian-styled strip of historic homes turned campus admin buildings has a certain ghost town appeal. Try to catch it when the students aren’t bustling thru the campus, early morning, evening, or holiday.

Auraria, CO was built as the first permanent settlement in 1858 before Denver on the west side of Cherry Creek. The closest ghost towns to Denver , CO are:

  • Auraria Ninth Street Historic Park (<1mi)
  • Mount Vernon (19mi)
  • Apex (37mi)
  • Russell Gulch (38mi)
  • Corona (44mi)
  • Caribou (47mi)

Ghost towns near Dillon

The best ghost town to visit in Dillon is the one underneath its reservoir. That’s right. The original town of Dillon was moved and the rest buried beneath a manmade reservoir in the 1950s to make way for Denver’s new water supply, so you’ll need scuba gear and probably a guide to get to this one.

Otherwise, just drive your 2wd car around the corner to semi-ghost Montezuma. The closest ghost towns to Dillon , CO are:

  • Montezuma   (12mi)
  • Geneva City (15mi)
  • Dyersville (22mi)

Ghost towns near Durango

The largest mountain town in Southwest Colorado was a hub of the region then and still is today. You can drive along the San Juan Skyway in any direction and pass several interesting ghost towns and mining structures. Consider hopping on the Durango & Silverton train for a step back in time too. The closest ghost towns to Durango , CO are:

  • Graysill Mines (40mi)
  • Eureka (59mi)
  • Animas Forks (60mi)
  • Capitol City (72mi)
  • Ironton (mi)
  • Red Mountain Town (mi)
  • Guston (mi)
  • Eureka (mi)

Ghost towns near Estes Park

Visit the unique Homestead Meadows near Estes Park, where you can view a few still standing structures. Instead of the town being founded for mining, it was used for lumber and farming. Then head south on the Peak-to-Peak Byway and stop in on Caribou City by Nederland. The closest ghost towns to Estes Park , CO are:

  • Homestead Meadows  (7mi)
  • Caribou City (39mi)

Ghost towns near Fairplay

While in South Park, visit South Park City. This “ghost town museum” was reassembled in Fairplay and gathered from all around the South Park basin . It includes a whole slew of buildings that you can go inside and are furnished with late-1800s and early-1900s goods and items.

Otherwise, the expansive South Park has old stuff to see, but most of the former towns don’t provide much evidence. The closest ghost towns to Fairplay , CO are:

  • South Park City (<0mi)
  • Antero Junction (21mi)
  • Tarryall (45mi)

Ghost towns near Fort Collins

Located east of Greeley on the plains is the unique ghost town of Dearfield, a predominantly black settlement. You could also head into the mountains near Estes to see the old lumber and farming village of Homestead Meadows. The closest ghost towns to Fort Collins , CO are:

  • Homestead Meadows (45mi)
  • Dearfield (57mi)

Ghost towns near Frisco

Two-wheel drive vehicles can swing by Montezuma to see some history but expect a few year-round residents who enjoy their privacy and clean setting. If you’re equipped with a high clearance vehicle, you can head up Boreas Pass by Breck to see Dyersville. The closest ghost towns to Frisco , CO are:

  • Montezuma (16mi)
  • Geneva City (17mi)
  • Dyersville (18mi)
  • Climax (25mi)
  • Oro City (32mi)
  • Gillman (38mi)
  • Twin Lakes (51mi)

Ghost towns near Glenwood Springs

South of Glenwood lies the hidden village of Marble. It’s not a ghost town by any means, but it is tiny, secluded, with a lot of history. From there, if you have a proper high-clearance 4×4, you can access the Crystal Mill site, a famous setting that you’d likely recognize from photos. The closest ghost towns to Glenwood Springs , CO are:

  • Crystal  (46mi)
  • Ashcroft (51mi)

Ghost towns near Granby

Most of the ghost towns will be a decent drive from Granby. In the summer you can head north and check out the North Park basin . There the town of Walden might feel like a ghost town. On the way, Teller City has some fallen ruins to check out, 4wd is recommended. The closest ghost towns to Granby , CO are:

  • Teller City (41mi)

Ghost towns near Grand Junction

South of Grand Junction, the Unaweep Tabeguache Byway runs from Whitewater to Placerville. This is a gorgeous drive that’s well off the beaten path and has plenty of old relics along the route. If you’re up for a longer cool road trip loop, you can venture east to Marble via Glenwood Springs and Carbondale, and then swing back through Paonia and Delta. Marble is the gateway to the very photographed Crystal Mill. The closest ghost towns to Grand Junction , CO are:

  • Crystal (111mi)

Ghost towns near Grand Lake

Grand Lake has a charming historic district that is a joy to stroll. If you’re doing Trail Ridge Road to Estes Park, you can dip off to Homestead Meadows after. If not, maybe leave the Middle Park basin for North Park. The closest ghost towns to Grand Lake , CO are:

  • Homestead Meadows (55mi)
  • Teller City (55mi)

Ghost towns near Idaho Springs

Considering one of first big gold strikes in Colorado occurred around present day Central City, it’s no surprise there are some interesting, abandoned places in the area. Tour these old villages and then consider one of Idaho Springs’ mining tours . The closest ghost towns to Idaho Springs , CO are:

  • Russel Gulch (5mi)
  • Apex (16mi)
  • Nevadaville (12mi)

Ghost towns near Keystone

Backtracking on Highway 6 from Keystone past A Basin, y0u can detour to Montezuma. Respect the current residents but marvel at the history around this sleepy village. It shares its post office with Keystone. Geneva City is further tucked away from Montezuma, and doable for those with 4WD. The closest ghost towns to Keystone , CO are:

  • Montezuma (mi)
  • Geneva City (mi)
  • Russell Gulch (55mi)
  • Apex (55mi)
  • Webster (63mi)

Ghost towns near Leadville

Oro City is found just southwest of Leadville and is home to a few still-standing structures. Camp Hale was the training grounds for the 10th Mountain Division and a worthy cerebral stop. Heading south toward Twin Lakes, you should certainly check out Clear Creek Canyon and the likes of Vicksburg and Winfield. The closest ghost towns to Leadville , CO are:

  • Oro City (2mi)
  • Climax (4mi)
  • Camp Hale (15mi)
  • Twin Lakes (21mi)
  • Gilman (25mi)
  • Vicksburg (27mi)
  • Winfield (31mi)
  • Independence (38mi)

Ghost towns near Ouray

Like the rest of the southwest, there is a myriad of old mining roads traversing the hillsides. With the right 4-wheel-drive vehicle, you can access it all. Jeep and ATV rentals are available in town to cruise the Alpine Loop between Ouray, Silverton, and Lake City. 2-wheelers can stick to the pavement on the Million Dollar Highway and see sights like Ironton and Red Mountain Town.

The closest ghost towns to Ouray , CO are:

  • Ironton (7mi)
  • Guston Number 5 Mine  (11mi)
  • Red Mountain Town (12mi)
  • Capitol City (21mi)
  • Henson (26mi)
  • Animas Forks (31mi)
  • Eureka (31mi)
  • Carson (45mi)
  • Tomboy (54mi)
  • Alta (56mi)

Ghost towns near Pagosa Springs

There are a lot of ruins and relics to be discovered in the southwest. For a non-traditional ghost town experience, consider Chimney Rock to the southwest of town. There you can discover the Ancient Puebloan community, an old village, and kiva.

Further south by the New Mexico border lies Pagosa Junction, which can be a fun drive down to a much more secluded part of the country. The closest ghost towns to Pagosa Springs , CO are:

  • Pagosa Junction (27mi)
  • Weaver (62mi)

Ghost towns near Pueblo

Southwest of Colorado’s Steel City, lies the eccentric Sangre de Cristo mountain town of Westcliffe. From here, you can do some small-town city stuff like shop and eat, and then head out to Rosita and Querida, two of the local ghost towns. If you’re already going south on I-25, Ludlow is a historic landmark with ruins and a monument to visit. The closest ghost towns to Pueblo , CO are:

  • Rosita (50mi)
  • Querida (50mi)
  • Ludlow (72mi)

Ghost towns near Salida

The cool riverside town of Salida, Colorado is a convenient basecamp for a spooky adventure. Going north towards Buena Vista, you can swing by up Chalk Creek Canyon and the popular Saint Elmo ghost town. Going south on Highway 285 leads you into the strange San Luis Valley.

The UFO Watch Tower is a quirky landmark to explore and then maybe take an easy hike out to Orient ghost town and a bat cave, before dipping in the local hot spring waters. The closest ghost towns to Salida , CO are:

  • Orient (26mi)
  • St. Elmo (32mi)
  • Antero Junction (35mi)
  • Bonanza (41mi)
  • Vicksburg (41mi)
  • Twin Lakes (46mi)
  • Winfield (51mi)

Ghost towns near Silverthorne

Another Summit County town, Silverthorne has a few alright ghost town options. The closest is Montezuma, which is part of Keystone’s mailing address, has a few year-round and seasonal residents. Geneva City is found a little further from that Montezuma. The closest ghost towns to Silverthorne , CO are:

  • Montezuma (13mi)
  • Geneva City (14mi)
  • Dyersville (23mi)
  • Webster (47mi)

Ghost towns near Silverton

The San Juan Skyway, which loops from Durango to Ouray to Telluride and back around again, has numerous old relics from its mining heyday(s). Silverton sits at the start of the Million Dollar Highway, a stretch of the loop with some great ghost towns. You can also connect to Lake City via the Alpine 4×4 Loop, a spectacular journey between three cool towns and many former ones. The closest ghost towns to Silverton , CO are:

  • Animas Forks (mi)
  • Graysill Mines (mi)
  • Carson (mi)
  • Henson (mi)

Ghost towns near Steamboat Springs

Driving into Steamboat Springs from any direction and one can see spot old ruins along the way. Highway 40 and US 131 are the main routes into town, there’s even some former ski trails carved out of the mountainside behind Stagecoach Reservoir. But there aren’t many ghost towns. Although still populated, Hahns Peak Village , secluded north of Clark is an interesting look back into time and Teller City resides in vacant North Park . The closest ghost towns to Steamboat Springs , CO are:

  • Teller City (67mi)

Ghost towns near Telluride

Southwest Colorado is loaded with high-elevation boom-and-bust minings towns. One of the highest in Colorado is located near Telluride at over 11,500 ft. Access to the local Tomboy is reserved for the summer months. The same goes for Alta, which resides at 11,800 ft! The closest ghost towns to Telluride , CO are:

  • Tomboy (4mi)
  • Alta (13mi)
  • Graysill Mines (30mi)
  • Red Mountain (62mi)
  • Guston Number 5 Mine (63mi)
  • Ironton (64mi)

Ghost towns near Vail

Those in the Vail Valley can take US-24 south toward Leadville, passing the charming, secluded towns of Minturn and Red Cliff. In-between the two, there’s Gilman ghost town, a much more modern neighborhood than others on the list. Venture further to Camp Hale, while not a ghost town, has ruins from the 10th Mountain Division. The closest ghost towns to Vail , CO are:

  • Gilman (13mi)
  • Camp Hale (22mi)

Ghost towns near Winter Park

Winter Park has a nice scenic drive option for those with a high-clearance vehicle. Take the 4×4 Rollins (Corona) Pass just before the town on Highway 40 up to the old Corona apex station. Otherwise, there are some other options that require a bit of a drive. The closest ghost towns to Winter Park , CO are:

  • Corona (11mi)
  • Apex (45mi)
  • Russell Gulch (46mi)
  • Nevadaville (46mi)
  • Mount Vernon (50mi)

Gilman ghost town near Vail CO

As you can see, pretty much all the popular tourist mountain areas in Colorado are located nearby some old ghost town(s). Have fun exploring and remember to leave no trace and take only pictures. And consider combining your ghost town trek with a trip to a local hot springs near you .

Matt Thomas

About Matt Thomas

Matt is an avid writer and explorer, who loves to showcase this wild, wondrous world. His favorite place to be is right here in the Centennial State.

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‘Ghosts’ of Glenwood’s past to inhabit Hotel Colorado

Entertainment Entertainment | Jul 12, 2019

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Walk back in time

What: Guided tours by the “ghosts” of colorful characters from Glenwood Springs’ past

Where: Hotel Colorado, 526 Pine St., Glenwood Springs

When: 7 p.m. Saturdays and 10:15 a.m. Sundays through Labor Day

Registration: or call 970-945-6511

Ghosts will come alive at the Hotel Colorado every weekend through Labor Day this summer.

The Glenwood Springs Historical Society will begin offering guided tours, called “Walk Back In Time,” starting this weekend at the famously haunted hotel by the “‘ghosts’ of colorful characters from Glenwood Springs’ past,” according to a flyer put out by the organization.

The tours, which will happen each Saturday evening at 7 p.m. and Sunday morning at 10:15 a.m., will be guided by portrayalists who will inhabit — or be inhabited by — the spirits of Walter Devereux, the visionary builder of the Hotel Colorado; Jasper Ward, Town Marshal of New Castle; and frontierswoman Eleanora Malaby, among others.

This weekend, Devereux, portrayed by David Fulton, will lead the tours that will begin in the hotel’s lobby and move to the courtyard with a talk about the connection between the hotel, the Hot Springs pool, what used to be the hydroelectric plant, and the Yampa Hot Springs, which at one time were all owned by Devereux.

Fulton, as Devereux, will talk about his vision for Glenwood, which included the town becoming a tourist mecca for European aristocrats, prompting him to pattern the hotel’s design after an Italian villa.

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From there, the tour will move back inside and throughout the hotel where visitors will hear about some of the hotel’s most famous residents, such as Teddy Roosevelt, Al Capone and “Diamond” Jack Alterie.

But of course, it wouldn’t be a “Ghost” tour without actual ghosts. No problem there. The Hotel Colorado is frequently listed among the most haunted places in the state of Colorado.

“There’s just a lot of unexplained phenomena that have gone on there that make for interesting stories,” said Bill Kight, executive director of the Glenwood Springs Historical Society, who will portray Jasper Ward. “People believe or don’t believe; it doesn’t matter, because the stories are still there, and people have told them.”

Kight said that the author of an out-of-print book called “Apparition Manor: True Ghost Stories of the Hotel Colorado,” named Kathy Rippy Fleming, didn’t believe in ghosts until she started checking into all the stories.

“One of the most interesting stories that David Fulton tells as Devereux is, there have been many times people have seen a young lady bouncing a ball in the hallway dressed in period clothing, and we think that it’s his daughter,” Kight said.

The tour will also visit the infamous basement of the hotel, which served as a morgue for the Navy during World War II, and was also used as a brig.

Visitors also will get to see the secret tunnel leading from the basement to an outbuilding that Capone used to smuggle liquor into the hotel during prohibition. The gangster is also said to have used the tunnel to sneak ladies of the night into the hotel.

The basement was also used as stables for polo horses — a hydraulic lift carried the horses up and down — because in Devereux’s time they held polo games on fields located where Glenwood Springs High School now sits.

Kight said that the Historical Society may eventually parlay the ghost tours at the hotel into a revival of the popular ghost walks at Linwood Cemetery. But more portrayalists are needed in order for that to happen.

“If people are interested and want to try out, we’d be glad to help them,” he said. “It’s fun, so we want people to have fun.”

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1. Hotel Colorado- Glenwood Springs

The Hotel Colorado located in Glenwood Springs has a rich history from housing Teddy Roosevelt, converting into a Navy Hospital and morgue during World War II, to being home to alleged murders and fatal accidents. The historic hotel opened its doors in 1893 and has been a popular tourist destination ever since. Of the many people that come and visit, some guests and employees have never left and are still roaming the halls years after their deaths. 

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The Oxford Hotel, Denver’s most historic hotel, opened its doors in 1891. During the prohibition era their bar, The Cruise Room, acted as a speakeasy during prohibition. Apparently, a ghost of a postman can be seen drinking a beer at the bar, repeating to himself “the children, the children, I have to get the gifts to the children.” In the 1930s, a postal delivery man got lost delivering gifts to Central City during Christmas when he stopped at the Cruise Room for a drink. That spring after the snow had melted, his body was found surrounded by gifts that never made it to their destination. 

The most haunted room in the hotel is room 320. In 1898 a woman by the name of Florence Montague found her husband in bed with another woman. She purportedly took his life before taking her own in the hotel room. She likes to mess with male visitors, turning faucets and light switches on and off and ripping the sheets off of them while they sleep. According to the owners, they try to avoid letting single male visitors stay in room 320. 

4. The Patterson Inn- Denver Capitol hill

Nestled in Denver’s Capitol Hill neighborhood stands The Patterson Inn, built in 1891. Originally a mansion-turned hotel, this spooky stay has a few spooky stories attached to its name. 

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5. Victor Hotel- Victor 

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The hotel with the most morbid past is the Victor Hotel, located in Victor, Colorado. After opening its doors in 1894 to accommodate travelers riding the Cripple Creek Railroad it burned down along with the whole town 1899. It was rebuilt that same year to house more guests; however, I do not think that the owners were anticipating it being the home to more deceased than alive. During the winter months, the ground was too frozen to dig graves, so they stored dead bodies on their fourth floor until the ground thawed enough that they could dig. 

The fourth floor seems to be the most active, where guests report seeing foggy apparitions, feeling cold, hearing footsteps, and seeing things flying around the room. Their most haunted room, however, seems to be room 301 which was home to a guest named “Eddie.” He fell down the elevator shaft to his death decades ago but can still be seen in that room, the elevator, and down the halls. The elevator of the hotel, although regularly checked, tends to go up to the third floor by itself around 3am. If you ever find yourself in Victor, maybe you will feel brave enough to take a ride with Eddie during the witching hour. 

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On the bright side, Glenwood Springs is a glorious adventure town in summer! But those outdoor escapades can quickly go up in smoke with a single spark that ignites a wildfire. Take it from a town that has endured three major wildfires; follow these summertime fire safety tips for a season of fun from now until the snow flies!

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