Ghostly group destinations in Colorado

Date Posted: 26/06/2014

Discover the great unknown in Colorado with a visit to one of the US state's ghost towns and haunted sites.

Satisfying those with a curiosity in history and the supernatural, Colorado's ghost towns offer visitors an insight into the towns which were once home to the legends of the Wild West. 

The thriving mining towns of the past, often populated with cowboys, outlaws and saloons, can today be an eerie step back in time; its deserted structures of today providing an opportunity to experience life in the 19th century. 

Many of the towns were abandoned when gold trade production diminished, and many were bypassed with the introduction of highways.

With over 15 sites safely accessible across Colorado, the ghost towns all offer a different aspect on the traditions and way of life of the Wild West.

Walk in the footsteps of John Wayne

St. Elmo, situated west of Buena Vista, is one of state's best-preserved ghost towns. Akin to the set of a John Wayne movie, soak up the scenery and tour the dusty Main Street walking past abandoned saloons, wooden storefronts and even private homes to peer through the window frames. 

From St. Elmo you can make your way on to the infamous neighbouring town of Tin Cup, providing an amazing opportunity to explore the town's history that was once home to numerous intense showdowns - with a full cemetery as proof.

Ashcroft is a former mining town located ten miles outside of Aspen. Following the extinction of silver from the mining town, the people slowly left the area with the ghosts being said to have moved in shortly after.

Preserved by the Aspen Historical Society the area is popular with visitors who visit the empty buildings, stables and saloons. Guests can also enjoy a guided tour of the jail while taking in the ghostly essence of the town. 

Ghostly sounds and sightings

For some further ghostly encounters, a visit to Cripple Creek could increase your chances of experiencing the paranormal. 

Mystery has surrounded this town that once flourished with gold between 1890 and 1910, with over 500 mines producing a staggering 22,400,000 ounces.

Cripple Creek has been bound by tales of ghost sightings for many years, alongside legendary stories of the spirit of a young girl that inhabits Buffalo Billy's Casino and is rumoured to make glasses fly across its bars.  

Other haunted sites include the Colorado Grande Casino, the Hotel St. Nicholas and the Mt. Pisgah Cemetery that all offer tours around Halloween.

The Stanley Hotel (pictured) is another famous location due to its inspiration of noted author Stephen King. 

King wrote popular novel The Shining following his stay at the 102-year-old hotel in Estes Park. Children's distant laughter is supposedly often heard emanating from the deserted hallways, comparable to the hallways in the well-known book and film. 

The hotel also offers a popular ghost tour, putting your valour to the test with a visit to some of the most haunted parts of the hotel, including an unnerving underground tunnel.

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Pictured: The Stanley Hotel in Colorado inspired Stephen King to write his novel The Shining following a stay.

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