‘USA Today’ Says Colorado’s Stanley Hotel is One of the Most Haunted Structures in America

By Shawn Patrick on October 3, 2023
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It’s officially Halloween month, so if you’re looking for a place to really get spooked, look to the place USA Today calls one of the most haunted structures in America.

The publication named the hotel in Estes Park, along with nine other places they consider, to be the most haunted in the country.

Here is what they said about the Stanley Hotel:

Stephen King was inspired to write “The Shining” after a stay at the Stanley in 1973. If that isn’t proof enough that this 105-year-old hotel is creepy, I don’t know what is. Guests have reported odd experiences all over the hotel, including items being moved, lights turning on and off, piano music, the sounds of children running and laughing in the halls, and guests waking up tucked firmly into their beds, as nannies would do for young children. Room 217, where King stayed, is said to be haunted by a former chief housekeeper who still tends to the room, unpacking and putting away guests’ belongings among other things. Wholly embracing their legacy, the hotel shows the uncut, R-rated version of “The Shining” on a continuous loop on Channel 42 and leads a variety of ghost and paranormal tours.

One other Colorado structure made the list, The Historic Onaledge Bed and Breakfast in Manitou Springs.

You can see the full list here.

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