The outside view of the Stanley Hotel. Photo Credit: Christian Murdock, The Gazette

It's time to get spooky. The Stanley Hotel was recently listed as the creepiest place to visit in Colorado by the Thrillist.

As many know, the Stanley Hotel notably served as the inspiration for the Overlook Hotel in Stephen King's famous novel 'The Shining.' Today, visitors to the historic hotel in Estes Park have claimed to see ghosts of old service workers and claim to hear what sounds like music playing from the rooms.

Perhaps most frightening aspect of all for out-of-staters planning a visit is the elevation.

"There's a much more sinister danger," the Thrillist warned. "The hotel has such an extreme elevation that just walking to your room can drain you, so one stiff drink may have you seeing ghosts." The elevation of the Stanely Hotel is 7,800-feet above sea-level.

A callout like this is sure to draw thrill-seekers to the destination for the spooky season of October.

The list also names haunted destinations such as the Eastern State Penitentiary in Pennsylvania and Yuma Territorial Prison in Arizona. 

If you're looking to visit the Stanley Hotel during the spookiest month of the year, it's currently open with specific COVID-19 guidelines in place. Tours are limited to 10 people and masks are required. Tickets must be purchased in advance. More details here

Breanna Sneeringer writes about news, adventure, and more for OutThere Colorado as a Digital Content Producer. She is an avid adventure seeker and wildflower enthusiast. Breanna joined OutThere Colorado in September 2018.


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Jonathan Fyhrie

The Stanley Hotel Bar was also where a scene from Dumb & Dumber was filmed.

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