Your Guide to Colorado’s Most Haunted Buildings

Your Guide to Colorado’s Most Haunted Buildings

Colorado is home to some of the most beautiful, historic buildings that have thankfully avoided demolition over the years. Though these buildings have been renovated and updated over time, some believe that certain past visitors may still roam about…

Here’s an eerie peek into some of Colorado’s most haunted buildings.

Denver Union Station

Denver Union Station, now home to the JOHNSON NATHAN STROHE-designed Crawford Hotel is believed to be haunted after a few too many spooky encounters the RTD Union Station staff experienced when their FasTracks offices were housed in one of the wing buildings. The staff recalled strange instances of misplaced papers, missing objects and “unnerving flyers” placed in and around the restrooms. The RTD Director Angie Rivera-Malpiede even remembered a creepy instance where a water faucet in a restroom mysteriously turned on when no one else was in there.

The Stanley Hotel

Photo courtesy of The Stanley Hotel.

Serving as the inspiration for the Overlook Hotel in Stephen King’s “The Shining,” The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park might be the most famously haunted hotel in Colorado. King said he had envisioned the entire premise for “The Shining” storyline after a one-night stay in the hotel in the 1970s. He and his wife were the only overnight guests, and he felt a spooky presence and experienced vivid nightmares of his three-year-old son running and screaming through the corridors, looking back over his shoulder. Today, the historic hotel includes a restaurant and spa, as well as guided tours, which feature the hotel’s history and reported paranormal activity.

Hotel Colorado

Photo courtesy of Hotel Colorado.

Hotel Colorado, host to numerous famous guests including Theodore Roosevelt, William Taft and the unsinkable Molly Brown, has a long reputation for haunted happenings. Guests have reported unexplained movement in the elevators, screams of a young woman believed to have been murdered for her involvement in a love-triangle, and perhaps most spooky, men being woken up to a female ghost hovering over them. In the coming months, our JOHNSON NATHAN STROHE team will be redesigning the guest rooms and public spaces of the hotel to revitalize it for a new generation of guests (and hopefully not ghosts…).

Blake Street Vault

A view of Blake Street looking toward 16th Street in 1966. Photo courtesy of Blake Street Vault.

The location of the recently closed Blake Street Vault in LoDo is believed to be haunted by a ghost known as the “lady in red,” and recently named Lydia by investigative ghost researchers. Built in the 1860s during a time when saloons and gambling rooms were flourishing in Denver, the establishment was one of the first of its kind built in the city. According to the legend, Lydia was a saloon girl from the original 1860s establishment, and you can catch a glimpse of her in the shadows, with her likeness rocking quietly above the front door. Believed to peacefully inhabit the building, the building respects the fact that this has been her residence for many years now.