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During the silver boom, Aspen was settled by miners in the 1880s. The miners were followed by saloon keepers, gamblers and prostitutes. Aspen was a rough and tumble town with gun fights, avalanches and mining accidents. Given the tragic deaths and violence, it is not surprising that so many restless souls still roam the streets at night.
Learn about Aspen’s dark side on a 60 minute walking tour. Hear stories of murder, ghosts and mayhem as you visit some of Aspen’s most haunted places.
If you ask locals about haunted buildings, they will direct you to the Hotel Jerome. It is Aspen’s most historic hotel and prominent guests who have stayed there include John Wayne, Gary Cooper and Hunter Thompson.
A young boy drowned in its swimming pool in the 1950s. Since then, guests have reported seeing a dripping wet young boy. He leaves small, wet footprints that have been seen by both guests and staff. He’s been seen to walk into walls.
There have also been reports of a “spirit maid” who plays tricks on the cleaning staff. After a room has been cleaned, she reportedly will unmake the bed and rearrange furniture.
The Hotel Jerome, Auberge Resorts Collection is listed in the 2015 Conde Nast Traveler Gold List of the world’s best places to stay and the 2021 Travel + Leisure 500. If you’d like to check it out for yourself, click here to get the best price.
The Red Onion
The Red Onion is Aspen’s oldest historic restaurant and bar which made its debut in 1892. Over the years, there have been stories of hearing footsteps and ghostly music when no one is there.
Several years ago, one cook stabbed another cook, killing him. Since then, early morning workers have reported seeing a man in the back of the kitchen who disappears when approached. Footsteps are also seen on freshly mopped floors.
Other Haunted Locations
Your tour will take you by the courthouse where serial killer Ted Bundy escaped in 1977 by jumping out of a second floor window.
Tour Aspen’s first burial ground, the Ute Cemetery, and hear lonely tales of buffalo soldiers and other locals who were buried there.
Get scenic views of Smuggler Mountain as you hear about its dark and dangerous mining history. Hear tales of scandalous affairs, murder, betrayals and tragic accidents. If you feel a chill creeping up the back of your neck, it may not be just the crisp mountain air.
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