Arizona is a bit of a hotbed for paranormal activity. It has more than its fair share of haunted hotels and spooky saloons to share along with a few more unique haunted spots as well.
Let’s take a look at some of Arizona’s most haunted places!
1. Jerome Grand Hotel, Jerome
Another famous spot in haunted Arizona is The Jerome Grand Hotel. The hotel first opened in 1927, although it was the United Verde Hospital back then.
Over the years, there were several murders and suicides even before it was converted into a hotel. These incidents are held responsible for the strange paranormal activity that is now all too common at The Jerome Grand Hotel!
2. Vulture Mine, Wickenburg
Old abandoned mines always seem to be a hotbed for paranormal activity, and Arizona’s Vulture Mine is no different. Several areas of the old mine are reported to be haunted, but the most notable is probably the mess hall. Here, people say they can still smell food being cooked and even hear the clanging of various pots and pans.
Another hot spot is the massive ironwood tree which was once a hanging tree and is now said to be haunted by the souls of the criminals who died there.
3. Palace Restaurant & Saloon, Prescott
The Palace Saloon in Prescott, AZ, was first opened in September of 1877. This was much more than just another drinking den. It was decorated in lavish and tasteful décor and stocked only the finest liqueurs imported from some of the most exotic locations worldwide. In short, it was a little bit more upmarket than most saloons of the time.
However, in 1883 it was destroyed in a fire, and the owner, Robert Brow, had to rebuild it. The new Palace Saloon was grander than before, and Brow invested money in a stone foundation, brick walls, and a long bar. Unfortunately, it was again damaged by fire in 1900!
The building that stands now was built in 1901 in a neoclassical revival style using iron, granite, and ornamental bricks. This has made it an attractive prospect for Hollywood, and it has been a filming location for many movies.
The movies are not the only claim to fame that the Palace Restaurant & Saloon has! It is also known for being one of the most haunted places in Arizona.
One of the most well-known ghosts to call the saloon home is a male spirit who goes by the name of Nevins. It is believed that in life, he lost everything to the town’s Sheriff when he put up his mortuary business as collateral in a high-stakes poker game! Now, whenever men play cards in the saloon, Nevins is said to make an appearance, always looking for the chance to win back his property.
4. The Bird Cage Theatre, Tombstone
If you are a fan of the paranormal, then there is a good chance that you have already heard of The Bird Cage Theatre in Tombstone, AZ! This could be one of the most famous haunts in the state.
Back in the day, The Bird Cage Theatre would have been the prime entertainment spot in this old boom town, and it seems that it is not quite ready to give up that title! There have been numerous apparitions reported here and disembodied voices and ethereal music!
5. The Hermosa Inn, ScottsdaleBook Now
The Hermosa Inn is a hacienda-style hotel in Scottsdale set on six acres of lush desert at the foot of Camelback Mountain. It is very much the type of accommodation you choose when you want to escape from it all! It is also a must-see spot on any tour of haunted Arizona!
The original owner of The Hermosa Inn was Alonzo Megargee, known as Lon to his friends, and it is said that he loved the place so much that he never wanted to leave, even after he had died. He is believed to be the spirit haunting the property today.
Guests and hotel staff report seeing what they describe as ‘a lanky cowboy’ around the inn! One staff member, Ms. Lindsey Bubeck, says that she has also encountered ‘Lon’ as a shadow figure in a cowboy hat! He is often blamed for breaking glasses and bottles during the night and flushing toilets when nobody is in the bathroom!
6. Crook Tunnel, Benson
Crook Tunnel is a place that has a very dark and grim history associated with it, so it does not come as much of a surprise that the place is alleged to be so haunted. There are most definitely some dark secrets held in these walls!
The tunnel was built back in 1902, but in June of 1905 rock slide in the tunnel hit a passenger train bound for Benson, AZ and although the train only suffered minimal damage, the track ended up completely blocked by rocks and dirt. As soon as word got out about the incident, a group of men headed into the tunnel to deal with the situation. It took them several hours to clear the track.
It is not clear if anyone died during this incident, but a few years later, one confirmed death was recorded.
In 1912, the body of a man named Henry A. Marks was found in Crook Tunnel. His body was battered and bruised, his arms and legs were broken, and one of his limbs was almost completely detached from his body. It is believed that he must have been run over by a train.
Witnesses said that the man had been drunk when he left Bisbee and headed home via Crook Tunnel.
The unexplained activity in the now disused tunnel includes cold spots, disembodied voices, and even full apparitions! His spirit is now said to haunt the tunnel, and many investigators have suggested that Henry A. Marks is angry that his death was passed off as an accident! Is there more to his death than meets the eye?
7. The Copper Queen Hotel, BisbeeBook a Room
The Copper Queen Hotel has built up quite a reputation as one of the most haunted hotels in Arizona. This is largely thanks to the building making its appearance on some popular paranormal television shows.
It is believed that the hotel plays host to three Arizona ghosts, the first of which is an older gentleman described as having long hair and a beard. He has been seen wearing a top hat and cape and the staff and guests who have claimed to encounter him say that he is usually accompanied by the smell of cigar smoke.
He generally makes an appearance on the fourth floor standing in the doorway of the rooms up there. He has occasionally appeared as just a shadow in some of the rooms.
The hotel also has a little ghost boy who calls the building home. He apparently drowned in the San Pedro River, but his spirit is attached to The Copper Queen Hotel because his parents once worked there and it was a place where he felt at home. He has never been seen, but is frequently heard! Guests say that items in their rooms are moved and that they hear a little boy giggling and childlike footsteps running in the halls.
The third, and probably the most famous ghost at The Copper Queen Hotel is the spirit of a one-time prostitute named Julia Lowell. She is believed to have used the hotel to visit with her clients, but she ended up falling in love with one of the men and when he told her he no longer wanted to see her she took her own life in the bathtub of her hotel room.
8. Yuma Territorial Prison, Yuma
Built in 1875 by the hands of the very prisoners who would inhabit it, the old Yuma Territorial Prison played host to the worst of the worst, up until the day it closed in 1909. A documented 111 deaths occurred here during its 33 years of operation, many of which were down to Tuberculosis, and the dank horrible conditions the prisoners endured. Many of whom still wander the dark cold corridors and cells to this very day.
It’s not just the spirits of prisoners that are believed to haunt here. There is reportedly the ghost of a little girl who likes to play pranks on unsuspecting visitors, poking and pinching them with her icy cold fingers. The girl apparently died as families moved into the prison during The Great Depression.