Colorado Springs has plenty of haunted locations, but while some of them are the types of places you would certainly expect to see on a list of haunted places such as cemeteries and old hotels, there are also some more unusual spots like local shops and fast food outlets!
Let’s take a look at the 12 most haunted places in Colorado Springs, CO:
1. Ghouls Gulch Haunted House
Ghouls Gulch Haunted House is one of the more unique places on our list because it is actually a staged haunted attraction! However, even though most of the scares here are purely theatrical, the property is genuinely haunted!
The attraction was once the Old Cowboys Night Club, which has had more than its fair share of strange happenings! There was once a spot on the dance floor called ‘dead mans curve’ because of the number of people who dropped dead there! From time to time, real life apparitions are spotted within the creepy attraction!
2. THE AVENUE HOTEL B&B, Manitou Springs
Just west of Colorado Springs sits the historic Avenue Hotel B&B. Built in 1886 as a boarding house, this pleasant and unsuspecting inn is home to several spirits, the majority of whom are children, though there’s apparently a coachman that used to visit here during the gold rush era.
The owner has reported several strange happenings over the years, including disembodied laughter, phantom footsteps running down the hallway, inexplicable light anomalies, and lights being switched on and off by unseen hands. Paranormal investigators have conducted many investigations here and caught some really interesting evidence, including EVP’s and strange images on photographs.
3. The Antlers HotelBOOK A ROOM
The Antlers Hotel boasts 3 different ghostly residents. One of the spirits is most often spotted hanging out in ‘Judge Baldwins’ bar. The second ghost is a lady in a long dress who is seen coming down the back stairs. Finally, the third ghost is a young girl who committed suicide on prom night in the 1970s. She is usually seen in one of the back rooms.
4. Evergreen Cemetery
Evergreen Cemetery was actually there before the town of Colorado Springs was formally founded back in 1871. There are records of people being buried in the cemetery from the 1860s, so you can probably imagine why this is one of the most haunted places in Colorado Springs.
The majority of the paranormal activity reported here seems to be centered on the small chapel built in the cemetery in 1910. It was intended to be used for funeral services and also for storing the caskets ahead of burial. Still, unfortunately, the building ended up falling into a state of disrepair after the demand for services in the chapel declined.
Soon it was only used as storage space for maintenance workers, many of whom have reported seeing dark figures in the basement area when they go down there to retrieve supplies.
Their stories have been backed up by an experience from a representative of the National Register of Historic Places who was given a chapel tour when the cemetery manager attempted to secure funding and listed status in 1992 to restore the building.
When the representative toured the building to evaluate it for designation as a historical place, she experienced a negative force passing through her entire body, prompting her to make a hasty exit!
5. Colorado School For the Deaf and Blind
Colorado School For the Deaf and Blind was built in Colorado Springs in 1874. Some of the deaf students have reported seeing ghosts in various parts of the school, including the dorms and the gym. Those who can hear have also reported some bizarre noises coming from the basement, which is said to be the building’s scariest area.
Please note this school is in operation and does not allow trespassers.
When you think about the most haunted places in your town, your first thought probably isn’t the local fast food joint, but believe it or not, one of the most haunted places in Colorado Springs is the local branch Arby’s.
Sometime in the mid-nineties, the manager was shot in the parking lot by one of her employees. It is believed that she is the one who is responsible for some unexplained events in the restaurant.
People often comment on hearing unexplained whispering in the lobby, and things often seem to get moved around when nobody in there. On several occasions, staff members have put the chairs on the tables to clean the floors and then went to another area only to return and find the chairs taken back down.
Some people even claim to see the apparition of a woman in the kitchens. Staff more or less refuse to work by themselves, and we can’t say we blame them!
7. BRIARHURST MANOR ESTATE, MANITOU SPRINGS
Just a short drive west of Colorado Springs lies Manitou Springs, another resort city, nestled under the gaze of Pikes Peak. And in it also lies one of the most haunted locations in Colorado, Briarhurst Manor.
Built in 1889 this historic inn was the home of Dr. Bell and his family who founded the city of Manitou Springs in 1872.
The master bedroom is the most active of all. You can expect to see small child footprints leading out of the room down to where the Bell’s children slept. Other guests have reported hearing strange noises and voices coming from the upper floors or basement, and visitors and staff members often claim the feeling of being touched or bumped into by an unseen force.
The Briarhurst Manor Estate now offers event space and A La Carte dining in a romantic setting. Be warned, if you’re sat in the restaurant you may just catch a glimpse of one of the Bell children playing outside or the white figure of a skeleton woman walking the grounds!
8. Gold Camp Road/Tunnels
Gold Camp Road and Tunnels is a location that is very popular with the local teenagers in Colorado Springs. Youngsters love to hang out there in summer, and many of them have experienced things that they cannot quite explain!
The tunnels were built in the 1800s, and it is said that some of the construction workers died during the building. Several unsubstantiated tales of a school bus that was apparently struck by a train, possibly even because the bus driver was suicidal.
Whatever the true story really is, the fact remains that the tunnels are a spooky place packed full of secrets. The second tunnel is a popular spot for people to put their car in park and turn off the lights to see if the vehicle is pushed.
Others describe seeing several apparitions of men in cloaks! The 3rd tunnel is not accessible, but many have peered into the gloomy tunnel and seen strange shadows and unexplained lights!
9. Coronado High School
Coronado High School first opened in the seventies, and at the time, the on site pool was also open to the public.
There is a story that says one of the lifeguards invited his girlfriend and her little sister to come down and go swimming after the pool had closed. The couple were making out in the coach’s office and were not watching the young girl, and she ended up drowning.
Sometimes in the early morning, the ghost of a little girl in a bathing suit is seen in the far corner of the pool, and sometimes swimmers say that something touches them under the water when nobody is near them.
10. Garden of the Gods
At one time, The Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs was an Indian Burial Ground. These days it is said to be the site of a range of paranormal activity. Some of the most common reports include tourists feeling a presence in their car as they drive past.
There are also many reports of cars simply dying completely in the middle of the road and being found the next day empty with the doors all lying open. Some drivers have also reported that their brakes fail as they pass.
11. Cheyenne Canyon
Another of the most haunted places in Colorado Springs is Cheyenne Canon, which has a long history with local American Indian tribes. The ancient Native American lore tells of a God named Manitou who is said to have thrown the devil into the canyon facing the heavens.
To this day, a rock formation is known as ‘The Devil’s Horns’ can be seen marking the spot where the devil was thrown! However, it is not the devil who is said to haunt the area. In fact, the spirit haunting the area is said to belong to a cheating gambler who was thrown from the same spot!
There have been human remains dating to the 1800s discovered in the canyon, suggesting that it has become something of a dumping ground for undesirables! No wonder it is haunted!
12. Harrison High School Auditorium
It is believed that the ghost of a young man called Malcolm is haunting the auditorium. There have been lots of reports of phantom footsteps on the stage and the catwalk above.
Some people have also reported strange unexplained lights glowing on the catwalk.
On one occasion a young woman working on the catwalk slipped and would most likely have fallen to her death had it not been for the fact that someone grabbed her and pulled her to safety.
However, when she turned there was no sign of anyone. She does recall feeling a breath on her cheek almost as though someone had kissed her gently.