By K. Shriver

“I ain’t frightened of no ghosts!”

The Stanley Resort in Estes Park, Colorado, is one of the most haunted areas in the state, with many spirits inhabiting the resort and its grounds suitable together with its company. Quite a few people attribute the resort to Stephen King’s The Shining, as it was the inspiration guiding the two the novel and motion picture. However, when lots of of the occasions in The Shining are fictional, the ghosts and its haunting history are anything but.

In actuality, you can examine out many content articles we’ve published earlier on The Stanley and its spooky historical past:

And if you ever uncover yourself in Estes Park, The Stanley Hotel is a need to-go. Lately, the Our Local community Now team had the chance to stop by Estes Park, and of training course, we experienced to end by The Stanley Resort and partake in its well-liked nighttime ghost tour!

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Image by K. Shriver

Enable me convey to you, as somebody who doesn’t “do” horror flicks or ghosts or anything at all within just that realm, the tour by itself is basically fairly manageable—though, there is a daytime tour solution, as properly, if you’re not a enthusiast of items that go bump in the night.

start of tour

Environment off on the tour of the grounds (the Live performance Hall, our 1st end, is in the length on the correct).

Though there ended up a several times the lights would get turned off by the guidebook and we have been instructed to participate in “calling the spirit” (this entirely freaked me out, by the way), a greater part of the tour was concentrated on the ghost stories and the history powering the infamous resort.

Help Me

The text “Aid Me!!” are scrawled on the center window pane, 3rd row down. 😬 🤷‍♀️

I only felt a little bit “off” in the Concert Hall, which is adjacent to the major resort creating, whilst just about everywhere else we frequented on the house I felt beautifully fine. The instant I stepped into the vacant hall, I virtually quickly felt weighed down and had a little bit of issues breathing, as if the air was thick with smog. Then, as soon as we bought outside, that “large” sensation wholly disappeared.

(I am going to be truthful, I feel I was more thrilled to see “The Danbury,” aka the title The Stanley Lodge “adopted” when it was showcased in 1994’s Dumb and Dumber, than I was to participate in the ghost tour. As a big Jim Carrey supporter, it was exciting making an attempt to “recreate” different scenes at the real film location!)

The Shining Twins

A nod to The Shining.

On the other hand, numerous of my coworkers experienced “hands-on” experiences throughout the approximately 70-minute ghost tour—we covered a great deal of floor, from the Live performance Hall to the main building, and The Lodge, as very well as in a tunnel program beneath the hotel by itself.

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Our tour guide encountered a ghostly presence in this article in the underground tunnels just a couple of months in the past. Do you see nearly anything?

Regrettably, we didn’t get to check out the notorious Home 217, even though here is a image from it from the outside the house of the lodge (it can be the space with the balcony):

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Home 217, on the 2nd floor

So, I requested my coworkers to create about their ordeals in the course of the tour, and though some didn’t see or “sense” the spirits, other folks entirely did.

This is what my team had to say:

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Staying equipped to experience the Stanley Hotel was a as soon as-in-a-life span experience. The reality that we ended up equipped to go to at evening produced it even additional thrilling. From the moment I walked into the resort, I could experience a change in power. My head bought hefty, and there was a slight dizziness that adopted. Every thing intrigued me. From the pics on the walls, to the haunted concert corridor, to the dark and dirty basement area, there was no doubt in my intellect that spirits resided in these areas. At one particular issue on the tour, we ended up ready to see if the grounds keeper/security guard would make an appearance from the “other facet.” As we had been all packed in a modest space, with the lights just lately shut off, I felt a tension on the back again of my spine. It did not really feel evil or scary it felt more like another person was building positive we ended up all safeguarded. This appeared very a lot in line with what a grounds keeper/stability guard would be executing. Seconds just after that strain was felt, there were being two distinctive thumps higher than the room that absolutely everyone in our group heard … anything that the tour manual had just a short while ago stated tends to materialize from time to time. This was a absolutely sure indicator that one thing was there with us that night. It is challenging to completely explain all the things skilled that night. I would surely advise men and women likely to the grounds in order to working experience all the interesting inner thoughts and observations made when walking by the Stanley Lodge. If you can get a likelihood to go, I would very advise it.

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Taking the Stanley Resort Ghost Tour is now a box checked off on my bucket listing! The historical past of the grounds and buildings was interesting, but I can’t say that I personally noticed or felt any ghosts or spirits myself. Later on, nevertheless, I assumed it was bizarre that all of our pictures (stereotypically) turned out blurrier than ordinary, and I did capture some odd ghost-like photos on-digicam (however they could quickly be defined by a thing else, as well). The encounter was really enjoyable and interesting—but I could do with out the dank basement rooms the place they turned out the lights!

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We don’t remember getting this picture. But there is a clear geometric mist.

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A image taken by blunder capabilities a twirly geometric mist. 

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I by no means felt “creeped out” but I did see that, at times, there [were] unique energies transferring space from area. I have no explanations why I got goosebumps on my human body when in selected rooms. I also utilized a SLS Digicam app on my Apple iphone that has been applied by other Ghost Hunters and there were a couple periods it creeped me out. At 2 diverse moments during the tour, there was a [figure] that confirmed up on the SLS, both standing/seating guiding the similar man or woman, at which level there was no a single in the vicinity of her. I also noticed at the beginning of the tour a white mist light-weight figure that was about 4 ft high off the ground Literally subsequent a pal of mine to the stairs. Unfortunately, the application isn’t going to report so I have no evidence of it, but I KNOW WHAT I Observed. I failed to sh*t my trousers, but soon after that tour, I have come to be extra intrigued with the spirit world. Don’t Judge ME.

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In the Live performance Corridor, an “anomaly” got picked up on the SLS Camera app. That circled portion? Nobody was standing there, and but …

Have you been to The Stanley Hotel? Did you have any “otherworldy” ordeals even though keeping there? Share your views and ghost stories with us in the opinions underneath.

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