My Ghost Tour at “The Stanley Hotel” aka “The Shining” Hotel

While booking and planning my road trip in 2018, I came across the Stanley while planning my leg through Colorado. The hotel that birthed one of the scariest stories out there, “The Shining,” surely could produce the ghost tours of ghost tours. And so I called my good pal Darby and signed us up for the late night tour- going to bed that night SO excited!

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After my first time in Rocky Mountain National Park, then lunch and shopping in Estes Park, I counted down the hours to my first steps to the Stanley.  Darby and I got there as the sun set, taking pictures before the tour started.  We headed to the basement where we gathered for our tour in a side room.  Our host checked us in, and we were on our way to the ballroom.

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The ballroom tour took us to the choir loft area, the main room, and then the basement where there is a lot of paranormal activity. Here is where she taught us to put a sucker in our hands, a dum dum to be exact, and to turn it upside down. As you held it in your hand, the spirit then could move it back and forth to tell you they were present. Some of the group’s moved, some didn’t- mine, while everyone watched, bent slowly down and back. My hand never moved, no wind, no heat on, it was really cool! 

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We entered a side room where they explained the Madam likes to hang out, and as I walked in with the tour guide, I could smell roses really strong.  She asked me if something was wrong, and I said quietly to her, do you smell that? She said no, what do you smell? I said, Roses, and she smiled and said “she’s Here.” I was the only one who smelled it.

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We then walked around the outside and back into the Hotel basement, and into the old tunnel connects under it. This was the oldest and spookiest part of the tour and property, and I LOVED IT. They turned off the lights for a while and I just took pic after pic- but Darby got the best pic of the night. It’s an orb flying over my leg in the tunnel- great catch girl! It felt incredibly heavy down there and definitely more “devious” than the ballroom. I wouldn’t have been comfortable being in their alone, ever.

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The tour costs $28 per person, a bit cheaper if you are a hotel guest. Now I went before Covid hit, so now it looks like they are limiting the tours to only 10 guests, masks required. Is it worth it? HECK YEAH!! It had a GREAT spooky vibe, you get a to see some of the hotel, but I wish they had toured MORE of the hotel area, and not just the ballroom and basement. So if you think you are in for a tour of the famous rooms and such, youre out of luck, they are usually occupied due to their popularity. ALSO keep that in mind if you roam the halls on your own, they don’t want you disturbing guests sleeping while you ghost hunt.  I hope to be back here again with a stay AT the hotel and then another ghost tour- you never know what you will see!

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“Shining” at the Stanley Hotel…

During my road trip of 2018, I was blessed to be able to spend time with my dear friend, Darby. She has the coolest name right? Anyways, she invited me to stay at her homestead while I toured some of the many wonderful things that Colorado has to offer. At the VERY tippy top of my list was the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park. Why? Well, if you must know, the Stanley is known for film and tv locations, along with something of a haunted, spooky past. So let’s check in and see what we find!

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Darby and I headed to the Stanley after the most perfect afternoon of shopping and eating in Estes Park, along with hiking in the Colorado Rockies.  As if our day could not get any better, we had a ghost tour scheduled at the Stanley for the evening.  I don’t think it gets any better than being at the hotel where Stephen King himself not only stayed but got inspired to write “The Shining.” (If you haven’t read it, you have homework, or go stream the movie).  Side note, people get this Hotel confused with the one from the Jack Nicholson movie. The “idea” of “The Shining” was BORN at the Stanley…the MOVIE was filmed at “The Timberline Lodge” on Mount Hood in Oregon. BOTH are considered “The Overlook Hotel” in the book.  Hopefully that made sense.

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The Stanley Hotel, with its 140 rooms and 14,000 square feet, allows guest to check in for an evening or for a long term stay. Opened in 1909, it was one of the first in this area of the Country to have electricity, phones, and bathrooms in the rooms. In the shadow of the Rockies, it was a jewel found amongst the snowy wilderness- almost out of place.  Ironically, the hotel was on a decline in the 1970’s until Stephen King paid a visit, and it became one of the hottest hotels for a peek at the “other side.”

Because we were there for a ghost tour, so we didn’t have to pay to get in or for parking. Normally they charge a $10 daily fee for folks to come check out the hotel. So if you can’t take a ghost tour, or can’t afford a stay, you can at least pay the nominal fee and take a look around. They will let you know what is open to the public, and what is only available to the guests. When you pay the $10 at the gate, they give you a Stanley Medallion to keep or use at the Whiskey Bar inside. A win win.

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The haunted rooms, specifically the one Stephen King stayed in, was room 217. There are also spooky tales around rooms 401, 407, and 428. Basically, the 4th floor is a hot spot.  The grand staircase, which is front and center the minute you walk into the hotel, has had many ghost sightings of a woman and child walking the stairs. I will say, the vibe on the stairs is unsettling as there are many portraits of the Stanley family staring at you- very “Haunted Mansion.”

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Take a trip to the basement, as there are lots of photos of the filming of the Shining TV series and props from the movie. This is also where the ghost tours gather before heading out into the damp and dark. I will be writing another post about JUST the ghost tour, so look for that soon!

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Going from “What If? to “Why Not” is my life motto and I work hard at living that every day. I share everything from moving to Florida to live near Disney World to road trips across the States. I love the cool, quirky, and crazy stuff that I can find on my Adventures, and every dollar you donate helps support my efforts and hard work. Thank you to ALL who support me!

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