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Where to Go to (Maybe) See a Ghost

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Here's Johnny! Image of The Stanley Hotel courtesy of visitestespark.com.
Here’s Johnny! Image of The Stanley Hotel courtesy of visitestespark.com.

The Southwest’s storied history makes it a haven for hauntings. Here’s where to go if you’re looking to have a little run-in with the afterlife.

The Oliver House Bed and Breakfast in Bisbee, Arizona

What was once a 12-room boarding house for miners during Bisbee’s boom years is now a small B+B that’s believed to be home to a few permanent residents, including the ghost of Nat Anderson, who was found murdered in room 13. Curious visitors can book a ghost tour package or even take part in a monthly séance.

The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado

There’s a reason The Stanley inspired Steven King’s The Shining — this Rocky Mountain hotel has been dubbed one of America’s most haunted hotels. The hotel’s primary eternal residents are its founders, Freelan Oscar and Flora Stanley who seem to continue to go about the business of running their establishment; Flora’s antique Steinway can be heard playing in the dead of night and F.O.’s likeness has been captured in photographs. For the best chance of a paranormal experience, request to stay in a haunted room or sign up for a nighttime ghost tour.

La Posada de Santa Fe in Santa Fe

This upscale hotel in the heart of Santa Fe is built around what was once the private home of Julia and Abraham Staab. While the Staabs passed on more than 100 years ago, rumor has it that Julia —who may or may not have lost her mind when one of her children died — never left. Today, visitors can pay homage to the long-time resident by dining at the hotel’s restaurant, Julia’s.

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