13 Spookiest Hotels and Tourist Sights in Arizona (Image is for illustrative purposes only.)
Are you an amateur ghost hunter? Thrill seeker? Fan of the Wild Wild West and its legendary cowboys, gunfighters, miners and the “soiled angels” that entertained them? Then make your plans to visit some of Arizona’s most haunted and storied spots to see if you experience similar paranormal phenomena reported by other tourists: clunking noises, disembodied voices, sudden gusts of cold air, a feeling of being watched, objects moving on their own, lights flickering, radios and TVs turning on and off, apparition sightings, suspicious objects appearing in photographs, or even being pinched by a rascally wraith! Do you dare spend the night in a haunted hotel, or tour a notorious former saloon, brothel or opium den? We’ve chosen an unlucky 13 of the spookiest haunts in Arizona to get you started.
A Few Arizona Ghost Stories
The Copper Queen Hotel is one of the most frequently ghost-hunted places in Arizona because of the numerous and frequent reports of paranormal activity from its guests and employees. Completed in 1902, the Copper Queen Hotel is reportedly haunted by three entities: first, a tall older gentleman with long hair and a beard, wearing a black cape and a tophat; second, a “lady of the evening” named Julia Lowell who, heartbroken by a client who did not return her love, took her own life and is said to appear as a bright white spoke and often whispers to male guests; last, the mischievous spirit of a young boy who drowned in the San Pedro River, who playfully moves objects, giggles and is sometimes heard crying. The Copper Queen Hotel has a very active 3rd floor, with reports of ghostly singing and laughter, windows and doors that open and close on their own, doorknobs jiggling, stomping sounds, and wafts of fine cigar smoke.
Tombstone on the whole is a hotbed of paranormal activity. Between Nellie Cashman’s, the Birdcage Theater, Big Nose Kate’s Saloon and Buford House Bed & Breakfast — plus other reported haunts that were some of Tombstone’s numerous saloons, bordellos and restaurants &mdash this infamous town, which was the largest and fastest-growing settlement in the Arizona Territory between San Francisco and St. Louis with its estimated 15,000 residents in the late 1800s, was the home of some of the Wild West’s most legendary cowboys, outlaws, prospectors, and the “filles de joie”. Today, the reported spirits of Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, the Clantons and the McLaurys, plus other Tombstone personalities, have been reportedly seen, felt and photographed in numerous locations around town. Visitors can stay overnight in haunted inns like Buford House, and tour the town’s streets and sights, watching and listening for mysteriously moving objects, sudden gusts of cold air, disembodied sounds of raucous behavior pouring out of closed-up buildings at night, and ghostly footsteps walking behind you on the plank-board sidewalks.
Like Tombstone, Jerome has a reputation for being a host to a high level of other-worldly activity. The Grand Hotel (a former hospital), the Connor Hotel and Ghost City Inn have all been reported as being haunted by spirits of Jerome’s miners and reputed “soiled doves” that occupied the town’s red light district, plus the women and children that perished from accidents, disease, childbirth and fever over the former ghost-town’s ~70 year heyday. Visitors to Jerome have often reported sounds of coughing and wheezing seemingly coming from nowhere and no one. Flickering lights have been cited many times, with no explanation as to the cause. Disembodied groaning, footsteps and voices, as well as objects that move from one location to another when your back is turned, have caused some guests of Jerome’s hotels to check out early or seek other accommodations.
What do you think? What are the spookiest, most haunted (open to the public) places YOU’VE experienced in Arizona; did we leave your favorite off our list? Tell us about your paranormal encounters in the comments.