We all know Aspen has a very rich history dating back to the 19th Century. If you are looking for a unique and fun (and maybe a little spooky) adventure this Halloween, consider a visit to one of our local ghost towns or cemeteries. Get a taste of Roaring Fork Valley history and hear some classic ghost stories along the way.
Here are Aspen’s best “ghostly” experiences to check out during the fall season:
Ashcroft Ghost Town
Ashcroft is an old silver mining town located 11 miles up Castle Creek Road. You’ll be able to take a guided tour through some of the old buildings here, such as the saloon, the Bird House Hotel and the post office. Learn more.
Aspen’s Darkside Historical Ghost, Murder & Mayhem Tour
This is a fun and spooky night walking tour that will take you to some of Aspen’s most haunted sites. You’ll hear some great local ghost stories and learn about the darker side of our mountain town’s unique history that dates all the way back to 1879. Are you brave enough for this thrilling tour? Learn more.
Independence Ghost Town
Independence is one of the first mining sites to be established in the Roaring Fork Valley in 1879, so this old ghost town has many great stories to tell. It is located on Independence Pass, just below the Continental Divide at 10,900 in elevation. Fall is a great time to visit this ghost town before the winter snow closes the pass. Learn more.
Walk with the Dead at Ute Cemetery
The Ute Cemetery offers guided night tours of one of the area’s oldest and spookiest burial grounds. You’ll hear stories about the buffalo soldiers, who were pioneers of “Ute City.” A number of other important local historical figures were buried here, as well. This tour combines a history lesson with a few frights you might find at a haunted house. Learn more.
Red Butte Cemetery
This old local cemetery dates back to 1899. There aren’t any guided tours here, but I recommend a moonlight stroll through the grounds (especially on a full moon night) for an eerie good time! Learn more.
After visiting Red Butte Cemetery, you should head over to the J-Bar at Hotel Jerome for a nightcap. Not only is this one of Aspen’s best hangouts, but it’s also known to be one of Aspen’s most haunted locations. The bartenders there will gladly tell you some incredible ghost stories.
I hope you all have a great Halloween this year with plenty of tricks and treats!
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