Top 10 most haunted places in Arizona
As Halloween approaches and the summer heat begins to ease, many of us are in the mood for fear. And for good reason, it’s the season to watch horror movies, visit haunted houses and discover some of Arizona’s most haunted places. Arizona has some of the most unique places in the United States to visit, but it’s also home to many of the West’s most haunted sites. Most of the locations in this article have been featured in TV shows such as Ghost Adventures and Ghost Hunters. If you’re up for a ghost hunt, visit some of the places on this list. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!
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1. The Grand Hotel, Jérôme
This former mining town is nestled in the mountains north of Phoenix, between Prescott and Sedona. There are many exciting places to visit in Jerome if you are looking to have a scary time. Explore the Haunted Hamburger, the Sliding Jail or visit an abandoned mine. And if you’re looking for probably Arizona’s most haunted spot, visit the Grand Hotel.
Before becoming the Grand Hotel in 1996, it was the United Verde Hospital. Known as one of the best hospitals in Arizona at the time, many were issued there for a variety of reasons. The hospital opened in 1926 and closed in the 1950s. The third floor is known for most supernatural events, as it was where the operating room was located. Most of the deaths occurred in the operating room. However, Room 32 is known to be scary as there have been rumors of suicide on the private balcony.
2. Lost Dutchman State Park, Superstition Mountains
Lost Dutchman State Park is just 40 miles east of Phoenix. Located in the Superstition Mountains, this park has many urban stories and legends attached to it. In the 1800s, this land belonged to the Apaches.
A family known as the Peralta family from northern Mexico mined the land, discovering a plethora of gold. During the families’ last fateful expedition, they were ambushed by Apaches and killed. This area, known as the “Killing Grounds” is known to be haunted. Since then, the pursuit of hidden gold has resulted in the deaths and disappearances of many more.
3. Territorial Prison, Yuma
Located as west as it gets before reaching California, Yuma Territorial Jail is known as a dark and intimidating place for visitors. This prison operated successfully for 33 years and housed more than 3,000 inmates. Inmates who have robbed, killed and worse. This prison had walls so high that these prisoners had no view of the outside, and the worst of them were subjected to the “black cell”.
Banished in the dark, the prisoners were left completely alone to conjure up any negative thoughts or curses they dared. It is now an interesting museum to visit with the family, steeped in history and tragic souls. Visit the prison and even the “Dark Cell”, that is, if you have the courage.
4. Monte Vista Hotel, Flagstaff
The Hotel Monte Vista is located off Route 66 in the popular town of Flagstaff, in northern Arizona. If you want to visit a historic site, discover many ghost stories and possibly have a paranormal experience, the Monte Vista hotel is for you.
As one of Arizona’s oldest hotels, built in the 1920s, this place has seen its fair share of death. Check out the “Meat Man” in Room 220, the Haunted Rocking Chair in Room 305 or the “Baby in the Basement”. These are just a taste of the spirits that reside in this hotel. Each of these ghost stories is sure to provoke intrigue and fear.
5. The Orpheum Theater, Phoenix
Established in 1929 and located in downtown Phoenix, this intricate piece of history is believed to be home to at least four ghosts. Buy tickets to see a wonderful show any time of the year. Just keep in mind that the living might not be the only ones in the audience.
The most famous ghost in the theater is a little girl named “Maddie”. Visitors claim to be able to see or hear the little ghost when they are near the balcony. If you want to be afraid, visit from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. between October 25e-31st for a ghost tour.
6. Oyster House by Casey Moore, Tempe
Located in Tempe, near the Arizona State University campus, the house was originally built in 1910. The house was owned by William and Mary Moeur until their deaths, William in 1929 and Mary in the 1940s. After the owners died, the house was used as a brothel where heinous crimes were committed.
In 1986, it became Casey Moore’s Oyster House, where neighbors and patrons talk about the paranormal events taking place. From random lights on to silverware and pictures moving inexplicably. Staff report that at night the spirits will reset the table settings. This place is sure to satisfy your appetite, and maybe scare you.
7. Birdcage Theater, Gravestone
Tombstone is located southeast of Tucson and just north of Bisbee. Tombstone is home to the Birdcage Theater, one of the oldest on this list, which opened in 1881. The New York Times helped give it a reputation for being one of the nastiest theaters in New York. Orleans and San Francisco.
For eight years the theater operated 24/7, during this time at least 26 people are said to have been killed. Let’s say it wasn’t the kind of theater for the traditional arts. Visit and you will see hundreds of bullet holes still in the walls. You can also see the spirits of prostitutes and cowboys roaming around, still causing chaos even after death.
8. Copper Queen Hotel, Bisbee
As the hotel name suggests, Bisbee was a copper mining town in the 1880s. Today it is known as one of Arizona’s most haunted towns. Located south of Tombstone, just north of the Mexican border. The city had a reputation for being home to dangerous people, many of whom died in shootings.
During the day, enjoy art galleries, pretty boutiques and history museums. But never let your guard down. It’s not only the Copper Queen Hotel that has ghost sightings, but the Grand Hotel, Queen Mine, and Brewery Gulch District as well. Basically, the whole of downtown is home to lost souls.
9. Vulture Gold Mine, Wickenburg
Years ago there was a thriving town called Vulture City, where the gold mine brought wealth and notoriety to the city. From 1862 to 1942, this city prospered. After the start of the war, the city was abandoned. Just 14 miles from Wickenburg northwest of Phoenix, you can now visit this abandoned city.
Beware of ghosts though, many spirits were rude gunslingers and thieves in search of gold. Another tragic spirit named Jimmy Davis still lives in the mine shafts. It has been said that he was an honest man, who died a horrible death in the mines. Listen carefully and you may be able to hear his blood-curdling screams reminding us of the tragedy.
10. Pioneer Hotel, Tucson
Tucson is Arizona’s second largest city, located in the southern part of the state. Visit and you will enjoy beautiful mountain views and a rich history. You may also encounter persistent spirits depending on where you look.
The Pioneer Hotel is one of America’s most haunted hotels. Built in 1929, this 11-story hotel was a bustling part of town. In the 1970s, tragedy erupted when a fire raged throughout the hotel, killing 28 people and injuring others. After the fire, this part of the city was abandoned by most. Now dark shadows roam its hallways and the smell of smoke lingers. You can book a tour if you are brave enough, but beware.