The Stanley Hotel
Ghost Hunters



Estes Park, Colorado
The Stanley Hotel Tunnel Disembodied Voice (Ghost Hunters) - Jason and Grant hear a voice saying "Hello" while checking out a tunnel in the Stanley Hotel. The Stanley Hotel is a 138 room Georgian Hotel which is located in Estes Park, Colorado. Located within sight of the Rocky Mountain National Park. It was built by Freelan O. Stanley of Stanley Steamer fame and opened on July 4th, 1909. Many people believe this hotel to be haunted and many reports seem to indicate it is haunted primarily in the ballroom. There are theories that quartz and limestone may bring on poltergeist activity and this type of rock is found within the Rocky Mountains.


The Stanley Hotel is a 138-room Georgian hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. Located within sight of the Rocky Mountain National Park, the Stanley offers panoramic views of the Rockies.

It was built by Freelan O. Stanley of Stanley Steamer fame and opened on July 4th, 1909, catering to the rich and famous, including the Titanic survivor Margaret Brown, John Philip Sousa, Theodore Roosevelt, the Emperor and Empress of Japan, and a variety of Hollywood personalities.


The Stanley Hotel also hosted Stephen King, inspiring him to write The Shining. Contrary to information sometimes published, King was living in Boulder at the time and did not actually write the novel at the hotel. Parts of the mini-series version of The Shining were filmed there, although it was not used for Stanley Kubrick's cinematic version.

The hotel and its surrounding lands are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Stanley Hotel shows the uncut R-rated version of Kubrick's The Shining on a continuous loop on Channel 42 on guest room televisions.


The neoclassical hotel was the inspiration for the fictional Overlook Hotel in Stephen King's novel The Shining. While he and his wife were staying at the Stanley, King conceived the basic idea for the novel. The 1997 television miniseries version of The Shining was filmed at the Stanley, and it has been used as a location site for other films as well, most notably as the "Hotel Danbury" in Dumb and Dumber.


Many people believe this hotel to be haunted and
many reports seem to indicate it is haunted primarily in the ballroom.

There are theories that quartz and limestone may bring on poltergeist activity and this type of rock is found within the Rocky Mountains next to the hotel.


In May 2006, investigators with The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS) investigated the hotel for the SciFi program Ghost Hunters.

TAPS returned to the hotel on October 31st, 2006 for a live, six hour follow-up investigation. Premiering in July 2010, Ghost Hunters Academy had the finale of the second season take place in The Stanley Hotel. In November 2008, UK channel LIVING broadcast Most Haunted's investigation of the hotel.


Onto the Investigation - At the hotel, the team meets concierge Billy Ward, who takes them on a tour of its haunted spots. In the McGregor Room, a cook heard a party going on while the room was empty and two employees saw a figure appear between them as they talked.

A maid named Mrs. Wilson died in room 217, where Stephen King and his wife found their clothes and luggage had been rearranged during their absence. On the fourth floor, children have been seen playing in the corridor. In the lobby, Billy has seen books fly off the shelves.

Billy takes them to room 1312, where a housekeeper discovered lamps and pictures on the floor of a room that had just been cleaned. He tells them of a window on the third floor opening closing by itself, and about a homeless woman who haunts the concert hall, where unexplained shrieking has been heard.

Night one: In the McGregor Room, Jason and Grant record with the thermal camera something moving near the door. In room 412, Brian and Steve see shadows as the door and bed shake. While Jason sleeps in room 401, he hears a closet door open and notices a glass has shattered.

Night two: Brian hears a man's voice as he sets up a camera in room 1312. Jason and Grant debunk the headboard rattling in room 412 by figuring out that wind from the open window shakes it.


The Stanley Hotel also hosted Stephen King, inspiring him to write The Shining.

Contrary to information sometimes published, King was living in Boulder at the time and did not actually write the novel at the hotel.


Parts of the mini-series version of The Shining were filmed there, although it was not used for Stanley Kubrick's cinematic version.



Brian and Steve trace high EMF readings in the McGregor Room to an electrical box in the basement below. In the Billiards Room (where parties have been heard), Brian wonders what the building is made of; residual hauntings are often linked to areas that contain a lot of quartz, which absorbs the "energy" of past events to create the residual hauntings.

Brian sees a shadow move in the doorway, and they hear a doorknob rattle when they ask for a sign of a presence.


The Stanley Hotel - Ghost Hunters


As Grant changes a tape in room 1302, he and cameraman
Kendall Whelpton see tables and chairs move on their own.

Dave and Steve analyze the footage. The images Jason and Grant caught in the McGregor Room were reflections of their own legs. An EVP recorded outside Brian's room is found to be the noise caused by a heater activating.


Because the camera only caught the edge of the table that Grant and Kendall
saw move, the team can't be sure what caused it to happen. Brian learns that there is quartz and granite under the hotel that might be contributing to the hotel's residual hauntings.

Jason and Grant convey their findings to Billy and Nancy Baker, the hotel's controller. When the door in the Manor Hall closes a certain way, it sounds like a woman screeching; wind rattles the headboard in room 412; pipes are making banging noises.

Jason explains that the children in the halls and party sounds are probably residual hauntings caused by the deposits of limestone and quartz upon which the hotel is built.

They tell them about the shadows Brian and Steve saw in the Billiards Room and the odd events that transpired in Jason's room.

Nancy and Billy say they've never seen this kind of evidence before and are glad to have proof that something is going on. Jason and Grant agree that the hotel is haunted and that the trip to Colorado has been worth it.