Monte Vista Hotel
With eerily vacant prisons, numerous haunted hotels and a couple of ghost towns, the Wild West has left Arizona a number of haunted legacies, transforming the state into a Hallween hotspot
Clients looking for something spooky to do this October might want to check-in to a haunted hotel. The Gadsden Hotel in Douglas, Ariz., is home to a headless ghost, believed to be Pancho Villa, who has been seen roaming the hallways and the basement of the property. In Flagstaff, Ariz., clients can pay a visit to the Monte Vista Hotel. In the 40s and 50s, this hotel was a favorite of Hollywood’s elite, but now the ghost of a phantom bellboy knocks on doors during the night and then vanishes. The San Carlos Hotel in Phoenix, which is home to Leone Jensen, who committed suicide at the hotel by jumping off the roof and now roams freely about the property moaning eerily.
Arizona’s Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park, in Yuma, Ariz. is another scary site. Visitors can check out the remains of old prison cells, the entrance gate and the guard tower of the facility, which dates back to 1876.
Clients can also check out ghost towns like the Williams, which was coined by the International Ghost Hunters Society as “Arizona’s Living Ghost Town.” Visitors can tour Saloon Row with “Hearse Whisperer” Dr. Suz. Bisbee, believed to be one of the most haunted towns in southern Arizona, is a mining town founded in the 1800s. The town, which saw its share of mining accidents, barroom brawls and general tragedy, is home to a cornucopia of hauntings.