UPDATED: Haunted Stanley Hotel Suspends Ghost Hunts

UPDATED: Colorado’s Famously Haunted Stanley Hotel Suspends Paranormal Investigations

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It served as inspiration for Stephen King’s The Shining and has long been considered one of the most haunted buildings in the world, but in a surprising move, Colorado’s Stanley Hotel has told event organizers that it’s suspending all paranormal investigations and ghost hunting events as it moves into the busy summer months. Nightly ghost walks will continue as usual, but the future of actual paranormal investigations at The Stanley Hotel remains uncertain.

Via The Stanley Hotel

Via The Stanley Hotel

If you’re a ghost hunter, you better earn your Stanley Hotel badge in the next two weeks, because in April, the paranormal investigations at the legendary haunted location will officially come to an end for the foreseeable future. It’s a decision that has hardcore paranormal enthusiasts making plans for one last trip down the hotel’s winding corridors in search of restless spirits.

Earlier this morning, the hotel’s official ghost hunting guides, the Stanley Paranormal Investigation Team, headed up by Ghost Hunters Academy‘s Karl Pfeiffer, posted the following announcement to their Facebook page:

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It saddens us to share this with you, but this week, the Stanley Hotel made the executive decision to cease all paranormal-related events and activities, including our public ghost hunts. We understand this to be part of a long-term strategy to separate the hotel from its associations with the supernatural and to focus more on the history.

We had a fantastic six year run, but it seems the end of an era is upon us. We’ll miss all of our guests and all of our spirits more than anything. It was an honor to share our experiences with you each week while trying to bring the paranormal into your lives in a way that was down to earth, educational, and, more than anything, fun. [..]

There was never any doubt that this was the experience of a lifetime. But of course, all rides must end. And, in the same way that our jobs were to study what persists after the ride ends, we too will persist after this.

UPDATE #2 [9:28 PM EST]

After this article originally went live, Stanley Hotel management reached out to Week in Weird in order to clarify their decision to phase out the paranormal events. They’ve assured us that only the bi-weekly paranormal investigations hosted by the Stanley Paranormal Investigation Team are coming to an end, as the summer’s increase in weddings and other non-spooky events means catering to fewer night owls.

The nightly Ghost Walks and daily History Tours will continue as usual.

Here’s what The Stanley had to say:

“The Stanley Hotel is proud of its storied heritage. Part the hotel’s mission is to share this story and history with audiences from around the world.

As we head into the beautiful summer season, The Stanley will continue to offer guests the opportunity to learn about the hotel, and its special history through our daily Stanley History Tours and nightly Stanley Ghost Tours, just as we have for the past decade. While the Paranormal Investigations offered through the winter will no longer be available, The Stanley will be offering a range of new, exciting summer events and activities.

We appreciate all of our Stanley visitors and look forward to sharing new, fun and interactive events with all of our fans.

For more information about our tours please visit:  http://www.stanleyhotel.com/tours/night-ghost-tours

So to clarify, all the signature Stanley events are sticking around, and you’ll still be able to take a guided tour of the legendary building’s haunted history, but the actual paranormal investigations are being placed on indefinite hiatus.

[Note: As they’re no longer relevant, I’ve removed a couple pre-statement quotes made by people under the impression that The Stanley was cutting paranormal content entirely]

Just last year, a striking piece of ghostly evidence was captured during one of the hotel’s bi-weekly ghost tours, appearing to show the spectral figure of a little girl said to haunt to property.

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Here’s hoping that once the busy summer season has ended, The Stanley Hotel will revisit their decision to place ghost hunts on hiatus.

UPDATE #1 [4:13 PM EST]

The Stanley Hotel’s official twitter account has responded to say that, while they are “de-emphasizing” paranormal investigations, their daily “Ghost Tours” will continue as usual. We’ve updated this article to further clarify the new policy.




Amy Bruni’s Strange Escapes weekend, occurring April 8 through the 11th, marks the last of the ghost hunting events taking place at The Stanley, but tickets for the getaway are currently sold out. Those looking to get one last ghostly go at the hotel’s paranormal activity currently have two chances to do so by taking part in the last public ghost hunts offered by the Stanley Paranormal Investigation Team on Saturday, March 25, and Sunday, March 26.

Amy Bruni's Strange Escapes at The Stanley Hotel

If you’d like The Stanley Hotel to continue celebrating its spirits with paranormal investigations, it never hurts to politely let them know. You can contact the hotel by clicking here.


What do you think about the Stanley Hotel’s decision to place paranormal investigations on indefinite hiatus? Will you be making an attempt to get one last ghost hunt in at the haunted hotel? We want to hear your thoughts. Tweet us @WeirdHQ, drop us a line on Facebook, or start a conversation in the comments below!


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They’ll change they minds after they see their profits plummet.

The Stanley Hotel is proud of its storied heritage. Part the hotel’s mission is to share this story and history with audiences from around the world. As we head into the beautiful summer season, The Stanley will continue to offer guests the opportunity to learn about the hotel, and its special history through our daily history and nightly ghost tours, just as we have for the past decade. While the Paranormal Investigations offered through the winter will no longer be available, The Stanley will be offering a range of new, exciting summer events and activities. We appreciate all of our… Read more »
Tamera L Martin Rettie
They have made so much money off of Ghost tours and people wanting to stay where Stephen King wrote The Shining. People who just came in very small groups probably will be offended and not come now. Well put together ghost hunts are not usually made up of rowdy people. They pay a lot of money to get a membership, pay for the hotel, for their travel and their expenses. They do not come to trash a place and the majority of the hunts happen at night after a long day of other things going on. The hotel profits from… Read more »
Abandoned exploration

It makes no sense that they are completely ending the paranormal investigations bc they have been allowing and offering them for how many years now? 😒😱👻

I just have to say that I have been going to the investigations for SIX years and they have run throughout the entire year. They were more then 1 or 2 a month. They were more like 1 or 2 a weekend and in the summer even up to 3 or 4. Most of the time they were sold out and even overbooked! Please don’t down play the investigations like they were nothing.

I just sent a letter to your email. The only reason we were traveling to Estes Park on our two week vacation to Colorado was to do the investigation at the hotel. Just told my husband that we will now be cancelling that portion of the trip and rerouting to somewhere else. We will be giving our Texas money to Glenwood Springs, Red Rocks , Denver and Boulder , but will be skipping Estes Park and the Stanley this year. Ghost Tours are not the same as paranormal investigations. There is a big difference and paranormal tourism dollars are growing… Read more »

Not my decision to make! but the opinion our household agrees on is that whomever made this decision, needs to re-evaluate, or someone at the Stanley should re-evaluate HIM!

I agree

They’ll change their minds after Henry Yau’s recently posted photograph of the grand staircase!

Ugh. This is terrible on SO many levels.

Wuuuuuuut

booooo

Really? Even their own ghost hunt tours?

Our traditional ghost tours, Shining Ball, Halloween events, Stanley Horror Film Festival, etc. will continue. Only the “paranormal investigations” have been cancelled.

I would think you would know that it was the Ghost Hunts and the paranormal events with the investigations that brought the Stanley back from bankruptcy. Without that aspect there is not reason for us to come back. I have been on the ghost tour and once was enough because nothing changes, but the ghost hunts always offer something new. I guess that is why I have been on multiple ghost hunts over the last 9 years.. No more as I have no reason to go back now.

Nooooo! A tour was on my bucket list!

The Stanley Hotel is proud of its storied heritage. Part the hotel’s mission is to share this story and history with audiences from around the world. As we head into the beautiful summer season, The Stanley will continue to offer guests the opportunity to learn about the hotel, and its special history through our daily history and nightly ghost tours, just as we have for the past decade. While the Paranormal Investigations offered through the winter will no longer be available, The Stanley will be offering a range of new, exciting summer events and activities. We appreciate all of our… Read more »

Why do you keep copy and pasting the same, placating, generic response? Do you not see the negative response to your empty, ill-received notice? This decision will certainly come back to haunt you, both financially and spiritually. I wish you well, and hope this error is amended in the very near future.

Stanley Ghosts Tours are still offered nightly.

My mom is going to be truly upset, she was just there this past weekend but her husband got sick and they had to leave earlier than expected. And I still haven’t been!!

Our traditional ghost tours, Shining Ball, Halloween events, Stanley Horror Film Festival, etc. will continue. Only the “paranormal investigations” have been cancelled.

Perhaps the spirits complained to the hotel executives that they felt they were being exploited?

Very sad to hear this, this won’t make the ghosts go away, I hope they realize that, & it won’t quiet them down either.

Our traditional ghost tours, Shining Ball, Halloween events, Stanley Horror Film Festival, etc. will continue. Only the “paranormal investigations” have been cancelled.

I have never been on a ghost hunt. But just restating the same response when it is clear that these are events people want will take these people and their money to another hotel. It is also a little on the rude side.

I feel like that is a decision they’ll choose to reverse when it bites them in the behind.

Why would they do that???

Why? Talk about driving business away.

Yes and no, I stay there to get away from the crazy world . Don’t know if you have ever been there, but we all know it is haunted. When I stayed there we had people sitting on the floor a 1:30am outside my room to see if they could hear anything as I stayed in a haunted room. Not good for peace and quiet.

as someone said earlier, these people are serious investigators and are not about to be ‘rowdy’ or keep people ‘awake’! so maybe you were wakeful, wondering if they ‘caught’ anything!

Wtf?!!!! I’ll call them lol!!

Glad I didn’t book the trip on April for the big paranormal event

Wonder why, something must have happened. A shame..

That IS a very bad business move guys!!! That’s a big part of the hotels charm!!! BAD MOVE!!!

I think so too

They are going lose business

Why???? It’s a fabulous place!!!

What the hell????

Well they will lose a ton of business

How do you figure?

April fools?????

They just lost a lot of people

Eh, still can’t stop guests who want to wander the halls with ‘tourist’ equipment. lol

Just because they stop associating with the tours and paranormal events doesn’t mean that the activity will stop. Yes they will definitely lose money, but with the tours and other events atleast the guests will better understand why it’s happening. Without it some people will most likely just be afraid of it and just leave without any explanation. It’s a very sad thing. People will always be curious. And spirit will always be active no matter if they embrace it or ignore it. I personally think, not taken seriously it may get worse

Stupid move!!!!

good luk evictng teh gosts.

I saw the Stanley Hotel years back when I was at Estes Park , but haven’t been able to plan a trip to stay there yet !!!!

If this is true, maybe it’s a good thing. Perhaps they’ve chosen to help the spirits move on, let their souls finally rest in peace.

The spirits do not want to leave it’s their home too, They will miss all the activity and possibly cause more trouble because of the cancelled investigations which they actually enjoy. . .Dumb move on the Hotel’s part

I wonder if The Stanley remembers who bailed them out of going into bankruptcy? It was the Ghost Hunters. It was the fame and excitement that the Ghost Hunters brought with them. It was a regained notoriety. This is an interesting move indeed. We’ve watched it happen to several locations and eventually they come back to us.

I wonder how this will affect Aiden Sinclair’s weekly séances and the 24 hour a day showing of both versions of The Shining in the rooms…

They might be cutting of their nose to spite their face. Do they seriously think the ghosts will leave because they say so? Hahaha

I totally support this. As a guest last summer, it was uncomfortable to have so many non-guests roaming the halls late into the night.

So some bean counter makes a decision and the spirits just go away?

Huh ??? Why? !?!

Overrated hotel with rude staff.

I agree. I was going to go there for a vacation. But when I called they wanted 2k for a week! Yes and that was not even in a a ghost room! I am sorry this is not the Las Vegas or Orlando or the Bahamas! I asked why so a steep price for a hotel literately in the middle of no where they said “you will pay for it or not come.” I said good luck! They are rude and condescending. As a local paranormal investigator in the MD/PA area there is enough hotel charging large fees for nothing.… Read more »

My ghost buddies, at the Hotel, will be starting revolution very soon…

Give it a few years when they lose so much cash , They’ll start them up again .

Bad move

So sad!!!!

Best move ever, this beautiful place is turning into a joke.

They just added the maze! I’m so confused….

What? Are you kidding? This is what drew us to The Stanley!! Not a good move!

This is disappointing. I have a room booked there in August and was hoping to do the ghost tour offered via their website.

They have a ghost tour that is separate from this

Jennifer Barber if they’re cutting all ties with the paranormal I would assume they’re nixing it as well. It would only make sense to- they shouldn’t offer their own ghost tour and yet deny any other event.

Laura, in the article and comment section where the hotel staff responds, you will read that the hotel is still offering ghost tours. Just cutting ties with outside paranormal investigations. You will still have a chance of a ghost your in August.

Ugh it clearly states it is the paranormal investigations they are cutting. Not the tours of the history and stories of ghosts. In other words there will not be people with equipment doing research allowed anymore. No Ghostbusters if you will.

So, are the spirits leaving?? LOL. You go as a guest and quietly search for spirits. Just don’t mention it…

I agree with you, don’t admit why you are here!

As a Colorado native, and a life long fan of The Stanley and it’s haunted history, this is heartbreaking news.

Denial will not make the ghosts stop making there presence known lol

Before the current owner, this hotel struggled financially and with this decision it will once again struggle.

Good luck with that the ghost will keep showing them selves!

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