Join us for a mile-high experience of haunting fun!
Denver Terrors takes you through 9 or 14 different haunted sites around the Capitol Hill area, each one is more terrifying than the one before.
Meet your experienced tour guide at the Capitol Building parking lot at 200 E. Colfax at least 15 minutes before your tour’s scheduled departure time. The standard tour takes about an hour and walks you through several landmark locations in the area with spooky stories that your guide will reveal. If you select the extended tour, you will get another 40 minutes of chilling tales and historical locations!
The Denver Terrors walking tour is a great way to see the amazing sites of Denver’s Capitol Hill while also getting your fill of the ghostly atmosphere of the city’s most haunted locations.
While you walk around the city’s impressive Capitol see if you can spot the pickled heads of a notorious outlaw gang that terrorized the town, they’ve been missing since a bounty was collected on their heads since the late 19th century!
Nearby Cheeseman park today looks like a beautiful open green space for exercise and picnics, but over 2,000 bodies lie under the green grass, after a botched operation to move the old cemetery that lay there. Cheap, flimsy coffins were used, and gravediggers cut corners, dismembering bodies and spreading the pieces into different coffins to save precious space! The dismembered corpses still prowl the park on foggy days and at night, searching for their missing parts.
While genuinely scary this tour is perfect for first-time visitors to Denver, and seasoned locals alike! Plus, it is a family-friendly attraction so everyone can come on a Denver Ghosts tour—your kids, friends, or a date! We’ll make sure that you have an informative, memorable, and slightly terrifying night. Keep in mind that tours fill up quickly, so reserve your spot early through our website.
Mountains, Mischief, and Misfortune
Denver may be well-known for its natural beauty and proximity to the Rocky Mountains, but most people don’t talk about what lurks behind the city’s tourist-friendly façade. As you walk around Denver’s historic Capitol Hill neighborhood, also known as “Millionaire’s Row,” you will see the great mansions of industrialists, greedy politicians, and the cutthroat news barons. These men made the city what it is today, but they also left their spirits behind to torment and be tormented forevermore.
Denver Terrors will take you to these historical and haunted locations like the Capitol building, the Sheedy Mansion, and the Newhouse Hotel, and you will learn all about the ghoulish, terrifying, and sometimes flirtatious spirits that haunt the area.
Find out where the inimitable and unsinkable Molly Brown, aspiring socialite and one of the most famous survivors of the Titanic sinking, might still show her face. Her apparition still entertains society’s finest and tries to pretend she fits in. In another nearby location, hear how a scandalous affair led to a tragic suicide that ended up closing one of the area’s most popular hotels that used to welcome new arrivals to the city.
Many people come to Denver looking peace and natural serenity that they craved, far above the hustle of the East and West coasts, however, the darkness of human nature still crept into the corners of even this serene city. Your night-time trip through the scandalous past of Denver’s wealthy elite, as well as a few tales of working-class tragedy, will help you understand that even in Queen City when the hairs stand up on the back of your neck, and you feel that familiar flutter in the pit of your stomach, you will know the true terror of the Mile High City.
What draws the supernatural to Denver?
For a city that so often highlights the natural world’s beauty, Denver also has a strong connection to the super-natural. Our tour offers an uncompromising look at what makes Denver such a compelling haunted location. It’s quiet here in Denver, with only 600,000 living souls in the metro area, but it’s still the most populous city in Colorado. This draws many people looking for the quiet and to escape the pressure of coastal life, only to slowly realize that sometimes you cannot run away from your problems. Maybe bad luck haunts the natives too, as it seems that both locals and those from far away make up the ghosts of Denver and make it such a hotbed for paranormal activity.
The Croke-Patterson-Campbell house, for example, a regular stop on the Denver Terrors tour, became so riddled with ghosts that during a recent renovation, no guards would stay for more than a couple of nights. Eventually, guard dogs were employed, until one night a dog threw itself from a second-floor window plunging to its death, chased by who knows which of the resident spirits!
The Capitol Hill area’s faded luxury only adds to the feeling of loss humming in the background of each picturesque scene around the city. Sure, you can read about the tragedy and failure that underlie the Mile High City’s beautiful exterior, but experiencing its horrifying truth in person, on the very streets that the grizzly events took place on, and at night, will help make you feel like you are a part of the city’s otherworldly and macabre history.
Reserve your tour today and experience the side of Denver that you won’t see in the gorgeous postcards.Read sightings & stories!
Our Denver Ghost Tour takes you through 8 or 13 different sites around the Capitol Hill area, each with its own colorful past. Meet your experienced tour guide outside of the Colorado State Capitol at 200 E Colfax at least 15 minutes before your tour’s scheduled departure time.
The standard tour takes about an hour and takes you through several landmark locations in the area.
If you select the extended tour, you will get an extra 30 minutes of chilling stories and historic locations!
The Denver city center walking route is a great way to see Capitol Hill’s amazing historic sites while also getting your fill of the ghostly atmosphere of the city’s most haunted locations. This tour is perfect for first-time visitors to Denver and seasoned locals alike!
Our Denver Terrors Ghost Tour is a family-friendly attraction and is suitable for everyone, so bring your kids, friends, or a date! You are sure to have an informative, memorable, and slightly terrifying night. Keep in mind that tours fill up quickly, so reserve your spot early through our website now.
Tours begin outside of the Colorado State Capitol Building at 200 E Colfax Denver, CO. Tours are held rain or shine. Please note that we do not go inside the buildings, and we do not meet inside. However, you are more than welcome to tour the public locations at your leisure after the tour has ended.
The standard tour is around 1 hour long, and is 1.1 miles long. If you choose the extended tour, you will get roughly another 30 minutes and an additional 0.5 miles after the first tour ends.
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Tickets for our Denver Ghost Tours must be purchased in advance and can be found right here on our website. We will have your name on a roster, so no need to print anything out! Bring your ID and show up ready to start the tour!
Adult tickets are $19; children under 12 $12. The extended tour has an additional cost per person, click ‘Buy Now’ to find out.
You must attend the tour for the date and time of your purchase. Ghost tours are held rain or shine. Rescheduling may be done upon prior approval, and is subject to a rescheduling fee.
Parking is available at parking garages and lots on every side of the State Capitol building. Please check your tour time and meeting location in advance so that you may arrive on time. We recommend arriving early to find parking and to ensure that you are not late.
There are lots of reasons you should experience the Denver Terrors, here’s why:
You need a crash course in the history of Denver, Colorado
The gold rush that started Denver, Colorado soon petered out, but the city found new life as a supply hub for new mines in the nearby Rocky Mountains. Add in an oil and gas boom, a militarily strategic location, and you soon have a boom town with enough money and opportunity to lure the future ghosts of Denver to their untimely ends in buildings up and down the city.
Take a whistle-stop ride through Denver’s history on a route around ‘Millionaire’s Row,’ in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. The characters that built houses and often died in them illustrate the great themes and outsized personalities that shaped this spectacular city exactly one mile above sea level.
For example, the Sheedy Mansion, home of a hard-living Irishman who became Denver’s most ruthless and notorious debt collector and president of the Colorado National Bank, he was so disliked by the people of Denver that his death has barely mourned. This house holds many tales of hauntings, of people toiling unjustly for Sheedy, who perhaps roams the streets still reliving the human misery he caused.
You want something the whole family can do in Denver
The route that the standard Denver Terrors tour takes is just over 1 mile, easily walkable for even the youngest ghost enthusiasts. Your professional and capable tour guides are local experts and deliver 8 stories of the haunted histories of Denver that are suitable for the whole family.
For example, The Peabody-Whitehead Mansion is the site of many a failed restaurant, all of them dogged by the many resident spirits that won’t leave the silverware alone, and on one occasion a ghost was seen pouring a pitcher of beer down the shirt of a waitress! The mansion is so haunted it appeared on an episode of TV show Ghost Adventures where many spirits were found, especially in the dark and creepy basement.
If you have even more desire to see the places where the spooky tales of Denver’s dark side are, add the extended tour while booking your tour, this extra haunt adds another 4 haunted locations to your route, taking the ghostly wander to just over 1.5 miles.
You don’t Believe in ghosts, but are giving the supernatural a chance
Even if you aren’t convinced by the grim stories of Denver’s hauntings and take the stories with a pinch of salt, you will still be left with an insightful tour of the history and personalities that made Denver the city it is today. For example, you will hear about the good work of the gentle, lovelorn ghost of Madge Smiley Reynolds has often been seen pacing the stairs of a modest house on millionaires row, a notable social advocate for the poor and unjustly treated in Denver, she was also friendly with not one but two of the local newspaper owners, having a romantic relationship with Frederick Bonfils, the owner of the Denver Post. They would often ride together on horseback through the wild parts of Denver. The thought of her ghost waiting still to hear the clip-clop of her lovers’ horse approaching down the street is enough to melt the heart of the staunchest non-believer.
No one from Denver Terrors is going to try and change your mind about the echos of extraordinary lives through time. All we seek to do is layout the dramatic and authentic stories from the history books and the confirmed accounts of what people have seen and felt in the places where those outsize personalities lived their famous lives. The rest is up to you. We will say we have had guests and guides experience creepy sensations that they can’t quite explain many times before.
You are sure to enjoy the well-told stories of ghostly hauntings and terrifying happenings up in the cold mountain air of Denver. Even here in these peaceful surroundings, bad things do happen, and ghosts abound if you choose to be receptive to their pleas.
In Denver and Not Sure of What to Do?
Denver is a great destination, it has world-class museums, a zoo, and botanical gardens, the famous Coors Brewery, and Red Rocks Amphitheatre. With the mountains casting their shadows on the city’s doorsteps, there are hundreds of outdoor pursuits available. But you can’t do most of those things at night. After a day of fun, if you want to keep the good times going, perhaps after a dinner at one of Denver’s great restaurants, a wander around town is one thing you might consider. Why not take the simple extra step of joining the Denver Terrors tour and absorbing some local history, and some spooky tales at places that hold horrid stories and0 ghostly hauntings.
The entertaining and knowledgeable guides of Denver Terrors love relating the history and hauntings of their hometown. Stories like the checkered history of the Newhouse hotel, built after the Silver Crash of 1893 by a German immigrant, who christened it the Hesse Hotel. The place became notorious for bad behavior and ended up changing its name after World War II to revitalize its image and avoid anti-German sentiment. However, it soon fell into disrepair and became a half-way house, the tales of death and depravity would fill a large book, it’s cleaned up its act now but the bad energy lingers on in the many tales of hauntings at the hotel today.
You’re on a tight schedule in Denver
In Denver for the weekend and looking for one of the best attractions in the Mile-high City? Your days may be filled with one of the many things to do here, but what about the nights? If you want to get the most out of your time here in the Queen City of the High Plains, a Denver Terrors ghost tour is at the ideal time of day to be entertaining, learn about the back story of this fascinating city, and still get a good night sleep as well!
Tours last just over an hour and take in some classic sights of Downtown Denver, the Capitol, millionaires row, and Colfax Avenue’s vibrant bustle. Did you know Colfax Avenue is named after Schuler Colfax, local politician and one time Vice President of the United States? He was a founder member of the Republican Party and author of the Thirteenth Amendment (abolishing slavery). He resigned in disgrace for taking cash and stock from the Union Pacific Railroad while they were seeking support to build the transcontinental railroad that brought prosperity and growth to Denver.
Hear more about this and many other tales from the city, its residents, and their ghosts on the Denver Terrors tour.
Get an insiders look at the Denver culture
Ghosts from the past are unique to the places they haunt; each disembodied spirit is a victim of their time’s unique circumstances and their particular life on this earth. Denver is no different. Each entertaining tale of haunting and human misadventure we relate along the gentle walk of Denver Terrors gives you insight into the history, character, and events of Denver’s fascinating past.
Locals take decades just to skim the stories we will tell you on the easy route of just over one mile. All our deeply researched stories spring straight from the history books. They take on a new life every time they are told, gaining new meaning as the past lessons teach us all about mistakes that others have paid a heavy price for making.
Like the tale of the tragic robbery that claimed the lives of four honest men on the Father’s Day Massacre, at the ‘Cash Register’ Building, also known as the Wells Fargo Centre. Their ghosts haunt the vault and the spooky basement to this day. Or the tale of the Donald Fletcher House, owned by a minister turned real estate baron who fled the town leaving the locals to pay his debts. The town pulled through and changed the building’s name and eventually sold it to the Knights of Colombia. The charity’s staff often see the ghost of one of Donald Fletcher’s servants toiling still, waiting for their masters’ return.
Be a tourist in your own backyard
Being a Tourist in your home city is a welcome break that is good value. Stay at the haunted Newhouse Hotel and have dinner somewhere on vibrant Colfax Avenue, then stroll around the corner to the starting point of the Denver Terrors tour and learn something new about the Queen City of Colorado. Staycations have been around for a while, and you will often find locals on the Denver Terrors tour. They often add interesting details to stops on the tour.
Or maybe you might stay at the Grosvenor Arms apartments, which are as splendid on the inside as they are on the outside, but watch out, they are haunted in several ways. A heavy breathing ghost in the attic storage areas, research determined it is the ghost of a flapper dancer who died at a legendary party here in the 20s, the ghost playfully turns off water and outlets. Or the ghostly couple destined to be forever apart, he waits anxiously in the lobby, visible only out of the corner of your eye in the Lobby Mirror, while she stalks the 8th-floor laundry room, eternally preparing to meet her beau. Find out the stories behind these ghosts you never knew existed on your own doorstep.