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The Time I Saw A Ghost At The Stanley Hotel

Happy Halloween!

In the spirit of the holiday, I am going to share with you the time I without a doubt, most likely, probably, took a photo with a ghost.


It was fall 2015, in Estes Park, Colorado. My husband and I had gone on our annual fall foliage drive and stopped at the Stanley Hotel for a drink. In true tourist fashion, we snapped a photo in the head cut-outs featuring the twins from The Shining, an iconic film that was inspired by the allegedly haunted Stanley Hotel.

We then carried on with our self-guided tour taking photos of the hallways and stair cases, hoping to catch something spooky.

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There was even a wedding going on during our visit. Despite the alleged paranormal activity, the Stanley Hotel is a beautiful, historic site that offers stunning panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains.


We were bummed that we didn’t witness anything abnormal. Instead, we were disappointed by how truly normal the hotel was. If you didn’t know about the alleged ghost sightings you would think that it was just like any other hotel.

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As we arrived back into Denver, I went through the photos we had taken on my computer. I was shocked to see what looks like an apparition in the background of our cheesy, tourist photo.

I was thrilled. I was so convinced that I had captured a ghost in my photo that I sent my original shot to Dale at Ghost Research Society.

I noted, “The photo was taken by a stranger on our Nikon D60 DSLR camera which has 18-55mm f 3.5-5.6G Auto Focus-S Nikkor Zoom Lens.”

Here was ghost hunter Dale’s response,

“Pictures taken of highly reflective surfaces such as mirrors, glass,
water or even highly polished paneling can reflect images that aren’t
always in our line of sight and can distort an image especially if a
flash is used. I believe what you see most likely falls into that category.

I do however appreciate you sending this to my attention.”


I was bummed, to say the least.

Still, when ghost hunting comes up in casual conversation (as it often does) I whip out my phone and show this photo to the group. Many have said that they believe it is an apparition. While others agree with Dale and say that it is likely a reflection of something outside of the shot.

What do you think? Did I see a ghost at the Stanley Hotel?

Thanks for reading,


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0 thoughts on “The Time I Saw A Ghost At The Stanley Hotel

  1. Oh you! Heheh…
    well let Mel relate that he was standing all alone by a river in the middle of nowhere in Taiwan during a military exercise. And along the river “floated” a bluish “being”… it floated behind some bushes and disappeared! Btw the site was an old battleground someone said, so…

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