Arizona is actually a terrifying place all on its own. From giant, poisonous lizards to insects with deadly tails and mini-crab pinchers, the desert seems like it is out to take all of us as prisoners, but not before turning up the heater.
But it doesn't stop there, Arizona has deserted ghost towns, haunted hotels, creepy abandoned schools, and notoriously spooky where the wild, wild west was once alive and kicking. Some of these deserted ghost towns are so haunted, they top the charts of America's most haunted spots.
If you are brave enough, you'll want to these haunted spots in Arizona that are must-see destinations on your next road trip.
Where: Jerome, Arizona
Welcome to the most haunted town in Arizona. Jerome is not only notoriously the most haunted town in the southwest, but it is also the largest ghost town in the United States! This spooky city hosts ghost hunts, abandoned buildings, and even a restaurant called the Haunted Hamburger where items like hammers mysteriously go missing.
At one time, Jerome was known as the Wickedest Town in the West, Jerome went from a population if 15,000 to 450 after plagues hit the mining city. If it wasn't the flu that killed you back in the day, you likely would kick the bucket from a mining explosion. Talk about a bad place to live...
Yuma Territorial Prison
Where: 220 Prison Hill Rd, Yuma, AZ 85364
Could there be anything worse than being a prisoner in one of the hottest places on the planet? We think probably not. 111 inmates lived here and they were the worst of the worst. Thieves, murderers, serial killers, and generally insane inmates would be led from their living quarters to the haunted Dark Cell where a crypt kept the prisoners in complete darkness and isolation. It's no wonder why this is one of the most haunted sites in all of Arizona.
To make things even creepier, recently a reporter tried her best to stay in The Dark Cell as long as possible. She lasted just under 30 hours and cited that she truly believed she wasn't alone inside.
The Rosson House
Where: 113 N 6th St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Doors that lock themselves, phantom heat coming from an unlit fireplace, ghosts right around the corner are just a few testimonials from visitors to the Rosson House in Downtown Phoenix. It is believed that this house is haunted due to an unsolved murder mystery where a former caretaker was killed in cold blood outside the mansion in the 1980's. Tour at your own risk.
Jerome Grand Hotel
Where: PO Box H, 200 Hill St, Jerome, AZ 86331
Fancy a stay at one of the most haunted hotels in the country? Nestled in the hills of the haunted city of Jerome, the Grand Hotel was once a hospital housing nearly every citizen in the once mining town who were either treated and died as a result of mining accidents, or later, the Spanish Flu. Truly, this redesigned hotel still has hints of haunted within its halls.
Appiration sitings, steam coming from under doorways, noises in the night, cold spots, and lots of paranormal activity have plagued these halls for brave souls who stay overnight here.
Copper Queen Hotel
Where: 11 Howell Ave, Bisbee, AZ 85603
Armed with the reputation of one of the most haunted places in Arizona, The Copper Queen hotel gained its horror worthy reputation after multiple guests described a man with a long beard, cape, and top hat lurking through the halls. When this ghoulish figure isn't hanging out in doorways, guests claim to smell his cigar smoke.
The second ghost is a little boy who isn't seen but his giggles can be heard through the halls. It is said he is a former hotel guest whose parents frequently stayed at the Copper Queen Hotel
Davis-Monthan Air Force Base
Who knew an airplane graveyard could be so spooky? Over 4,500 airplanes live here in the graveyard all carrying war stories, battle wounds, and the ghosts of the past. Visitors and employees claim to experience patrol lights failing on site and a ghoulish pilot walking through high-security fences.
Hotel Monte Vista
Where: 100 N San Francisco St, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Over a dozen documented cases of hauntings, a mysterious guest known as The Meat Man, and murdered 1940's prostitutes all lurk around The Hotel Monte Vista in Flagstaff, Arizona. The Hotel Monte Vista has been featured on over a dozen ghost hunting programs in the last ten years and continues to stand as a landmark destination for those who like to get scared out of their minds.
Many visitors who stay the night, specifically in room 306, complain about sleepless nights, a touch of cold hands, and even some who claim they were unable to breathe feeling as if someone was pressing down on their throat. Sleep at your own risk!
Birdcage Theater, Tombstone
Where: 535 E Allen St, Tombstone, AZ 85638
Tombstone is the epitome of the wild, wild west, and what a history it has! Gunslinging, bank robbing, and murdering went down in this now ghost town, but that doesn't stop the ghosts from haunting tourists.
The Birdcage Theater is one of the most famous stops on ghost tours of Tombstone. Formerly a drunken, gambling spot for locals, it is now haunted with unexplained ethereal music, strange whispers, and apparitions.
Where: Chloride, Arizona
Question: What lives within the walls of the oldest uninhabited mining town of Arizona? Answer: Not people. This haunted city in Arizona is deserted, abandoned, and downright creepy. With old shops with boarded up windows to abandoned cars riddled with bullet holes, you never know what you'll run into when visiting this old, abandoned town.
Vulture Mine Wickenburg
Where: 36610 355th Ave, Wickenburg, AZ 85390
Abandoned ghost towns seem to have an air of paranormal to them, especially when the abandoned ghost town is in the middle of the uninhabited desert. This is true for Arizona Vulture mine where areas are claimed to be haunted, the most haunted being the mess hall. Some claim to smell food, others hear dishes being washed, and cold spots have been recorded near the notorious hanging tree where criminals were laid to their death for crimes against the townspeople.
Crook Tunnel, Benson
Where: Cochise County, Arizona
The ghost of Henry A. Marks is said to haunt the grim and haunted Crook Tunnel in Cochise County, Arizona. In 1912, the body of Henry Marks was found battered, broken, and nearly severed. It was believed after a night at a Bisbee Saloon he walked home drunk and was run over by a moving train.
Today the tunnel remains haunted. Apparitions have been recorded, low, unexplained voices and unusual activity frequents this spooky spot leaving us to wonder, was it really an accident?
The Palace Saloon
Where: 120 S. Montezuma Street, Prescott, AZ 86303
The Palace Saloon is more than just a historic bar, it is one of the most haunted drinking dens in Arizona. Built in 1877, The Palace Saloon was once a popular watering hole for cowboys, movie stars, businessmen, locals, and criminals.
High stakes poker often left men mysteriously dead, and one of the biggest disgruntled saloon go-ers was Nevins, the ghost that haunts the saloon today. It is said that after he lost all his money, the Sheriff put his business up for sale and lost everything. Legend has it, every chance he gets to play a hand, he does... even today.
Morton Hall at Northern Arizona University
Where: 224 McMullen Circle, Flagstaff, AZ 86011
The first year of college might seem scary, but what is even scarier is living in a haunted dorm. The ever-present ghost known as Kathy haunts the dorms of Morton Hall, stripping beds of blankets, causing technological failures, flickering lights, and being an overall menace to new students. The legend behind the haunting is that after her boyfriend was killed in combat, this sullen student hanged herself in the hall.
Arizona State Prison Complex
Where: 224 McMullen Circle, Flagstaff, AZ 86011
A prison? Haunted? Never! Really though, the Florence Prison is super haunted thanks to over 100 inmates that have died from lethal injection, hanging, or gas chamber. Inmates and guards have reported a strange mist that looks like a human, and overwhelming screams from the building that houses the death chamber.
Casey Moore's Oyster House
Where: 850 South Ash Avenue, Tempe
Above the bustling bar at Casey Moore's once lived a woman who was strangled to death by her devious boyfriend in a jealous rage. Now that the former boarding house has been turned into a bar, neighbors on the 9th and Ash district still talk about moments where even after the bar is long closed, lights turn on, objects are tossed, and creaks from the floorboards can be heard from above.
Thornton Road Domes
Where: Off Interstate 8 south of Casa Grande
Is it a UFO or simply an abandoned building? Many who have visited the Thornton domes have had an extraterrestrial-like experience at this abandoned site. From car doors slamming unexpectantly, rocks being mysteriously thrown, and spirit sightings, the domes might not have come from space, but there is definitely some haunted mystery around here.
The Orpheum Theatre
Where: 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, Arizona 85004
Theatre and a ghost? The Orpheum Theatre is a popular spot for tourist and locals to catch some of the best and most exciting shows of the season. It is said that a ghost haunts the seats and amphitheater touching shoulders, and bringing cold breezes through the room, even on the warmest nights.
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