Not much goes on in the desert, so you’re bound to hear a few creepy things when people have a chance to sit down and listen. Arizona ghost stories are a time-honored tradition dating back decades. Mostly centered around hotels and other Arizona haunted places, ghosts and urban legends are littered all over the state. However, most of them aren’t very malicious in nature. Most seem to be lost souls, waiting for some kind of closure.
But there aren’t just ghosts in American Southwest. There are plenty of Arizona legends and horrible creatures. Monster sightings aren’t uncommon in parts of the state, and the fact that Nevada’s Area 51 isn’t too far off means there have been a few notable UFO sightings over the years. So, if you’re curious about some of the weirdest stuff to ever come out of the Copper State, check out the list below and vote up the entries that creep you out the most!
Luana's Canyon Echoes with the Voices of the Dead
During the 1800s gold rush, everyone wanted a piece of the action. A family that headed west built a cabin in the canyon and the father would go out into the mountains to search for gold. He’d come back every few months to provide food for his family, but one month he didn’t come back. His family started starving to death, which drove the mother insane. Instead of watching them die, she put on her wedding dress and chopped her children up. After she realized what she did, she began wailing and begging forgiveness. The mother’s screams can still be heard at night in the canyon.
A Murder Lead to a Famous Hotel Being Haunted
Since its opening in 1900, the Hotel Weatherford has had a very famous list of guests, including William Randolph Hearst, Wyatt Earp, and President Theodore Roosevelt. But its most infamous guest may be the ghosts of a murdered couple from the 1930s. There have been reports of guests waking up to find a bride and groom sitting on their bed. People have also seen a female figure moving around the hotel ballroom. Distant voices are also regularly heard.
The Hotel Vendome Suffers from a Multispecies Haunting
Located in Prescott, AZ, the Hotel Vendome was once the site of heartbreak and death. Abby Byr, her husband, and her cat moved to Arizona to combat her tuberculosis. Every so often, Abby’s husband would go out and get medication for her. But one time he never came back, and a heartbroken Abby starved herself (and, by extension, her cat) to death in Room 16. By the 1940s, many guests started reporting that they saw Abby in her room, still waiting for her husband. Apparently, she’s quite friendly, despite all the sadness.
A Suicide Victim Still Haunts a Dorm
During Christmas Break of 1953, a student at North Arizona University named Kathy was depressed and so poor she couldn’t afford a trip home. She ended up hanging herself and was discovered by the cleaning lady. Her spirit is reportedly still around and causing all sorts of disturbances. Lights go on and off, strange smells pop up, and people have even seen her from time to time. Her favorite pranks are pulling blankets off people who live on her old floor. There have also been reports of her locking girls in the bathroom despite the fact the bathroom doesn’t actually have a lock.