When most people hear "creepy New Mexico stories," their initial reaction usually includes phrases like "Roswell" and "aliens." But while UFO sightings and potential alien crash sites are definitely a part of the state's freaky history, New Mexico offers numerous creepy legends and myths worthy of entire season of The X-Files.
Stemming from local myths and histories, some of these tales are ghost stories involving individual spirits haunting their former mansions, while others focus on large groups of entities haunting places where they were harmed or murdered. Still other legends deal with unexplained phenomena like the Taos Hum and a possible gateway to Hell - in other words, if you're looking for a spooky good time, New Mexico is the place to be.
Demonic Ghost Appears at Crossroads
This story involves a creepy ghost named La Mala Hora. She has the face of a demon, glowing red eyes, and sharp, pointed teeth. She appears in country crossroads after dark, and she is only seen by those traveling alone.
Some say she is a dangerous demon who enjoys terrorizing humans by paralyzing them or turning them insane. Other legends describe this creepy ghost as an omen of death. If you see her, then someone in your life will die very soon.
Ghost Town Haunted by Dead Miners
Dawson, New Mexico doesn't really exist anymore because the town was abandoned after two deadly disasters. The only thing left of the old mining town is the Dawson Cemetery. The small town thrived in the late 1800s, but tragedy struck in 1913 when an explosion took the lives of nearly 300 miners. Ten years later, another explosion killed 123 men. The company closed down the mine, and Dawson became a ghost town soon after.
Now, visitors see misty apparitions and glowing lights near the cemetery gravestones. Legends say these lights are the headlights of the ghostly miners' helmets.
Creepy Humming Noise Plagues Residents
This one is less of a story and more of a phenomenon.
According to a number of New Mexicans, the town of Taos is home to a creepy, endless humming sound that certain residents and visitors are able to hear. Those who can hear it describe the sound as something similar to a "far-away diesel engine." The sound was so prevalent that a group of citizens petitioned Congress to investigate the noise in 1993.
Even creepier: this humming sound is a worldwide phenomenon. Is it caused by ghosts? Aliens? Giant evil Gods? We may never know.
A Shootout Haunts This Old Restaurant
In Corrales, New Mexico, the Rancho de Corrales is an old Spanish estate once owned by Diego Montoya. Five years after the couple of Luis and Louisa Emberto purchased it, however, a shootout occurred on the property after Luis found out his wife was cheating on him. Luis killed his wife, but was killed in the ensuing gun battle in his home shortly after.
Later, the estate became a restaurant seemingly haunted by the tortured couple. People heard voices and saw a woman dressed in 19th century clothing moving through the property.
Unfortunately, the property was destroyed during a fire in 2012, taking the haunted legend with it.