Is Crested Butte Really The Most Haunted Ski Town in the U.S.?

Halloween is behind us, but for Crested Butte home owners, life is a little bit spooky all the time. It may seem scary, but they like it this way, and the historic charm and stories that helped paved the way for Crested Butte are what make it so special. 

Crested Butte wasn’t always the great ski town we know and love today. Miners first settled in the city in about 1880, and during that time, just 400 people called Crested Butte home. For years, locals have spoken about a hitchhiking apparition on the road between Crested Butte and Gunnison, and while it’s unclear who he is, everyone cannot be wrong! 

Inside Crested Butte, there are a variety of reportedly haunted spots, like Slogar’s Bar & Restaurant where people swear they see old saloon girls dancing in large dresses late at night. Elk Mountain Lodge, a boarding house that was constructed in 1919, is also the center of many stories concerning ghosts. 

But perhaps the most famous ghost of all calls Forest Queen Hotel home in Crested Butte. This is one of the original hotels in town, and as the story goes, a woman named Elizabeth fell in love with a gambler during her stay. In an effort to capture his attention, she gave the gambler her life savings, which he quickly gambled into a hefty amount of money. Soon after, he left, leaving Elizabeth heartbroken and poor, so she jumped to her death from the hotel into the freezing Coal Creek below. Elizabeth is said to still haunt the hotel, and guests and staff have said they routinely hear banging pots and pans, slamming doors, and so forth. 

Despite (possibly) being haunted, Crested Butte still remains one of the most charming ski towns in Colorado. Come for a visit and see for yourself!

Thinking about purchasing a Crested Butte home? This charming ski town is full of history and it’s a great place to call home. To learn more about Crested Butte homes that are currently listed for sale, please contact me. I’m a local real estate agent who has helped countless buyers find the Crested Butte home of their dreams!

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