Autumn cheer brings about many delights. After a long, hot summer, many people are thankful for temperatures cooling down. Trees start changing their leaves from greens to yellows, reds, and golds. Anticipation arises as beloved holidays approach with the waning of the days. Many people look forward to Thanksgiving feasts and beyond — but first, there is the spirit of Halloween to look forward to! And it just so happens that Durango is a town with a ghostly reputation!
It should be no surprise that apparitions make their homes in a place like Durango. With a long history surrounding its mystique, plenty of legacy spirits love the “after-life style” available in this mountain city! The best time to encounter these wayward souls is in the autumn, when the nights grow longer and the echoes of the past come alive once more! Durango caters to those adventurous explorers of the arcane with a pair of wonderful tours that take you through the mythos of the city’s known phantoms and specters!
Are you ready to do some ghost hunting in an old mining town? Then prepare for a mystical journey in this haunted corner of Colorado!
Forget about those pub crawls you’ve taken for craft beer sampling — you’ll be encountering a different breed of spirits on this type of crawl! This seasonal event happens on only three full moon nights, all leading up to Halloween, so don’t blink, or it’ll disappear as quickly as a poltergeist! Guided by a local paranormal expert, you will explore the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum and the surrounding areas in search of wayward souls peeking out through the moonlight!
Expect to walk through some of the area’s purportedly haunted locations for about a mile. Spine-tingling spookiness completes the atmosphere as you explore the railyard past the roundhouse, the warehouse, the box cars, and the museum itself. Be sure to wear good walking shoes and keep your eyes and ears peeled for any appearances! The guide will also educate the tour group on the rich local history that is the backdrop for this otherworldly setting, complete with tales explaining who the ghosts may have been in life.
While this particular tour is available all year round, doing it in the fall may be the most ghoulish season to partake of it! Ghost Walk Durango offers up a 90-minute excursion through the Historic Downtown section of the city. A local historian will guide you through the landmarks that bear the resonance of calamities past! As a true Wild West town, Durango had its fair share of trouble and turmoil that often led to sudden and untimely demises. With over 140 years of drama, it’s no wonder there are spirits still haunting this restless hamlet! As already mentioned, this tour can be seen throughout the year, and children under 10 can attend for free!