Elk Mountain Lodge

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The 1919 hotel was originally built for miners, and was used as such until the Big Mine closed in 1952. It changed hands and became the Elk Mountain Lodge. It still has the original coal stove and buttresses, and it’s said to be haunted by the spirits of those who passed away in mining disasters.

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129 Gothic Ave
Crested Butte, CO 81224
United States

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38.87188153946335, -106.98770570756096
Gunnison County, Colorado
Nearest Towns:
Crested Butte, CO (0.2 mi.)
Mount Crested Butte, CO (2.7 mi.)
Marble, CO (17.6 mi.)
Gunnison, CO (22.8 mi.)
Snowmass Village, CO (23.7 mi.)
Aspen, CO (23.9 mi.)
Redstone, CO (25.3 mi.)
Woody Creek, CO (28.1 mi.)
Pitkin, CO (31.2 mi.)
Paonia, CO (32.5 mi.)

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  1. Kathleen Paulsen  |  

    Curious-I stayed here one night with my standard poodle who was sensitive to such energies as ghosts! I, and she, had a charming time here with no hint of paranormal experiences. Perhaps the spirits were elsewhere that evening? Love the history, except the disasters that often accompany the dangerous occupation of mining…..

  2. My husband and I stayed in room #11. We had hiked from Aspen so I didn’t bring a book which is how I always fall asleep. To replace my book, I took down the framed newspaper article about the History of the CB and Elk Mountain Lodge and (unfortunately) read about our room (#11) being haunted by a coal miner. I feel asleep easily (after all we had hiked 12 miles) but I awoke up, feeling very hot even though the AC was on and could not fall asleep for 3+ hours. While was drifting back to sleep I head a thump, as if something had fallen off the desk or bed. My husband recalled the same sound. The next am nothing was out of place or on the ground. I do have an active imagination, but we both recall the same sound and I wonder why I was so affected by the temperature, which is usually not the case.

  3. I didn’t find out that the lodge was supposed to be haunted until after I looked it up after an experience I had there.

    I stayed there three nights in 2021. I had no ghostly experiences until, on the second night, after coming out of the bathroom, I ran into a full body apparition. Scared the bejeezus out of me. It literally made me jump backwards. It was only there for a second or two and then gone.

    Room #18 third floor.

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