Vision Quest Lodge

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This was once a dude ranch – now its a place for troubled teens. Staffers claim there is an apparition of a woman in a white gown that haunts certain dormitories. Bloodstains appear and disappear mysteriously on certain bathroom walls. A girl’s cries are often heard at night.

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2491 W Jefferson Rd
Elfrida, AZ 85610
United States

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31.6853574, -109.59485030000002
Cochise County, Arizona
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  1. I was there as a 17 year old teenager when one night me and Timmy a apache Indian made a witch’s board with our blood on the deck inside the teepee we stayed in and talked with a spirit using a Styrofoam cup over our letters & #rs we made out of blood.God who sees all things knows im not making this up.

  2. I stayed there when it was a dude ranch in the 70’s, and I don’t believe any of it that there are ghosts there, even if the owners were murdered. I have to tell you the owners were the nicest people. The ranch should never have gone down hill like it has. They kept it so beautiful. I have such great memories from my stay there.

  3. All I know is what I shared with Rich and Fontana. This is the same stuff from when I was there back at camp 1999. Someone ran right pass me by the school heard the run get distant as who ever it was kept running but I did not see them I just stood there holding a rake.

  4. I stayed here as a young child from the ages of 13 – 15. I have taken photos of the young girl. I used to go out on walks here at night and have seen many things. The young girls screams seemed to be heard more often in the month of June.

      • I was in vision quest in elfrida from 94-2000. And sure I seen all the ghost that you talk about. There was a old fat white man maybe 80yrs old and 290lbs. He was night watch. And I was at seven stones camp and I remember walking to the bathroom at 3am when I seen a white ghost horse with a rider at full speed. But it was a glow. And you can see it was a ghost. He told me it was normal. Kids would call him crazy but at night I spent talking to him always. And then I became a regular at watching paranormal stuff. At the barn I seen a little girl about 4yrs of age kicking something around at the barn at also 3sm. During Christmas 98 while I was in impact camp across from barn.

  5. Becky Tranchita  |  

    I went there several times in the 70’s we went over the summers for a month. My parents became friends with Mildred and Chuck the owner. What a fun place. We were taught all kids of Rodeo tricks by Clayton White. Best wrangled you could ask for. I went to see it 3 years ago after vision quest resided there. The rooms are in such shambles. The beautiful stables were still in good shape though. It’s been for sale. What I wouldn’t do to buy it and bring it back. I always though that when I grew up I would work there. I’m sorry Mildred and Chuck died before I got the chance

  6. I was in VQ 1988 89 it was your last chance before being sent to CYA.I was 15..They sent me there from California.left when I was 17..Yes there were lots of rumors of the place being haunted.A lil girl and boy use to be seen running thru the camps.All us kids slept in Tee Pees.The staff there use to beat up the kids if you got in trouble .Tried running away beat me up and took my shoe laces away..aMade me sleep in the middle of camp..They call it COA center of attention..

  7. Was here in 2008-2009. The little girls ghost that cries comes from the barn. She is the daughter of the old horse caretakers. She was kicked in the head by a horse and died in the barn. She likes to play with the lights at night. Would see her all the time walking back from kitchen duty at night.

    • Theresa Marasco  |  

      The little girl was Norman Person’s granddaughter. I was working for VQ at the time and had just walked away from the barn headed back to the camp when the baby was kicked “in the chest.” Her parent’s, Norman Persons son and his wife tried to rush her to the hospital but it was too far away. She was a toddler just barely two years-old. We were told the kick in the chest exploded her heart. Norman Persons made all the wagons for VQ.

    • I was in vision quest there at 1999 and 2000. I was 15 when I entered in 16 when I left I experienced a lot of different paranormal experiences. One night they had me cleaning the showers after night and after everyone went to bed we had to stay up and clean the showers I went to go get the cleaning supplies when I had came back every shower head was turned on. This happened almost every other night to everyone that was there.the Head Lodge Master at the time she said they would have people come in and paint the walls but after so much time you can see the blood stains come back on the walls and that was in the main house on the top of the hill. In the barn area there was an apparition of a small girl and the story was that she had died when she was kicked in the head or somewhere on the body by a horse. You can hear screams at night if you’re there sometimes you could hear it.we had camels on the premises because we also had camel rides as well as horses there we dealt with both of them we fed them one time we had a camel calf was born and then a week later we had to take that Camel calf out because it was just going crazy because something was back there with that time late at night we had a movie night at the school and then we were walking down through a trail that led to our barracks it went through the basketball court and all we could hear is drums and Indians passed right through us like a it was like a war thing going like a war beat of the drum.we had a drill instructor and a lot of the drill instructors stayed in these cabins that were right by the barn area and one of them ended up going crazy and killing himself this guy was a normal sane guy and then ended out bad and he and he killed himself because he went crazy from what I understand he did not kill himself on the premises but from what I understand there’s there was a lot to play with it about where he was staying in one of those rooms. Something bad lives there. This was my first paranormal experience as a teenager. Ever since then I have been obsessed with the paranormal.. one day I will go back and investigate this place. I think the land might be cursed from the native Americans it’s sat underneath a set of mountains where Geronimo used to live and hide and do what he needed to do you know fighting everyone that he fought.there’s just so much history and blood stained on that land that I’m not surprised at anything happens in that area

  8. VQ came to York pa 1979 to recruit staff. I ended up at Lodge In Elfridia . Never experienced ghost! What I did experience is something I will never ever forget…….my job was staff…. Never will I forget the people who were in charge….. so sad… anyone there at this time I would like to hear from you


  9. I worked there in ‘97 and lived in the lodge. Most staff were professional and caring except for the ones in charge. They were abusive to the kids and staff alike.

  10. I was in VQ in 97-98 never experienced nothing paranormal! But the staff was kool! Ritch and both mikes! And Linda Suzanne Julia and Dahlia! Met the love of my life there! Chris Spivey!

  11. I worked there in 2003/2004. Never seen anything but will say this.
    The radio in my room on property would turn on without me doing anything to it. My wife had some stuff happen too.
    The barn, 110 in the middle of summer was still really cool, almost cold inside. Hard to explain.
    Some of the kids that worked early mornings would claim to see the little girl everyone talks about.
    The main house i only went in a couple times. Both times were creepy but again never seen anything.
    Cool place id like to visit again and see whats left of it. So many stories, memories, laughs. Thankfully none were of seeing the ghosts everyone mentions lol.

  12. Melissa Clayton  |  

    I am an empath, worked here a number of months & never saw a thing like what’s described. The owners were truly awful people tho. I was charged as their child’s nanny for a short period. I was abused by the child, literally being struck everyday. The owners knew I have CPSD from physical abuse. I asked them for help from a medical professional. They told me to go home & pack my stuff. I took that as a sign from my spirits it was time to go. Good. Later.

    • Melissa Clayton  |  

      I talked to mention I was paid $0/hr to drive 2 hours each way to get there. $10/hr to watch the child. 2020. Min wage was $12.50 I think.

  13. I was there 1994-1997. My name is Jaison Zello. Does anyone remember the riot on Dusty Trails wagon train in Carson City NV? That was a rough place to do time as a kid. I would love to hear from some old friends. Wish we would have kept in touch. I got sent from the East Coast over to AZ. Anyone remember me?

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