For four days in Glenwood Springs, the ghosts come out early for the Glenwood Springs Historical Society’s annual Ghost Walk. More than average, everyday chain-rattling phantoms, Glenwood’s ghosts have something to say!
No ordinary Halloween cemetery stroll, the Ghost Walk in Glenwood Springs draws a spooky assemblage of apparitions. It’s the one time of year when the town’s long-dead pioneers return from the grave to tell true tales—many of them stranger than fiction—to all brave enough to listen.
Ghost Walk Spooky Specifics
The Ghost Walk is a Glenwood Springs Historical Society signature event, and one of the best of its kind in Colorado. Seasoned actors and history aficionados expertly slip into character to portray individuals who lived and died here and are buried in Linwood Cemetery, the final resting place of Glenwood’s pioneer residents.
This year’s annual Ghost Walk takes place over two weekends on Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 22, 23, 29 and 30. Each evening there will be four 90-minute tours, the first beginning at 6:30 p.m. Families with younger children are encouraged to sign up for this earliest tour. Due to the spooky nature and length of the tours, bringing children younger than five is not recommended, though kids three and under are free. Tours have a maximum of 25 people; the cost is $25 per person. Tickets will be available online beginning Oct. 1, at glenwoodhistory.com. A popular Glenwood Springs fall event, the Ghost Walk sells out every year, so purchase tickets early. Though not required at this time, wearing face coverings is appreciated.
Blurring the Lines Between the Living and the Dead
The evening begins with a lantern-lit walk on the Doc Holliday Trail to Linwood Cemetery. Just as in the past, the trail is unpaved and rocky. Imagine horse-drawn carriages bearing coffins of the dead up this steep incline, followed by mourners dressed in black picking their way up over the rocky terrain. Though guides costumed in pioneer garb lead the way to the old cemetery, Ghost Walk participants should plan to wear sturdy shoes, bring a flashlight of their own or purchase a battery-operated lantern, and bundle up in layers against chills both natural and supernatural.
After entering the hallowed grounds, stick close to your guide for safe passage to the graves of ghosts who have chosen to make an after-dark appearance at this year’s Ghost Walk. You may hear from notable Wild West characters such as dentist-turned-gambler Doc Holliday or train robber Kid Curry, but you’ll also meet other specters with stories of heroism and heartbreak in the early days of Glenwood Springs.
The roster of ghostly characters changes every year. In addition to the famous and infamous, this year will shine a spotlight on the women of Glenwood Springs. Tours will visit the graves of Amelia Williams, Ella Sellar and Elmira Keir to name just a few. Keep in mind, Glenwood’s ghosts are shy when it comes to being photographed. The flash of a camera is enough to chase them away. After the tour, reconvene at the base of the trail to swap stories, enjoy homemade treats and sip hot apple cider.
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