The Stanley Hotel often gets recognized as being the most haunted hotel in Colorado, but there are several other accommodations in the state that have plenty of paranormal activity present on their respective properties too.

The historic Hand Hotel in Fairplay, Colorado is one of those places.

Kelsey Nistel, TSM
Kelsey Nistel, TSM

Hotel History

In 1859, the discovery of gold in South Park brought many miners to the nearby town of Fairplay. Subsequently, these prospectors began setting up camps and establishing actual towns. Unfortunately, during the 1920s, an intense fire ravaged Fairplay, destroying much of what was in its path. This included the building at 531 Front Street where the Hand Hotel now stands.

K99 logo
Get our free mobile app

In 1931, Jake and Jessie Hand built a brand new structure at the Front Street site. The Hands opened the establishment as a hostelry. Jessie furnished the entire interior, including each of the 11 guest rooms, with Western and Native American memorabilia from the South Park area. Business was booming at the Hand Hotel throughout the 1930s. A steady clientele from the east kept the hotel booked months ahead. During their stays, guests were offered fishing and hunting excursions, as well as day trips into the mountains.

The rustic hotel stayed in the Hand family for many years.

Despite the hotel's success, the building became rundown and was eventually abandoned by the Hands. With the structure at risk of being condemned, a woman named Pat Pocius and two partners purchased the property in 1987 and began major renovations. She ran the new hotel for the next decade.

Related: Stay the Night at this Historic and Haunted Nederland, CO Hotel

After that, the hotel changed hands a few more times. The downside to that was that each time it was sold and remodeled, much of the building's historic character was taken away.

However, the current owners completely stripped the building back to the original walls and have taken the iconic hotel back in time to the period of 1890 to 1910. It continues to operate as a quaint bed and breakfast, overlooking the scenic Rocky Mountains and South Platte River.

Google Maps
Google Maps

Haunted Hotel

Besides just being a charming B&B, the Hand Hotel is also a popular destination for paranormalists. At least five different ghosts allegedly haunt the halls of this historic Colorado hotel. Employees and guests have reported incredibly eerie experiences inside the building but fortunately, all of the lingering souls seem to be in good spirits.

For example, housekeeping staff often find messed-up beds after they’ve prepared and locked rooms. Child-size imprints have also been observed on freshly made beds.


Apparations of mysterious children and adults who manifest via shadows have been seen in the guestrooms as well as roaming the second-floor hallway. Faces have also been said to randomly appear in one of the guestroom mirrors and unexplained figures were observed peering out of the windows - freaky, for sure!

The ghosts of two little girls who died during a smallpox epidemic are also believed to haunt the hotel. Occasionally seen near the staircase, the girls also make their presence known in the kitchen.

Another resident ghost is an older man named Ben, who was once the hotel's caretaker. Guests have encountered his spirit in the hallway. One person saw Ben pushing a cart and even recalls having a conversation with the friendly staff member (that didn't actually exist).

Still not convinced the hotel is haunted?

There have been reports of feet tramping on the second-floor ceiling and guests have often inquired how to get to the party on the third floor. There is no third floor.

The wife of a previous hotel manager twice smelled the scent of rosewater perfume in the Grandma Hand Room. The wife later learned that was the exact scent Grandma Hand used to wear.

LOOK: The Haunted Legends of Colorado's Brook Forest Inn

It's not just the spirits of humans that are inside the Hand Hotel. A ghost dog also roams the premises, but especially loves the downstairs bathroom, and Rooms Two and Eleven. Several guests have seen the dog, and some people have even asked the front desk about the cute canine - yet no one could find a dog in the facilities afterward.

Google Maps
Google Maps

Due to the frequency of these haunted happenings, the Hand Hotel has been the subject of many paranormal investigations. Yet, that doesn't stop travelers from continuing to rent out rooms here.

Would you be brave enough to book a stay?

The Story of a Haunted Colorado Hotel and its ‘Elevator of Death’

Colorado’s historic Victor Hotel is said to be extremely haunted and one of the reasons has to do with a tragic elevator accident.

Gallery Credit: Nate Wilde

Avoid 17 Of The Most Haunted Places in Denver, Colorado At All Costs

If ghosts are what you're looking for this fall, look no further than Colorado's mile-high city. We're checking out seventeen places in Denver where multiple people have reported ghost sightings and have experienced paranormal activity.

Gallery Credit: Wesley Adams

LOOK: 25 reportedly haunted places across America

Stacker has assembled 25 haunted places across America—from hotels and theaters to murder scenes and cemeteries—based on reported ghost sightings and haunted histories.

Gallery Credit: Stacker

More From K99