The Stanley Hotel is no exception, the tours are very lucrative. I've been on two of the tours which sell for $10-15 per person, both tours have at least 20 people, last an hour and other than paying for a tour guide and some advertising there is little overhead. Steven King supposedly got the idea for the book "The Shinning" when staying at the hotel one winter. The guide even points outside to a flat area and states "that used to be a pet cemetery, Steven King could have seen that out of his window so maybe he got the idea for his book 'Pet Cemetery'?" That's really reaching but times are tough.
Rocky Mountain Paranormal have conducted many investigations at the hotel and you can read all about their official report on their website. Apparently the TAPS team has also investigated the hotel, so I decided to write all about the accounts on The Stanley Hotel's Wikipedia page.
Rocky Mountain Paranormal Research Society conducted a investigation into the various claims made about the property, they found nothing paranormal but many natural reasons for the claims, a raccoon climbed in a upper window during the night, loose window panes as well as many amateur "ghost-hunters" prowling around the property looking in windows during the wee hours of the morning. Page 23 of RMPRS's investigation into the Stanley Hotel shows the lightweight unstable table that the Ghost Hunters claim "jumped two feet in the air" during their investigation.
After hearing claims that paranormal activity at the hotel are due to the geological makeup of the property, Rocky Mountain Paranormal contacted the U.S.D.A. for information on the site. The scientists conclusion based on a satellite survey of Colorado showed "nothing unusual about the aeromagnetic data in the area of Estes Park as compared to that general area of the Rockies" After this request for geological information the Government sent soil scientists to do a thorough soil survey on the property. The results showed the soil is mainly "crumbled schist" nothing radioactive, no large deposits of quartz, limestone or magnetite.
In Skeptical Inquirer's “Naked Skeptic” column by Karen Stollznow she discusses RMPRS's investigation of The Stanley Hotel, “During the investigation, The Rocky Mountain Paranormal Research Society researched popular beliefs and claims; they solved some mysteries, they performed valuable outreach, and they maintained the historical integrity of the Stanley Hotel. However, they didn’t discover any anomalous phenomena. They found a leak in the ceiling but no ghosts. But this is no reason to give up the ghost (investigations). “
Pretty interesting place. I thought the history of the hotel was much more interesting than the lame ghost stories. Two of the pictures on the page are mine that I took on my last visit. (the snow ones)
Note: Apparently there was some discussion in 2008 and 2009 about not having a "Haunted Section" on the page at all. When I made my edits in Feb 2011 the Haunted section was there.
From the "discussion page"...
why can't we add the things sceen on Ghost Hunters when they visited the Stanley both times? Tu-49 18:29, 15 October 2007 (UTC)
- You can. 184.108.40.206 (talk) 19:12, 22 May 2008 (UTC)
- You could, but why? It's completely irrelevant information that doesn't relate to the purpose of this article except mar it with stupid ghost stories that links to those other sites can handle just fine. Saying it was on Ghost Hunters is fine in it self, we don't need room-by-room details. The show could have faked all that to begin with and you guys wanna state it as fact. None of that belongs here. Cyberia23 (talk) 16:36, 25 October 2008 (UTC)