Haunted Arizona Land

When I moved from the east to the west, one of the things I learned over time is that, although many buildings are haunted in the east, the land in the west is very haunted. You feel it especially standing in places like South Mountain Park and Sedona, but even on a recent excursion with Julie to the Congress Pioneer Cemetery in the middle of the high desert, you could feel it in the hills all around, as if eyes were studying you everywhere you go.

There are some awesome ghostly legends involving the land in Arizona. Here's just a few of them:

La Llorona: The most famous haunting in the west is a repeated story of La Llorona, the “weeping woman.” This legend varies depending on where you are in the west, but the premise is the same; a woman drowned her children because her new lover didn't want them. When she killed them, he was repulsed by what she did and she realized she had killed her children for nothing. Now, she is a crying/screaming banshee figure in the washes and basins in the desert. Both the Gila and San Pedro rivers claim her existence. Pretty much most of the washes and rivers of the desert, the Hispanic community whispers of her existence nearby.

Grand Canyon National Park: A worker was putting up railings in the 1930s and fell into the canyon. He is said to be seen at sundown as a black misty figure near the railings and scraping and digging sounds are heard, as well.

Casa Grande Mountain: Here people report that if you are walking near the mountain, a black mist will follow you.

Anthem: In this area just outside of town, people reportedly see and hear Native American warring parties on horseback. Even a man with a lantern is seen.

Cochise State Park:
A man is said to play the flute on the boulders overlooking campsites.

Kingman: In the canyons a woman supposedly killed some children and is still wandering around the canyon and wailing.

East Mesa Campgrounds:
A place here was the site of satanic worshippers where people were supposedly murdered. Folks report demonic laughter, dark figures and strange noises.

Picacho: A ghostly man is seen riding a horse from peak to peak.

"The Red Ghost" The army corp of engineers at one time long ago used camels in the AZ desert. A smart idea, actually for the 1800s. When the program ended, they released the camels. Some say that a ghostly one called the Red Camel is still wandering the desert with a ghostly rider atop it.

Casa Grande National Monument: Native Americans performing ceremonies have been seen, as well as black mists. This is the site of many astronomical observations and ceremonial rituals by an ancient tribe.

Chinle: A woman's glowing apparition is seen hovering over the rock outcroppings.

Speaking Rock: Hopi legend of an old woman here who tells the giant spider rock who in her tribe is misbehaving.

London Bridge/Lake Havasu:
This was reassembled from London to the AZ desert at Lake Havasu. Since then, a woman's ghost and a British Bobby's ghost are seen walking it.

Nearly every mine has had cave-ins and killings and nearly every site of battles during the time of settlers versus Native Americans are reportedly haunted. As well, ancient tribes that came and went extinct left behind sacred rock sites that are filled with amazing energy. Many legends come from our insightful Native American citizens. They have explanations for rock formations and how man might have come from the belly of the Grand Canyon originally as if it were the birthing place for the world. Their beliefs are for a reason and based on observations made while living here in this harsh land. Sometimes, you can hear ancient tribes chanting in the wind.

The very rock here seems to sing to you when you are in the desert. It is a weird thing to stand where you can see 180-degrees of sky and can see mountains 40 or 60 miles away, hear unrelenting winds with nothing to stop them from gathering spirit energy and carrying sounds to your ear that might have originated miles away.

Could it be the geology and the spirituality mixing together to create a kind of magical combination for eternal hauntings? One never knows what is at work here and why the lands seem to be so haunted, but from UFOs in our daytime sky to black mists in the desert at night, it's always an unsettling and curious place.


  1. Heh, I saw the black mist at Casa Grande before I even knew the legend. After someone told me the story, I was freaked out...

  2. I've been wanting to go check that one out. I down there to see the domes, but didn't stay after dark. Glad to hear you saw it and glad to hear it freaked you out because I am certain if I saw that, my hair wound stand on end.

  3. Something about Ghostly Sightings and the Old West have an attraction to me. Perhaps a certain writer/ghost hunter could create a book on "Tales of the Undead West". (nudge, nudge, wink, wink)

  4. HN;
    I am working on Deadwood Mesa about the undead cowboy in the ghost town with vampires in the mines. I hope to get that one done by this summer if I can manage to squeak a few more hours out of each day.

  5. For some reason I find open air hauntings scarier that haunted buildings. I guess I would feel less protected. In a house you can run out of it.

  6. Autumn, I saw you were a follower on my blog but I had been remiss in checking you out...so here I am!

    Very intriguing subject matter and I have to weigh in on AZ haunting. I don't know if there are any tales about Tombstone, but on a trip there several years ago when touring through one of the hotels, I had this feeling that there was something walking the halls with the tourists. Only one other person (who I did not know) got the same feeling. If you have heard of something in that town let me know. I am now a follower!

  7. Hey Chuck;
    Yes! Tombstone is a fantastically haunted town. It's interesting because when I did my haunted survey of 50 haunted places around America to make up a haunted formula for common features, I found that the west was not horribly haunted, except in the areas where it is geologically rich, the mining towns! There are streaks of copper all through Tombstone, a highly conductive metal and an ideal conduit for activity, even in buildings made of wood instead of stone. Of course, the Bird Cage Theater is best known for its ghosts, but really anywhere in that entire town, given its history and geology, it's an amazingly active site. I know what you feel too. I had an intense feeling of being watched and followed there, even on side streets and back roads. It keeps you in a very vigilant state of mind which also makes your senses keener for picking up activity. It's a win/win town! Bisbee, Jerome, Globe and other mining towns experience much the same thing.

  8. I just love all the Arizona legends. That is why I write about them and take trips with you to see them for myself. This state has so many spirits roaming the deserts and forests. We would have a population explosion if they all stood up at once, lol.

  9. Hey Sis;
    We need to check out that Casa Grande black mist some time.

  10. Yeah, and the UFO Cafe burger in Gila Bend is calling me...

  11. I agree. It was pretty sweet. The place was filled to the brim with military guy eye candy and the best burgers in the world and then there's the UFO gift shop beckoning for a cool giveaway on the blog. I think we need to do a night at the UFO motel and check out Casa Grande mountain in the evening too. ROAD TRIP!

  12. Thanks for listing what's going on in all of these places. I stayed at the Copper Queen in bisbee one weekend and never did sleep very well...just got that odd feeling. Have you ever seen this?


  13. Oh yes, I've posted on it before. It's an intriguing story and a huge AZ urban legend. The Copper Queen is not a good place for a night's rest, I must admit. I heard children outside my door all night and every time I checked, even when I was still hearing them, not a soul in sight.

  14. Stumbled onto ur blog very interesting reading thanks for everything u post. We are DARPA and could not help but comment on the CG Domes. We have been there and captured a EVP warning us to..."GO BAAACK!!" I was tagging along with the group before I was a team member and only had a MP3 player that had record. I got home and rested up played back my audio and heard this voice. There is something there I will testify that. Let us know when ur in town maybe we can arrange something. Please feel free to stop in at our facebook page...http://www.facebook.com/#!/DARPAparanormal
    Keep up the good work!
    Always, Julie


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