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Old Gold Camp Road Tunnels

The haunted reputation of these abandoned Colorado train tunnels is probably not helped by the terrifying spiked fence. 

The two remaining (three if you count the collapsed tunnel) Gold Camp Road Tunnels set into the hills of Colorado Springs’ Bear Creek Park are said to be severely haunted, and while this is just superstition, the threatening claws of the fence guarding one of the tunnels aren’t doing anything to discourage the stories.

Many of the locals in the Colorado Springs area are familiar with the legends surrounding the arched Gold Camp rail tunnels. Originally there were nine of the passageways dug into the hills, but as railroad travel in the area dwindled the tunnels were closed until there were only three, which were left open for automobile traffic. According to the most prevalent folktale, one of the remaining tunnels collapsed while a school bus full of waifs was driving through it killing the driver and the entire complement of kids. leaving their unquiet little spirits to linger around the tunnels. People have reported everything from tiny hand prints in the dust on their cars to being scratched and groped by unseen spirits.

In reality, one of the three tunnels did collapse, and today the other two are just parts of dirt roads surrounded by park land. The collapsed tunnel has been blocked off with a black steel fence adorned with ominous “Keep Out” signs that look like they are just begging someone to fabricate an outlandish horror story about the site. Anyone brave enough can still cross through the remaining tunnels, and listen for the ghostly giggles of the (probably not) dead.

Know Before You Go

Follow Gold Camp Road all the way down until it becomes a dirt road, continue on until the tunnels appear.

**Be careful - people are known to stop and turn their lights off in the tunnels in order to experience the paranormal. This road is also narrow and can only fit one car width in the tunnel at any given time - cars will be driving from either direction. It's best to flash your lights before you drive through on either side.  

It is also common to hike up to the third tunnel at night to see the tunnels at night and see how spooked you can get.