Founded in 1903 and known for its architecture, the Stanley Hotel was the inspiration for Stephen King’s The Shining and is often considered to be one of the most haunted hotels in America. A one-hundred-and-forty-room neo-Georgian hotel extending over seven thousand square feet, the Stanley is located near Rocky Mountain National Park and features panoramic mountain views. It also offers free entertainment in the summer in addition to year-round activities such as hiking, climbing, fishing, golfing, sightseeing, wildlife watching, and shopping. Other amenities include a spa, a whiskey bar, and various dining options.
King developed the concept for the novel The Shining while he and his wife were staying at the Stanley. Additionally, the hotel was the film site for the 1997 miniseries based on the book, and it has also been used as a location site for other films.