I have wanted to stay at the infamously haunted St. James Hotel in Cimarron, NM for a long time and finally took this beautiful autumn weekend to do so. And with 26 deaths as part of its history, it did not let me down!
When you step inside the original part of the hotel (there is a new annex next door for those who like more modern rooms) it’s like you are stepping back into the 1800s. It is very cool. The only thing I didn’t love as the vegan I am, was all the dead animals on the walls everywhere. That was hard to deal with. But, it is also “authentic” for the era. Before I even went inside the hotel, I could feel STRONG spirit energy outside it. I kept feeling like I was being watched from the windows. I fully expected a ghost face to appear!
Soon after checking in on Saturday, while standing in the 2nd floor hallway talking to 3 people who were sitting in the notoriously haunted poker room (where T.J. Wright got shot) about ghosts, I felt this clear as day tap on the top of my head and then I was filled with intense tingling throughout my body. The older woman of the 3 people had stayed at the hotel 6-7 times and each time had something happen…from harmless things to concerning things. The concerning thing was that she blacked out and found herself at the scary staircase about to fall down the stairs when she woke up just in time. I had commented that from the moment I climbed the stairs, I had this overwhelming fear of falling or being thrown down the stairs and made sure to hold onto the handrail. They said they felt that also.
Another weird thing that I experienced, which they had also noticed, is that when you’re walking along the halls upstairs, you have a really hard time keeping your balance. You feel yourself leaning and feel somewhat cockamamie. Granted, the hotel is OLD so there is some floors that are warped a bit, but it was more dramatic of a feeling than that.
Here are tons of photos that I took of the hotel…some taken immediately upon my arrival in the afternoon on Saturday, and some taken Saturday night while I hoped to capture something on camera. I took a few shots of this dining room mirror because another guest had caught a very clear cowboy ghost face in it recently. I didn’t get anything there when I tried though. What I did get on camera occurred in the poker room!
I didn’t notice anything at first when I snapped this nighttime shot of the poker room, but when I reviewed it via my Canon camera’s screen and zoomed in on the window, I saw a man in the left side of the window really clearly…from the top of head to about mid torso…and then noticed a possible dark glasses wearing male face on the right side of the window. Here’s the full image first.
Here is a cropped close up of the window.
The annoying thing is that here on the Web the images don’t show up as well. On my camera they were easily visible. Here I’ve outlined their faces. The one on the left where more of him can be seen seems to be bundled up in a coat with possible scarf, like he’s cold.
If you stand back a bit it’s easier to make out the 2 ghosts.
I stayed in room #22 and around 1:30 a.m. I heard slow moving footsteps in the hallway as the floorboards creaked noticeably. Then I heard 2 distinct and somewhat calm knocks on a door. As I laid in my bed getting scared, I was saying to myself, “Please let that be someone coming back to their room late. Please let a room door get opened by their traveling partner to let them inside. Please let this not be a ghost.” LOL! When I didn’t hear any room door open and close (because the doors are old, they do not open or close quietly) I got really scared! Granted, I trance channel ETs and fairies, but as intrigued as I am by ghosts, they scare me. 😉 So, I started praying with my heart racing, “Please don’t knock on my door. Please don’t knock on my door!” Luckily, my door did not get knocked on. I mean, what should I have done? Answered it and said hello? LOL
The next morning I asked the only other people staying in a room on my wing if they had come in around 1:30 a.m. and they said nope, that they’d been in their room since much earlier…sound asleep. They didn’t hear the footsteps or knocks. I ran into the 3 people from earlier (poker room people) and the older woman said she heard creaking footsteps in her hallway during the night with 2 gentle but distinct knocks like I heard. She said she heard lots of what sounded like cowboy boot wearing footsteps all night long, actually.
I then met this other really nice couple who got fabulous EVPs on tape! I don’t know why it didn’t even dawn on me to try to get EVPs! What an amateur ghost hunter I am! (I quickly tried later in the poker room but the maid service person was making too much noise. That being said, an odd thing did happen where while I sat there with my eyes closed, both eyes rapidly went side to side and I couldn’t stop them.) They said they would send them to the hotel to put in its website, so I hope they do. They got their spirit voices on tape while in the poker room. The husband brought a toy gun into the room and put it on the table trying to trigger the spirits. It worked. One voice is heard asking, “What caliber?” Another one warned them with something like, “You shouldn’t do that.” I didn’t get to actually hear the recordings, so I’m anxious to hear! The wife said that one time when they were staying in Mary’s room (lots happens in that room) she was putting on her make-up when a ghost lifted up her hair dramatically. She was so freaked out, she ran out of the room with only half of her face done. HA HA!
I was talking to this one hotel employee who told me his co-worker was redoing one of the rooms (they are renovating the hotel) when the plastic tarp he’d put down suddenly moved away from him. He just thought his foot had caused it to move and went back to painting the baseboards. But then the plastic started moving again and when he turned around, he witnessed the plastic UPRIGHT in the air like someone was holding it and pulling it away from him! He’s so nervous now, whenever he has to do work in any room, he says something out loud first like, “Okay, Annie (Oakley), I need to work on your room. Please leave me alone.” Hehehe…
T.J. Wright’s room #18 is SO strongly haunted they won’t even rent the room out and keep it locked…intact from what it was like over a hundred years ago. People leave T.J. shots of whiskey on top of the door, and an employee said that anyone who dared to take the whiskey would be super stupid. They let the whiskey gradually disappear/evaporate. Here is T.J.’s door. See the 2 shot glasses on top?
I will definitely go back to the St. James. It is super cool. Next time I’ll try to catch some EVPs on tape though!
ST. JAMES HOTEL VIDEO
ST. JAMES HOTEL FOUNTAIN VIDEO
If you are bored and have time to look at some other photos, here are shots of Cimarron and also of the Taos area while driving to Cimarron…along with some Instagram videos of the pretty drive. I came upon lots of deer.
TAOS, EAGLE NEST LAKE, CIMARRON, & CHURCH NEAR SANTA FE
DEER VIDEO – You “shouldn’t” need to have an Instagram account to view.
CIMARRON CANYON DRIVING VIDEO 1
CIMARRON CANYON DRIVING VIDEO 2
I do have to say that when I got near the Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, the energy was really creepy weird. I didn’t like it at all even though it was a pretty area. It felt covert like the Los Alamos area feels like to me. I mentioned that to someone else, and she totally agreed and had noticed it too. For one thing, there are big wire fences for miles and miles with threatening “Do Not Trespass” signs. And, there was this suspicious window-less building that had this huge door on one end. There were some other suspicious looking buildings too. It reminded me of some secret government area…but I also suspect the Boy Scouts of something. I know the people who run the place got in trouble a few years ago after some boys accused them of abuse.
Ghost hunting-ly yours,