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National park tips: See the spooky Stanley Hotel that inspired Stephen King's 'The Shining'

National park tips: See the spooky Stanley Hotel that inspired Stephen King's 'The Shining'

Whether you’re a hotel geek, an aficionado of  horror or just another Colorado traveler, you might need to make a small detour in Estes Park, outside the east end of Rocky Mountain National Park.

What for? The Stanley Hotel, which opened in 1909. By the 1970s, it had faded so dramatically that it inspired Stephen King’s setting for “The Shining.” (The Stanley Kubrick movie was shot elsewhere.)

Rates typically start around $230 nightly, but you need not sleep here. Just prowl the public rooms and let your...

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