Posted: December 13, 2010 in Creepy Places
Tags: abandoned, bundy, creepy, haunted, killer, murder, murderer, scary, serial, ted, ted bundy
The infamous serial killer Ted Bundy had a residence in Utah, and it’s still accessible (if you have the courage to get out of your car). It is located at approximately 115 Burr’s Lane (Emigration Canyon Road) in Salt Lake City just past the Hogle Zoo (another sweet adventure!) and the large apartment buildings. The green gate marking the small dirt lane to his abandoned and vandalized house will be on your right side driving up the canyon. You can park right by it, but if you want to be a little bit more conspicuous but be close enough to run to your car when you see Ted, drive only a hundred feet past it and park next to a monument on the right side. I didn’t see any “No Trespassing!!” signs located at the gate or in the area. Once you walk around the gate, you can stroll down the little lane, over a creek, until you reach an opening with his small house and cellar (west of the house). While I have attempted this many times with friends, I’ve never been able to reach this point in the dark, so I explored the area in the light of day. His old residence is littered with graffiti and broken items (including a toilet). On the right side of the house is the cellar (where he probably did, and still does, store his victims’ bodies) with a hole busted in the door allowing only the most daring of individuals inside. From here, I will let you explore the unknown. WARNING: You may not get very far with the light-hearted girls. Map to Ted Bundy’s House.
EDIT: The house has been demolished, but the cellar is still located to the right of the house foundation.
Posted: May 8, 2010 in Date Adventures, Perfect Views
Tags: beautiful view, biking, Cottonwood Heights, date, hike, I-215, mountains, trail, wasatch
Well “The Rock” is simply an outcropping just east of I-215 on the east bench of the Salt Lake Valley. From Wasatch Blvd, you take a turn to the east and pull up into the Mt. Olympus Trailhead parking lot, which is just below the small rock outcropping . But just south of the tiny parking lot is the start of the Mt. Olympus trail (if you don’t want to just hike up the rock pile in front). Take this trail a short few hundred feet up to the top of The Rock (the trail continues to your right). After climbing onto The Rock, you get a gorgeous view of the Salt Lake Valley looking west. This is definitely somewhere you can bring some friends, a date, or even a first kiss! Cops have been known to hang out here and enforce a curfew, but as long as you aren’t jerks they are pretty cool. Map to The Rock.
So I’ve heard friends talk about going to the “Coffin House.” Supposedly it is this creepy place where they make grave stones and coffins, and since they know everyone walks through their yard, they’ve sort of set all the gravestones up and make a path of to this little building at the top of a hill. A few friends have been there, but it’s been too long for them to remember where it was. Anyone know what I’m talking about? I’d love to find this place. It sounds pretty cool!
UPDATE: Thanks for Jordan, the address of the Coffin House is 205 East 10200 South. See comment below.
This is a gorgeous, but expensive, attraction on the east bench of the Salt Lake Valley. Somewhere I would recommend taking a date. You don’t have to enjoy plants or flowers, but it is simply somewhere nice to walk, talk, run around, play hide-and-go-seek, and even kiss.
Drive to the top of the Oquirrh Mountains and make a bonfire!
The Oquirrh Mountains are west of the Salt Lake Valley, and home to the famous Bingham Canyon Mine, also known as the Kennecott Copper Mine. These mountains can be camped in, biked in, and even ATVed in. However, one adventure I’ve found is to build a huge bonfire on top of a peak, overlooking the entire Salt Lake Valley.
To get here, drive southwest up Butterfield Canyon Road. From here, continue all the way up the road, after a few miles you will hit a dirt road that will most likely require a high-clearence vehicle. Once you get to the junction on the now Middle Canyon Road, turn north and continue up the dirt road. This sketchy road gets you to the top of a mountain peak, while a large open area (large enough to park many vehicles and have a bonfire). One time while doing this, a police officer came and talked to us, but simply asked if we had any drugs or alcohol and told us to keep it under control. They seem okay with it if it doesn’t get out-of-hand. View a map of the Bingham Canyon Overlook.
This is a great adventure that can be done in the spring, summer, or fall while any size of group. Enjoy!
Get chased around Sugarhouse by little people all night long, and for free!
Allen Park, better known as Hobbitville, is private lane across the street from Westminster College. If is known for it’s small houses, creepy statues, and violent “hobbits”.
One particular night, a few friends of mine decided to check this place out for ourselves. This was a night I will never forget. We were driving past the entrance to Hobbitville waiting for an old, beat-up car with their lights off to leave. On the third time we drove by, it pulled out and followed a few cars behind us. We noticed and with crying girls in the back seat, I (the driver) pulled down a side street to attempt to loose them. This didn’t work however. They began a 30 minute long chase through the Sugarhouse area. We would catch glimpses of them and discovered that they were old guys with long, grey beards. Creepy. At times we would think we lost them, then we would drive to a 4-way stop in a neighborhood and they would be sitting in the middle of the intersection with their lights off. We pretty much crapped our pants. We finally got back on the main road and thought we lost them. All the passengers convinced me that we needed to abandon Hobbitville for tonight and just go home. I pulled a U-turn at an intersection. But right after I had turned around the beat-up car with no headlights drove past us, smiled, and waved. This is when I first started freaking out. After that, no car or stoplight kept me from speeding home as fast as we could. With the rain beating down hard at 1:00 in the morning, the girls couldn’t stop crying until we reached the safety of home.
Hobbitville is located on Allen Park Drive, just across the street of Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. It is a small road surrounded by trees with a gate, which is usually open, a few feet in room the road. It is a private drive and there is security. If you are caught, you will be asked to leave, but very forcefully. Once you enter the village, if does back pretty far. Inside this forested drive, there are homes, old abandoned buildings, and creepy stone monuments with weird sayings all around. View a map of Hobbitville.
Hobbs Hollow is a ‘haunted’ lake in Layton.