Cleora Cemetery Tour

ONLY AVAILABLE IN SEPTEMBER

A real boot hill cemetery, Cleora Cemetery is on the National Register of Historic Places. For the first ten years of existence, Salida didn't have a cemetery. Instead, residents interred the deceased at this beautiful, location. Their stories are as fascinating as the details of their graves.

  • Learn about the disappearance of Marshal Stingley's gravesite

  • Hear the grisly tale of a serial killer, Dr. John Nonamaker

  • The Lake County War started nearby and lead to the first burial 

      

  • Find out what a boot hill cemetery is

  • Visit over 40 historic graves

  • Hear captivating stories of many pioneers resting here

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A GENUINE VICTORIAN ERA GRAVEYARD

This engaging tour is only offered once each year. And space is limited to minimize the impact on this historic area. You can also tour on your schedule with an audio tour.

  • See rare wooden markers and sandstone monuments

  • Note the unusual number of historic graves extant 

  • Listen as voices of the past whisper to your guide

  • View 19th-century symbology used to commemorate loved ones 

  • Take in 21 grave enclosures over 140 years old with intact tombstones & fascinating stories

SEPTEMBER ONLY

WARNING

PG-13 tour, covering murders, ghosts, and adult topics.  The tour goes over rough, unstable ground. The area is full of loose rock, moderately steep hills, and cacti. There is no wheelchair access and this tour is not suitable for children under the age of 10 or those who have difficulty walking or maintaining balance.

11:00 AM

~$30

90 minutes

Sunday

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

KRISTINE THORPE

My daughter and I did the Ghost & Murder Tour. We had a ton of fun. 

NICK LUNA

We did the Ghost & Murder Tour and our guide was extremely knowledgeable and well-spoken. He kept us laughing the entire time and had a lot of cool information on the local history of the town!

EIMY GARCIA

The tour guide was fun, outgoing, funny and knowledgeable. What made it more interesting was that he made sure he could answer all of your questions and had more information to add. He made sure everyone was enjoying the tour and of course we did !