Southern Colorado’s haunted hangouts offer frights, but history as well – Pueblo Chieftain


The wind is wailing past the mountainous red rocks of Pikes Peak, and as a motorcycle slows and stops near mile marker 13, a bedraggled woman draws attention to herself.

It’s 1973, and construction work on Pikes Peak is taking place near the summit.

One worker stopped near Glen Cove to smoke a cigarette when a wet and nude woman appeared.

According to legends, the worker threw his leather jacket around her shoulders and gave her a ride to the nearest toll booth. 

He described her grip as “clammy,” and her breath against his skin as “freezing, icy cold.” The woman didn’t stick around once they stopped at the toll booth, throwing off his jacket and running back up the hill, according to records of his account.

The next morning, the worker took a receipt he discovered in the pocket of that jacket to the Glen Cove gift shop, dated Sept. 21, 1932. It was only then that he learned the woman who rode on the back of his bike was actually a ghost.

Wynona “Mona” Roberts and her husband were on their honeymoon when their car crashed off the edge of Pikes Peak Highway in 1932, plunging 150 feet down the mountain. The newly wedded woman didn’t die at the scene, but three weeks later she succumbed to her wounds in a bathtub located in the couple’s honeymoon cottage in Manitou Springs.

Or, perhaps she was killed with a hammer by her new husband, something he allegedly admitted to (alongside the murders of his five previous wives), and was subsequently executed.

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Her ghost is known as “Desperation Mona” and is always found at mile marker 13 on the mountain — a ghost that has begun to act up again, according to reports from current construction workers on the mountain.