Castle Hot Springs Resort will rise from its ashes this February, 42 years after a fire destroyed it

Pictured: The new Spring Bungalows at the Castle Hot Springs Resort. / Photos courtesy of Castle Hot Springs / Foothills Focus


By Tara Alatorre | The Foothills Focus

He stands over a grave 50 miles northwest of Phoenix in Morristown, Ariz., the names Erwin and Ena McGuire, engraved in the headstone. Yet another ghost story he’s uncovered connected to the enchanted, legendary Castle Hot Springs Resort, but before leaving the small desert town he gets a chilling email.

Steven Sampson, who is a part of a dedicated team of local hospitality experts painstakingly restoring the historic Castle Hot Springs Resort back to its original glory, has just taken a picture of the dusty headstone when the McGuire’s granddaughter – who he has never met, contacted and didn’t even know existed – sends him a message of gratitude about the revival of the iconic resort.

“A chill ran down my spine,” Sampson said about the haunting moment, while adding that he immediately emailed the woman a picture of her grandparents’ headstone in a moment of disbelief. “So, I contact her, and I tell her what just happened. Dead silence, dead silence on the other end.”


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