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The Haunting of Riverdale Road And The Gates Of Hell
Brighton, Colorado

Posted by Hauntings Admin on 07/04/2009



Riverdale Road and the Gates of Hell | Brighton, Colorado
Riverdale Road and the Gates of Hell | Brighton, Colorado

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About Riverdale Road and the Gates of Hell


Riverdale Road runs from Highway 7 in Brighton to northeast Denver around the Thornton area. It runs along the Adams County Regional Park.


This is a meandering curvy stretch of roads that run parallel to the South Platte River. They are poorly maintained.

According to Shadowlands, this road passes along a stretch of fertile farmland where large Sugar Beet farms employed poor migrant workers who were mistreated. Riverdale Road also, according to this report, was once a trail used by Cherokee Indians.

A car accident on Yosemite, just off Riverdale recently claimed the life of one woman.

The Gates of Hell is located at the northernmost end of Riverdale Road where it gets "distinctly more hilly". The hills apparently surround the building that has become known to local teens as "The Gates of Hell". Local lore claims that in the 1980's a religious cult of some sort used the building to do some odd rituals, one of which involved the murder of a child. "The Gates of Hell" is apparently hard to find (ironic, huh?). We have not sent out our team to try our luck at it yet, but any extra information on the exact location would be helpful. Including street signs, using cardinal directions (like north, south, east, and west) in your description, etc. would make it possible for our people to find this actual location.

We have not confirmed these stories as historically accurate.

People have reported coyotes in this region.


Reports of disembodied voices and faint disembodied screams. There have also been reports of a Lady in White who stands by the road and approaches the car but then disappears.

Reports of various apparitions along Riverdale Road including sightings of "phantom dogs" (note that coyotes are said to frequent this area as well).

The "Platte Valley Witch" is a legendary figure in this area apparently as well.


StrangeUSA (n.d.). Riverdale Road. Retrieved March 5, 2009 from

Shadowlord (1998). Shadowlands Haunted Places Index. Retrieved March 2, 2009 from


Woman's Voice EVP - Riverdale Road in Thornton, CO


Adrianna=] Posted: 03/07/2011
i HAve been in the riverdale road and while going through it my friends and i saw blood dripping from all of the signs and also on a mail box there is a little hand covered in blood we havent been all the way in riverdale road bt are planning to later..well thats what we saw..thanx..
coloradogirl1996 Posted: 06/10/2011
i'm going to this tomorrow. My sister went the other night though. she told me she saw a tree that was charred and it had like the imprint of a witch, she said she stopped on the dirt road and turned off her car, and heard a heartbeat. her friend got out to see if she could find where it was coming from but it never got louder or quieter (sounded like it was following her) then they went on this feild and saw a scarecrow but when they were looking at it a head snapped up. they left immediatly after seeing it and didnt get a second glance.
madfrog Posted: 06/10/2011
Could you give me directions to riverdale rd...? Please! I never been there and i cant find any one to help out with how to get there!! Thanks
Withered Perception Posted: 01/26/2014

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