Larian Motel

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The Larian Motel is perfect for after-life vacations and spectral boarders as well.



The location of the Larian Motel has been a huge plus for this business, being a perfect place for tourists to stay, because it is so close to historic downtown Tombstone.

With this perfect location, and lovely remodeled 14 motel rooms with added modern amenities, the Larian Motel has been and is a very popular place to stay either as a tourist, or as a resident who works in Tombstone since it opened its doors. The staff of the Laurian take care of both kinds of people.

This motel is nicely maintained and has been updated throughout the years it has been in business.

The Larian Motel has a late 1950s structure, with the rooms all on the first floor, sitting side by side, sharing walls with neighboring rooms. There are wooden posts at a slant along the wooden walk-way that run the length of the hotel rooms.

Besides offering the well appreciated “courteous service and Western hospitality,” each of the rooms are unique with their own western decor and offering replica antique queen and king-size beds. The Larian also offers rooms for family use with two Queen beds and a rollaway bed for an extra 10 dollars. For an extra 20 dollars puppy children are also welcome.

The rooms offer all the other basic amenities, like private bathrooms, fridges, cable, free WiFi, in-room phones, and air-conditioning; just to name a few.



The future of Tombstone as a tourist town was very rosy indeed in 1959. Being not too far away from HWY 80, wanna-be visitors found it very easy to come to Tombstone. People were flocking to see this vintage old western town that had been made very popular due to the many books that were written and films that were made about Tombstone’s famous lawmen, their enemies who were always looking for a dishonest way to make a buck, and of course the famous “Gunfight at the OK Corral.”

The influx of money was put to good use, restoring and reconstructing old, buildings that once stood or still were standing in ruined condition. Visitors needed a place to stay, as did people who worked at the new jobs created in Tombstone.

One answer was the construction of The Larian Motel. From the start of their business, the owners capitalized on the famous Tombstone characters, naming their rooms after these historic figures, which included Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, and bar owner, gambler, and sharp shooter Luke Short, who owned the Oriental Palace Saloon.

The Larian opened for business with four rooms, but were able to add ten more over the years. They stayed competitive by making sure they offered a kind of stay that most people would appreciate and expect, even from a smaller motel.

Because the tourist business is so solid, so is the business of the Larian. Tombstone’s historic business downtown has been restored and renovated, and is the home to many western-themed retail businesses, which means that jobs are available for staff as well as providing income for the owners. Both workers and visitors have long enjoyed staying here, and Tom and I plan to do so on our next road trip through Arizona.



Places that have experienced many deaths over a short time, often have spirits visiting other places in town, out of curiosity, to admire activities and pleasures of the living all that they can no longer do themselves as spirits.

Spirits may wander up from the main downtown area, perhaps looking for someplace to stay as the old Grand Hotel is no more.

Spirits who have attached themselves to the land where they once lived or had a life-changing experience (good or bad), may decide to move into whatever the new structure is built there.

Some auditory activity has been reported which could be residual coming from somewhere on the property, suggesting that someone used to live on this land. It could also be a gentle way of announcing presences. People who die on vacation sometimes check in full time at the place where they last stayed.

A male tourist may have died during his vacation to see Tombstone. Hotels, motels, inns, and resorts develop faithful guests who love to stay at their favorite place to relax and get away, while on a holiday. When these folks pass on, they sometimes like to spend their afterlife there as spirits, or at least visit. A spectral tourist who has strong connections to these original rooms apparently stays for free now.



For a short time, the living have heard old time music being played, coming from somewhere on the property. The first four rooms that were built happen to be the favorite places for spirits to stay, along with the living guests.

Spirit of a Male or Female

Mainly in the Doc Holliday Room. May still admire women, or may be lonesome for female friendship; being a spirit can be lonely for both male and female spirits.

While he or she hasn’t appeared in front of the living it is a strong presence that is felt; not threatening, likes to stare at whoever is staying in this room.

Two twin sisters were spending the night in the Doc Holliday room. Exhausted from tromping all over Tombstone, they crashed in their beds without a problem.

During the night both felt a strong presence in the room with them at 12:30 AM. At breakfast, they discovered that they had the same experience.

This spirit sometimes moves items around the rooms, perhaps to suit himself or herself. Sometimes this spirit sees an item that he or she likes, and sometimes borrows it before putting it back.

This happened to a guest who had left his glasses on his bed stand before going to bed. The glasses had disappeared in the morning.

The staff combed the room but didn’t find them.

After enjoying Tombstone, this guest returned to his room in the evening. He found his glasses; right where he had left them.

Sometimes something that wasn’t in the room or in the Larian Hotel mysteriously will appear.

Spirit of a Male Tourist

A benign, curious soul who enjoys being there.

He likes to stay in the Wyatt Earp Room, maybe likes to visit the other three.

This spirit is described as being a large man with white hair, suggesting that he was in his middle age or senior years. He is wearing tourist attire, a white shirt and shorts; styles pointing to the 1950s-1960s.

He has been seen in The Wyatt Earp Room by a paranormal investigator who also has spiritual gifts.


Most Probably So! A variety of spirits may be visiting or residing in the original four rooms for free.

The only spirit that has been seen is the still unknown, benign tourist, a male spirit who loved this motel while alive, and is apparently spending his afterlife here as well enjoying his favorite room. Staff, owners and guests have all had personal experiences in these four original rooms, starting sometime in the latter half of the 20th century.

The MVD Ghostchasers Group have done some investigations here and think it is haunted though they haven’t shared their hard evidence publicly; just what the medium on their team had experienced.



410 E. Fremont Street – P.O. Box 224
Tombstone, AZ 85638
(520) 457-2272

The Larian Motel is located on Fremont Street, between North 5th and North 4th Street, just northeast by a block or two of the OK Corral.


  • The Ghost Hunter’s Field Guide, by Rich Newman, Llewellyn Publications, 2011.

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