Stanley Hotel Maze Contest in Estes Park

You're invited to submit your design for a hedge maze in front of the The Stanley Hotel which was the inspiration for "The Shining."

The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado
Grant Ordelheide

A few miles from Rocky Mountain National Park, the 100-year-old Stanley Hotel is famous for many reasons. It was built by the inventor of the Stanley Steamer car so that his wife could entertain her society friends from Denver. Not only does it have the reputation of being haunted, it was the inspiration for Stephen King’s novel “The Shining.”

At the hotel, you can stay in a haunted room (with a year’s advance reservation) or go on a haunted tour. The hotel will soon have another attraction. They will be building a hedge maze on the front lawn similar to the one in the movie where Jack Nicolas’ character met his demise.

Stanley Hotel Maze Contest

Maze Garden Hedge
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Do you like puzzles and gardening? You’re invited to submit your design for the maze.

Rules require you to create a 61,500-square-foot labyrinth using 1,600 to 2,000 Aspen Currant bushes to conjure its many twists and turns. The new hedge maze will be dedicated at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 30, 2015, at the third annual Stanley Film Festival.

Deadline for submissions is Jan. 31, 2015.

What do you win? The winning designer’s name will be on a placard in the center of the maze.

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