Popular among both tourists and locals, the Spitting Caves can be found in Honolulu, Hawaii. It’s located just below a high cliff where waves are known to crash, shooting into the cave and creating something that looks like a reverse blowhole. The relatively public trail is relatively short, but hidden in a wealthy residential area. In addition to the phenomenal views, people love to go there and check out where some scenes from the popular show “Lost” were filmed.
Cliff diving is popular at the Spitting Caves, leading to many injuries and some deaths. The strong waves have been known to rough people up, throwing them into the nearby cliffs. It’s not only those who are jumping in the waters willingly who are at risk. The slippery rocks have been known to send a few people into the waters as well, and not all of them have made it out.
Maroon Bells, Colorado
Maroon Bells consists of two peaks along the Elk Mountains in Colorado. While they may seem ordinary enough, they’re actually made of a fragile substance referred to as mudstone. Tourists who are unaware of this are often taken by surprise when the ground easily crumbles beneath them. As you can imagine, this can be extremely dangerous when hiking on a surface you expect to support your weight.
In addition to crumbling beneath hikers' feet, the mudstone has also led to many injuries after it falls, hitting people on its way down. It wasn’t until 1965 when accidents in the area began to be reported that people were made aware of the dangers of Maroon Bells. That year alone, eight hikers died after losing their footing on the mudstone.
Antelope Canyon, Arizona
Those who visit Antelope Canyon in Arizona are there to capture once in a lifetime views of the stunning canyons in a wide array of colors that can be found nowhere else. What tourists aren’t usually aware of is the number of deaths that have occurred within the canyons. Hikers have been known to slip and fall and get hit by falling rocks, but that’s not what makes this popular attraction so dangerous.
Antelope Canyon has been known to experience flash flooding on occasion, even killing 11 hikers in one day. Since nature is so unpredictable, there’s no telling when flooding can occur, creating a dangerous situation for tourists. For this reason, there are several times of the year when flash flooding is more common and the canyon should be avoided.
Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, West Virginia
The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum was a government-run psychiatric hospital that operated from 1864 until 1994. It was ultimately shut down after conditions were deemed unlivable and their treatment methods were found to be outdated. Visitors can spot electroshock and lobotomy instruments in the hospital rooms, which is likely what led to them opening a cemetery on the grounds.
The building’s unique architecture led to the reopening of the facility as a tourist attraction. Over the years, guests and workers have reported hearing voices, strange sounds, and even seeing apparitions. Ghost hunters and fans of the paranormal come from all over the world just to explore the rooms of the hospital, and it has yet to disappoint!
Mount St. Helens, Washington
Mount St. Helens appeals to rock climbers and hikers of all skill levels due to its scenic views and historic notoriety. As an active volcano, however, it is a significantly dangerous tourist attraction. Open all year round, anyone looking to attempt the five-mile trek to the crater’s rim will require a permit. In addition to some of the practical dangers associated with climbing a mountain, taking on Mount St. Helens adds the risk of being in the area during a volcanic eruption.
It was just in 2008 when the last volcanic activity was reported, which isn’t very long ago. Even worse, in 1980 a magnitude 4.2 earthquake caused the volcano to erupt, killing 57 people. Most of the deaths were caused by asphyxiation after inhaling hot ash from simply being in the area. But if you’re feeling lucky, then it’s known to be beautiful in the spring!