Welcome to “The Bermuda Triangle of the West.”
The San Luis Valley boasts more UFO sightings than anywhere else in the country, and the area’s UFO Watchtower records sightings nearing the hundreds. As a result, it receives anywhere from 2,000- 5,000 visitors each year.
To get to the UFO Watchtower from I-285, watch for Hwy 112 near Center. Turn left heading east for about 16 miles. At Hwy 17, make another left hand turn going north for 3 miles. Turn right into the parking lot, but don’t go over 10 mph! They are serious…
Thanks to owner, Judy Messoline, you’ll find camping spots, picnic tables, outdoor restrooms, a gift shop, and who knows what else might appear! Since 2000, Judy has been capitalizing on the land that she owns, but that gets used by UFO Spotters, Extraterrestrial Enthusiasts and UFOlogists. She has also built a ‘watchtower’ that features a rock garden and healing garden, buffered by two “energy vortexes.” Here visitors can leave offerings, which include everything from children’s toys and garden tools, to shoes and Bibles. You’ll find the gardens guarded by statues of aliens.
Perhaps the most impressive sight of all, however, is the beautiful desert landscape. The San Luis Valley contains the largest aquifer in the country as well as the largest basin. This valley is beautiful by day, and even more impressive at night. The night skies are dark purple and filled with bright twinkling stars. They’ll take your breath away, UFOs or not.
There is much to be learned at the gift shop, if you want UFO information. There’s always someone there to answer questions, give sighting reports or details of extraterrestrial activity. You may also purchase one of Messoline’s books, or take home a souvenir alien hat.
“We are not responsible for abduction,” they will tell you upon visiting, so beware…
While you are at the gift shop, can pick up discount tickets to the Colorado Gators Reptile Park. If you’re going straight there, it’s only 6 miles straight south on Hwy 17.
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