**TOP PICK OF
OUR COLORADO TRIP**
Excerpts from Beth:
"On your left!" shrieked Kristy from the passenger
We were just barely starting our morning after successfully
procuring hot beverages, so an outburst from Miss "Don't
Bother Me Before My Tea" was completely unexpected. Too
caffeine deficient to argue with the orders, I pulled into
a driveway that looked like your standard, run-of-the-mill
ranch entrance. Except, that is, for the smiling, swimming-pool-aqua,
plywood cutout of an alien. "UFO Watchtower" proclaimed
the sign. It might as well have said, "Roadchix Enter
This was right up our alley! We were smack dab in the middle
of nowhere, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised that a UFO
watchtower and adjoining campground had been constructed.
It seemed like prime territory for UFO chasers and alien enthusiasts.
We drove approximately 2 miles per hour along the dirt path
in awe of the crazy collection of alien cutouts that served
as street signs, campsite markers, and whimsical decoration.
The road dead-ended at a half-dome shaped building with a
peculiar metal ramp and platform winding from it. The building
was, naturally, a gift shop (a very good sign that we'd found
a roadchix-worthy attraction).
We struck up a conversation with the owner who had moved
to the area to try her hand at cattle-ranching, but had since
sold the cows to become a full-time UFO gazer and had turned
her ranch into a campground to house the alien-watching, paranormal-curious
population. She is passionate about her occupation and more
than willing to tell her story and talk UFO's for a while.
She'll even let you pose on the watchtower (after paying the
$1 entrance fee) with a stuffed alien.
So do they exist? She's seen four. There was even a sighting
a few nights before our arrival (dang!! C'mon AAA, put this
one in your CampBook). We can't give you great directions,
but if you happen upon the watchtower, it's worth camping
for a potential alien sighting!