On my way from Albuquerque, NM to Monte Vista, CO to visit with my Aunt a couple of weeks ago, I ran across a place out in the middle of nowhere called the UFO Watchtower, located at “the heart of the San Luis valley” out in Hooper, CO. Constructed by Cattle rancher Judy Messoline, the UFO Watchtower is essentially a metal observation platform above a beige domed gift shop. It’s quite a zany spectacle, surrounded by a garden of sorts with these odd little artistic memorials full of plastic toys, alien figures, shiny baubles, bones and other collected strange items. Apparently, it’s where a couple of ley lines intersect, so people leave an assortment of items behind in order to feel connected with the ‘space energy’ of the place.
Some of the displays are quite nice, and I have to admit that I’d really like to visit the location in summer/spring at some point to actually try to witness some of the UFO phenomenon that people say occurs so frequently in this area.
In any event, although the gift shop was closed on the day I chose to visit, it was still a great deal of fun to walk around and check everything out. (PICS)
Address: 2502 County Rd 61, Hooper, CO
Directions: On the west side of Hwy 17, about 2.5 miles north of Hooper and Hwy 112. Look for the
Admission: $2 person or $5 car.