HOOPER, Colo. -- As part of the new series "Colorado’s Unexplained Stories," we’re taking a trip four hours south of Denver to the San Luis Valley. The area is nicknamed "The UFO Hot Spot of America."
Apparently, there are more UFO sightings there than anywhere else in America.
Locals refer to Highway 17, which cuts through the valley, as "The Cosmic Highway."
If you take the highway into Hooper, you’ll eventually pass by an oddly shaped dome-like structure known as "The UFO Watch Tower." It was created by Judy Messoline 15 years ago.
“What I find is we get people here because they need a place to talk about it and especially ones that have had experiences. Especially abductees,” Messoline said.
Ask anyone who lives in the Hooper area if they’ve ever seen anything weird in the sky and chances are each one of them will tell you "Yes."
Their experiences inspired Messoline to create the tower. It features plenty of things, including a log book where people can write their run-ins with the unknown.
“I had an air traffic controller from DIA come in who said they get six to eight UFO reports from pilots every month. Now figure that one out,” Messoline said with a chuckle.