We are not alone: Congressional hearings revive Colorado interest in UFOs

Monte Whaley
The Colorado Sun
A person visits the UFO Watchtower, a place for extraterrestrial seekers and tourists alike, July 27, 2023, along Colorado 17 north of Hooper. The San Luis Valley attraction claims to have recorded numerous UFO sightings over the years.
Hugh Carey/The Colorado Sun

After more than 20 years of seeing weird lights and objects make absurd twists and turns in the night sky above her 10-foot-high watchtower in a remote corner of the San Luis Valley, Judy Messoline has only one request.

“I’d like for whoever is up there to land so I can talk to them about what’s going on,” 79-year-old Messoline said. “It’s bizarre stuff and it just keeps coming. I’ve even seen a cigar-shaped ship hovering overhead — as did 10 other people one night.”

In all, 297 sightings of flashy gizmos dancing through the skies above the watchtower near the Great Sand Dunes National Park have been recorded by Messoline. She has witnessed 30 of them. She has also dutifully recorded some and shared the videos with Air Force officers, who regularly monitor the UFO Watchtower website, Messoline said.

“They just kind of shrugged and said what they saw did not surprise them,” she said.

Messoline sold her cattle herd over 23 years ago so she could build the watchtower north of Hooper to feed her obsession with UFOs and aliens. “I always was a huge fan of the ‘X-Files’ TV show. Besides, the watchtower pays a lot better than cattle. Cattle can’t eat dirt,” Messoline said. 

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