UFO Investigation, Hartsel, Colorado

UFO Investigation Team conducting logistical planning. Pictured from left to right, Rick Nelson (Paranormal Research Forum), Chuck Zukowski (MUFON* Colorado), Sarah Daniels, Alejandro Rojas (MUFON International). * Mutual UFO Network

Four paranormal investigators from Colorado’s Front Range were following up on report of unusual objects seen in the sky near Hartsel, Colorado given to Rick Nelson of the Paranormal Research Forum in Denver (left). Susie Jones (below), owner of the South Park Mercantile in Hartsel, CO was contacted to determine the validity of multiple UFO sightings from this small, remote community 20 minutes south of Fairplay or about 2 hours west of Denver.
After determining there have been numerous UFO reports from this isolated spot spanning about 20 years an Investigative Group comprised of seasoned paranormal researchers and investigators from various organizations scheduled a Saturday afternoon in May, 2007 to conduct video interviews of a few witnesses Susie Jones lined up to meet at the South Park Mercantile in Hartsel, Colorado.  The store is as rich in character as the stories and experiences in the area.

South Park Mercantile, Hartsel, ColoradoDuring the course of interviewing several scheduled eyewitnesses many store customers, dropping in to make purchases, discovered what the video taping was about and were excited to share what they have been watching in the local skies for years. It became apparent there were more than enough credible witnesses confirming there was unexplainable activity in the crystal clear skies southeast of the Hartsel area to indicate something of a high strangeness nature was taking place on a near weekly basis. The activity is so frequent it has become part of the local social landscape and appears to be accepted as “normal” for the area.

Store owner Susie Jones discusses details of her observations of multiple sightings of unexplainable lights in the night sky

These reports are typically seen in an area about 60 miles E/S/E (east southeast) of the town both day and night darting back and forth across the sky at exceptionally fast speeds. The local activity has been such an accepted phenomena residents in the area have named the craft “Little Buddy”. The South Park Mercantile has even started carrying T-Shirts, hats and other articles with “Little Buddy”. Also on the lighter (non-serious) side it’s no surprise the animated characters in the Television Cartoon Series “South Park” are constantly referencing UFOs and Extraterrestrial Beings. The creators of the cartoon series grew up in the South Park area and have incorporated a part of their childhood culture.

As twilight set in the investigative team set up their tripods, video cameras and other documentary equipment focusing their attention in the direction of most reported activity.

After several hours monitoring the night skies in the surreal desolation of the remote area seeing only satellites and shooting stars the equipment was packed up for a quiet and thoughtful early morning drive east to the Denver/ Colorado Springs areas. Although no UFOs were sighted or videotaped that evening we all were reflecting on the large number of spontaneous witnesses, during the quiet drive home.  It was  obvious there is something fascinating taking place in the area that is worthy of further investigation and understanding.

The South Park high plains is a beautiful open expanse high in the Rocky Mountains.  This flat expanse is filled with billions of dramatically colored wildflowers in the summer with beautiful cloud formations and rich colors in the early morning and late afternoon.Souith Park, Colorado

If you’re in the area stop by the South Park Mercantile and say hello to Suzie Jones and hear about the most recent high strangeness for yourself.  You might even want to relax and visit with friends in your camp chairs while watching the busy southeastern skies.

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