Geographical Index > United States > Colorado > El Paso County > Report # 3506|
Submitted by witness on Thursday, December 13, 2001.
Trucker has nighttime roadside sighting south of Colorado Springs near Ft. Carson
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COUNTY: El Paso County
LOCATION DETAILS: about 5 miles south of Colorado Springs on highway 115 at the botttom of the hill on a part of the road that the locals call Red Hill.It was on the east side of the road at the end of a highway guardrail.
NEAREST TOWN: Colorado Springs
NEAREST ROAD: Highway 115
OBSERVED: I was driving down the highway in a tractor-trailer rig about 3:30a.m.I was driving about 65 mph.I went around a corner and on the left side of the road I saw something that at first I thought was a deer.This thing than stood upright and seemed to be more than 7 feet tall.I was able to look at it for just a moment as I was driving by.It had wide shoulders and an ape-like face.It's eyes were yellow like a cat's eyes when you shine a light on them.It just kind of looked at me when I went by.I wasn't able to see anything else.
OTHER WITNESSES: just myself
OTHER STORIES: none that I've heard of
TIME AND CONDITIONS: 3:30 am.The skies were cloudy.It was a dark stretch of road with no lights.
ENVIRONMENT: It is a mountainous area with pine trees and juniper bushes.There is a residential area on the west side of the road and Fort Carson Military Reservation on the east side.
A & G References: T16s R67w, section 11, SW4, NE4, 6th Prime Meridian
Follow-up investigation report:
The report submitted by this fellow was quite thorough so my conversation with him yielded little additional information. However, I was impressed by his story.
The witness was driving his regular route, headed southbound on Hwy 115. It was pre-dawn and overcast, so the night was dark. The sighting occurred on the left (east) side of road lasting the short time the animal was lit by his headlights. While approaching the animal "it was kind of bent over, and as I got closer it kind of stood up." He then noted that it was not a deer or bear as he had begun to assume. It had "eyes in front not like a bear" and "was big with shoulders." He couldn’t tell the color of its fur.
He would’ve looked for tracks later but it snowed that day. He didn’t expect to find any.
The witness, like other Colorado Springs locals, knows the hill as “Red Hill” though it is not designated as such on the USGS quadrangle. Red Hill is approximately 6 miles south of the Fort Carson main gate. Hwy 115 follows the western boundary of Ft. Carson Military Reservation. This is also about 5 miles from NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) located inside Cheyenne Mountain.