Of Rock Carvings and UFO's in Colorado Springs

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Of Rock Carvings and UFO's in Colorado Springs

As part of my ongoing quest to find interesting places to visit, I recently purchased a fun book called "Weird Colorado", recommended by a friend. I had no idea there was so much 'weird' here!


Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) field investigator, Chuck Zukowski, was investigating reports of UFO activity in a Colorado Springs park, when he learned of another, unrelated oddity within the park. Strange carvings in stone. Two faces, and not very pretty ones, at that :) I had never heard of that particular park, and intrigued, called the same friend that recommended the book, inviting her to join me in looking for the face carvings.

On the morning we were to set off, I checked online to learn more about the park and the faces carved in stone, and discovered there wasn't much there to learn. About the carvings anyway...what I did learn was that the park included 338 acres. Suddenly I realized finding the carvings in a 338 acre park would be much like the proverbial needle in a haystack...

We decided to go anyway. If nothing else, for a good hike.

This is where my story gets weird -

Neither of us had ever been there, and neither of us had the slightest clue about where within the park these carvings might be found. We moved off the beaten path, and followed a trail that was much smaller looking to end up in the canyon below. And incredibly, and this is the truth, we hiked straight to one of the carvings! I put my hand up on it, and said to my friend that 'this ring in the rock is odd... I suppose it could be natural...' We quickly realized we had found the first carving. How in the world that was possible, I'll never understand. We hummed the Twilight Zone theme song for days afterward....

These are photos of the first carving. It is a bit abstract, and has a curious 'question mark' looking symbol on what seems to be a headdress or hat. The nose area has pretty much weathered away, as has one side of the carving on the cheeks. It was the left 'eye' ring I first had my hand on.

Face carvings in stone - Colorado Springs park

 

Face carvings in stone - Colorado Springs park

We spent a whole lot of time looking for the second carving without success, even though the book said they were only a few feet apart, and finally gave up and left. After getting home, I emailed Mr. Zukowski for information on how to find the second carving, and he graciously replied. So, we went back and found it right away.

(Thanks Chuck!  It was hiding in plain sight :)

These are the photos I took of the second carving. It is a big head with a long face, a huge nose, has an open mouth, and a fat tongue sticking out. It looks like one of the eyes is closed, or perhaps 'winking'?

Face carvings in stone - Colorado Springs park

Note the eyeball carved within the eye socket.

Face carvings in stone - Colorado Springs park

There appears to be no scientific research into the carvings. I have no idea how old they might be, or who would have carved them. They certainly don't seem to be Native American. Both show signs of weathering, and the larger one in particular has parts that have worn away. Apparently the carvings are not widely known, for it's a sure bet that if they were, some fool would have vandalized them by now...

I have attached photos to an email and written to two CU anthropology professors asking if they have any knowledge of the carvings. I am eagerly awaiting a reply!

 

 

 

 

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Debi Boucher
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Hi John- Thanks! You and Mary both used the same adjective - LOL - weird they are indeed!

October 29, 2010 09:51 PM #27
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Brigita McKelvie
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Wow, Debi!

That is really eerie.  I like mysteries like this.  When you get any more info, pass it along.  Would love to know mroe about the carvings.

Brigita

October 30, 2010 07:40 AM #28
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Laura Giannotta
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Well Russel Ray has explained everything!  Debi great photos...and do keep us posted if there's some other explanation other than Russel's! 

October 30, 2010 09:11 AM #29
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Debbie Walsh
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Very interesting photos Deb.  I love these kinds of things because you just never know what they could be from.  I wonder what you will find out!

October 30, 2010 05:42 PM #30
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Glenn Roberts
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Weird is right up our alley. My wife side-tripped us to Bishop's Castle once on a drive through your fair stte. I'd like to come see these too.

October 31, 2010 10:32 AM #31
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Hi Gang! Still no answers - but I might have piqued some interest! Will keep you posted....

Glenn- I did a post a while back on Bishop's Castle - It's really something, isn't it?

October 31, 2010 09:49 PM #32
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Wow, that second one is pretty cool. I agree that there is an element that would vandalize them and I am glad those people are generally to lazy to go looking and thigns like this. Great shots.

November 01, 2010 12:03 PM #33
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I'm glad too, Ross!

November 02, 2010 12:02 AM #34
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We went for a hike last weekend, and I was wondering if I was anywhere near these carvings you wrote about...=o) I think I have the book you got this from, I just have to look it up!  FUN trip!

November 07, 2010 11:50 PM #35
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Where did you go, Cheryl?

November 08, 2010 11:07 PM #36
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We were in Red Rocks Canyon, on the climbing side, where the quarry was.  We love that place, and usually hike on the other side. I especially like the Contemplative trail for a nice walk...I realized the book I have is "I Never Knew That About Colorado", so now I'll check out the other one!

November 09, 2010 11:08 AM #37
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No Cheryl - different park, but I love Red Rock! Got some great quarry shots there last year. I'll have to look for your book - get some great ideas from them!

November 10, 2010 10:08 PM #38
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The update is - NO UPDATE - Jeez! I'm having a heck of a time getting anyone interested in helping me pursue this  :(

November 12, 2010 05:36 PM #39
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Hello Debi and you know how much of a UFO/ Alien buff I am! I love this post and the rocks are cool and there are some Native American paintings in New Mexico I viewed around 15 years ago with Alien masks & flying saucers. I drove through the are when I was in Roswell on the fourth of July but missed my turn. I will be going by there in the next month with cameras in hand once again ...

VB ;-)

November 14, 2010 03:48 PM #40
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Hi robert - yes! I knew that, LOL I don't believe the carvings have anything to do with UFO's, but there has been unusual activity in the area....  I hope you get your photos this time!

November 14, 2010 04:18 PM #41
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I'm feeling the goosebumps that must have covered you entire body when you found these carvings.  Geez, what are the odds of finding a needle in a haystack?  I hope you find out more about these carvings.  Sooner or later these will be front page news.

January 29, 2011 09:44 PM #42
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I don't know, I couldn't raise any interest from the academics in town.... and I ran out of ideas!

January 29, 2011 10:24 PM #43
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Re: Rock Carvings....

Hi Debi!

I just stumbled onto the Rock Carvings story via Chuck Z and now you. I'm interested in checking the place out but will be going by myself...I'm no spring chicken so I'm hoping you can narrow my search down in looking for the carvings.

I'm guessing you entered via the main parking lot off of Vindicator Dr? About how far did you hike before you located your side trail and was it on the left or right of the trail? Just trying to save myself some wandering around time.

I love how you walked right to it.....must of been a "meant" thing for you. I'd like to do it tomorrow...T-Day as I won't be having my turkey day until Friday so will be at loose ends and it's supposed to be a great day weather wise.

No worries about me harming anything....I'm a nature lover deluxe and tend to fuss at people on trails that don't show respect....must be the old lady genes screaming out.ha

Anyway, if you can give me some clues that would be wonderful!

Sincerely,

VJ

November 23, 2011 06:52 PM #44
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Hi VJ - You will be disappointed in my help - It is impossible for me to describe for you how to get there, I would in all likelyhood wonder around for awhile if I tried to find it again. What I can tell you is that yes, park in the main lot on Vindicator, follow the trail till you get to a flatish rock outcropping on the left where a trail from there decsends a bit, I think to the north. You will pass an area on the right of rock outcroppings on  a ledge as I recall. It will be past that when you will veer off to the left. This is where I am no longer able to describe, and we wondered around for a long time before stumbling upon the carvings. I am sincerely sorry I cannot be more helpful - and I do hope you have the same 'luck' we had! Today is going to be a gorgeous day for a hike! Happy Thanksgiving to you :)

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Love your story. I live in Monument and wish to see these rocks for myself.

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