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Colorado Storm Chasing June 16-22 2021 Trip

Sunset 8:30pm

Days Inn by Wyndham Denver Downtown

930 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80218

 

Thursday, June 17th 2021

Sunrise  5:32am

Skyline view of Denver – City Park – 2001 Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80205  or 4th floor of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science open 9-5

Molly Brown House Museum 1340 Pennsylvania St, Denver, CO 80203

Peabody-Whitehead Mansion 1128 Grant St, Denver, CO 80203

10am Free Denver Walking tour meets at The front steps of the Colorado State Capitol

200 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO, 80203

The front steps face west, towards the mountains and towards Lincoln St.

The front steps are located just behind the Colorado Soldiers Monument statue pictured here.

Tours still operate when events are happening at the Capitol or in Civic Center Park. Please check our Facebook page the morning of your tour to see if there are any events going on that you should be aware of or if an event is taking place on the front steps of the Capitol that will require the starting location to shift slightly

Your guide will be wearing a neon yellow Denver Walking Tours shirt. They may also be carrying a small green Denver Free Walking Tours sign, especially in less than ideal weather.

 

https://www.denverfreewalkingtours.com/ghost-tours

 

Murals of Famous Dead Musicians 4902 Smith Rd, Denver, CO

Birthplace of the Cheeseburger 2776 N. Speer Blvd., Denver, CO  tiny stone is on the right (north) side, behind some bushes in front of the Key Bank, where the building meets its parking lot, just past Firth Court.

International Church of Cannabis 400 S Logan St, Denver, CO 80209

31 minutes to King Soopers 3600 Table Mesa Dr, Boulder, CO 80305  – scene of shooting

7 mins Green Mountain Cemetery https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/57314/famous-memorials?page=1#sr-9466262

George Gamow 39.9942017,-105.2694016

Wiley Blount Rutledge

 

 

5 mins Flatiron views 39.998903, -105.282747

4 mins View of Boulder and Denver Panorama Point 760 Flagstaff Rd, Boulder, CO 80302 – 40.005961, -105.292615

5 mins Columbia Cemetery

Thomas “Tom” Horn Jr. 40.0079528,-105.2832417

 

Grandview Cemetery, Fort Collins

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/156030995/william-r.-kreutzer

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/195077476/michele-lee-carey

 

Wyoming State Capitol 200 W 24th St, Cheyenne, WY 82001

 

               

Lakeview Cemetery –https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/13751870/harry-s.-yount

 

Chugwater 41.755837, -104.827550

 

Scotts Bluff National Monument 41.836986, -103.700200

30 minutes to Chimney Rock

 

4.5 hours to Devils Tower National Monument – 44.590810, -104.720366

 

Devils Tower Lodge 37 W Rd, Devils Tower, WY 82714  – Check-in Time: 3pm to 9pm. If arriving outside of check-in time, please call to make arrangements  44.601748, -104.722332

 

The Wind Circle sculpture

 

 

1.5 hours to MT-SD-WY  tripoint 44.997624, -104.057705

Access Route: From Belle Fourche, SD at the intersection of us 212 and US 85, go N on US 85 11.9 miles to gravel Camp Crook Road on the L, which is around the first bend in US 85 and across Owl Creek. After 2.5 miles turn left (W) onto gravel Albion Road. Continue NW about 13 miles to where the road turns due N. Continue albout 1.8 miles N and then about 0.4 miles NW to a gate on the left just before reaching the MT-SD line at a fence line. Park across from the county line sign and hike along the fence line 0.5 miles W to the tri-state monument.

 

There are 3 reference marks flush with the ground at 19.8 ft (6m} from the monument, one in each state. Note that the NE comer of WY and the SE comer of MT do not coincide. The 27th meridian survey from the S brought the line up 23.3 sec too far W. The survey S from the Canadian border brought the line 41.6 sec too far E at the same latitude. The combined error is 70.68 chains or 0.8835 miles. The original 1877 marker was replaced by a stone post in 1904. At the 1991 visit the post was found to be tipped over. It was subsequently repaired and a joint dedication ceremony was held July 16, 1994 for the tri-point and also for the monument at the SE comer of MT.

 

 

2.5 hours to Wind Cave National Park Visitor Center, 26611 US-385, Hot Springs, SD 57747

Lone Tree Rock  41.133750, -105.346569

8 mins Ames Brothers State Historic Site 210 Monument Rd, Buford, WY 82052

 

 13 mins Abraham Lincoln Memorial Monument  136 US Frst Service Rd 705 A, Laramie, WY 82070

 

Rawlins Cemetery 41.7976300, -107.2402400

 

 

Maybe – “Wyoming Frontier Prison”               Rawlins, Wyoming, US        January 11, 2013

GAC gets locked down at the Wyoming Frontier Prison in Rawlins, Wyoming, where 200 tortured souls still remain incarcerated for their crimes they committed in life and are now serving in death for all eternity. They also investigate the Dean/Summer Home a few blocks away, after hearing the story of the “Garage Witch” that left a woman paralyzed in the house’s garage in the 1970s.

 

5 hours to Three Corners Monument (Utah/Wyoming/Colorado) 41.000632, -109.050135

1 hour to Flaming Gorge Dam Visitor Center 40.914213, -109.424431

1.5 hours to Skinwalker ranch – 40.258601, -109.879189

 

2.5 hours to East Lawn Memorial Hills Cemetery (Provo)

Bobby Engemann  – 40.2980206,-111.6468230

Clark Gable, III 

George Virl Osmond, Sr 40.2938995,-111.6461029

 

1 hour to Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park 3401 S Highland Dr, Millcreek, UT 84106

https://i0.wp.com/www.rnsmith.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/WasatchLawnMapa.jpg?ssl=1

Stephen Covey Mountain View Park 404-3-W

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/3659/david-cannon-evans

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/39293262/samuel-parkinson-cowley

 

 

Salt Lake City Cemetery https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/77424/famous-memorials?page=1#sr-42113380

Lilly E. Gray: Victim of the Beast 40.777376, -111.854133  or 40.7757384,-111.8587483

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/10550322/lilly-edith-gray

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/1692/lester-farnsworth-wire

James Chipman Fletcher

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/6326911/william-wines-phelps

 

Maybe drone photo from here Ensign Peak Trailhead 40.791761, -111.888196 or sunset photos

 

Drone skyline from 40.776113, -111.900190   if not then 40.773752, -111.897704

Utah State Capitol Building

Temple Square Drone shot

 

Asylum 49, 140 E 200 S, Tooele, UT 84074 

GAC return to Tooele, Utah, to investigate a recently abandoned nursing home that connected to the “Green Mile”, a corridor of darkness that shares the same building with Asylum 49, a haunted attraction that was in operation during their original lockdown inside the Old Tooele Hospital in 2011.

 

Great Salt Lake State Park  13312 West 1075 South, Magna, UT 84044

 

Maybe drone – Black Rock / good for sunset  40.725243, -112.227701

 

Ladyfinger area restroom  / Egg Island Overlook Rd

Utah  41.058144, -112.249683  Antelope Island State Park Visitors Center

               

Aultorest Memorial Park

Robert Horatio George Minty 41.2026849,-111.9621841

 

Ogden City Cemetery

John Moses Browning 41.2314817,-111.9634222

 

2 hours to Parking Area for the Spiral Jetty 41.438424, -112.666247

 

               

Logan City Cemetery

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/153208418/carolyn-anne-beug

Utah State University 596 N 700 E, Logan, UT 84322

US Forest Service 1500 US-89, Logan, UT 84321

Cache National Forest sign 41.741900, -111.776195

St. Ann’s Retreat 41.776421, -111.649458

 

3 hours to Sunset Memorial Park  2296 Kimberly Rd, Twin Falls, ID 83301 

Anna Shaw            Pinehurst Gardens, Lot 441 – 42.5456746,-114.4374884

Known as Lyda Anna Mae Trueblood, The Black Widow, Lady Bluebeard, and America’s first female serial killer.

 

Shoshone Falls Park 4155 Shoshone Falls Grade, Twin Falls, ID 83301

 

Maybe ID-NV-UT Tri-State Marker 41.993951, -114.041499

 

 From Burley, Idaho take route 27 for 21 miles S to Oakley. Turn R (West) onto Main St., then L (South) on College St. which at 1.5 mi. becomes Goose Creek Rd. Bear left at the turnoff to Goose Creek Reservoir, then up to the top of a hill and on down to Goose Creek. Follow the creek to the UT line at about 21 mi. S of Oakland at a cattle guard (no sign). Stop about 1 mi. farther at the Fred Bedkey ranch and get permission to go on the property. From the UT line it is 3.1 mi. to where a gate blocks a road at a bend in the main road. This farm road, which bears off to the right, is part of the old Emigrant/California Trail. Park and hike 0.7 mi. to the NV border. Then hike 2.1 miles N in Nevada to the tri-point along the NV-UT fence line, wading Goose Creek, shortly after starting out, or in high water, use the bridge about 1/2 mi. W, then return to the NV-UT line. Check with local residents for other possible routes.

The state of Utah had a new granite monument made for this location in 1998. After much research the BLM cadastral survey office found the exact corner was beneath the old 1873 marker at the intersection of the state line fences. Evidence of burnt wood chips placed below the old marker by Mr. Majors were discovered. The new mo

 

3 hours from Twin Falls – Bonneville Salt Flats 40.762508, -113.895744

 

Maybe Provo City Cemetery

 

Maybe Goblin Valley State Park, Goblin Valley Rd, Green River, UT 84525

Maybe Arches and Canyonlands National Park

 

Carlson Memorials, Inc.  9-5pm

237 South Ave, Grand Junction, CO 81501

Melrose hotel – Grand Junction

South of Grand Junction

Chief Ouray  38.4353600, -107.8681700

“Museum of the Mountain West” 68169 Miami Rd, Montrose, CO 81401

 

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park Painted Wall View 37.840796, -107.168670

 

 

2 hours Cannibal Plateau Cemetery, Lake City 38.0001810, -107.2949400

 

33 mins Headwaters of the Rio Grande – you can see in the distance from the Browns Lake Overlook 37.840796, -107.168670

Really close to it 37.784298, -107.534188

 

2 hours to Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

Great Sand Dunes Visitor Center

 

46 mins to 2150 State Avenue, Alamosa

Wilhelmina Becker Emperius The witches grave

findagrave.com/memorial/53197423/wilhelmina-emperius

 

3 hours to Bradbury Science Museum, 1350 Central in Los Alamos, NM.

The Manhattan Project National Historical Park visitor 475 20th St, Los Alamos, NM 87544

 

40 mins to Santa Fe National Cemetery 501 N Guadalupe St, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Katherine Stinson             Sec. 3 Plot 1862

 

New Mexico State Capitol

 

1 hour to Sunset Memorial Park  Albuquerque  924 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107

Elfego Baca Block 11, Plot 41, Grave 1

Maxie Leroy Anderson  Block 24, Section 94, Grave 4 

James Thomas Lynch 

 

2.25 hours to Truth or Consequences

 

1.25 hours to Masonic Cemetery, Las Cruces NM

Pat Garrett  32.3011440,-106.7855300

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/9752/william-webb-cox

 

Ghost Adventures De Soto Hotel 309 E Mills Ave, El Paso, TX 7990

50 minutes to Concordia Cemetery, El Paso TX

John Wesley Hardin 31.7808743,-106.4475098

Miguel Ahumada

John Henry Selman 31.7795486,-106.4478073

 

6 mins to Evergreen Cemetery 4301 Alameda Ave, El Paso, TX 79905  https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/3479/famous-memorials

Victoriano Huerta

Thomas Calloway Lea Jr

 

11 mins to Grand Candela memorial to the Walmart shooting in El Paso, Texas 7101 Gateway Blvd W, El Paso, TX 79925

 

12 minutes to Fort Bliss National Cemetery 5200 Fred Wilson Ave, El Paso, TX 79906

https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/3651/famous-memorials?page=1#sr-273695

Dr John Paul Stapp           Section O1, Site 260

 

1.5 hours to White Sands National Park

 

Graves at New Mexico Museum of Space History 3198 State Rte 2001, Alamogordo, NM 88310

 

Maybe Fairview Cemetery 33.082128, -106.018466 https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/19850/jan-clayton

 

Smokey Bear Historical Park 118 Smokey Bear Blvd, Capitan, NM 88316

indoor visitor center will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. The outdoor gardens will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday through Saturday (7 days a week).

 

1.125 hours We Believe Mural 9058 W. 2nd St., Roswell, NM

 

3 mins to Saint Andrews Columbarium

505 N Pennsylvania Avenue, Roswell

Robert Orville Anderson

 

1 minute POW Iron Cross – Roswell, New Mexico 33.403392, -104.526321

Roswell McDonald’s 720 N. Main St., Roswell

Roswell Visitor Center: Pose With Aliens  426 N. Main St., Roswell, NM

1.5 hours to 3501 Billy the Kid Dr, Fort Sumner, NM 88119

William “Billy The Kid” Bonney, Charlie Bowdre, Tom O Folliard

 34.4037604,-104.1935177

https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/38292/old-fort-sumner-cemetery

Closed weekends – open 9-4pm

 

3 hours to City of Lubbock Cemetery

https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/151541/famous-memorials?page=1#sr-9678

Buddy Holly 33.5651125,-101.8142590

Mac Davis 33.5644647,-101.8137934

Virgil Johnson

 

2 hours to Llano Cemetery                2900 S Hayes Amarillo

Rick Douglas Husband  Section 2B Lot 138 Space 2

Terry LaVerne Stafford Section 1A Lot 60 Space 3

 

Cadillac Ranch 13651 I-40 Frontage Rd, Amarillo, TX 79124

2nd Amendment Cowboy 2600 Hope Rd, Amarillo, TX 79124

 

Midway Point of Route 66 35.271110, -102.672860

               

Catholic Cemetery, Trinidad

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/8820320/richens-lacy-wootton

               

Masonic Cemetery, Trinidad

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/86519260/isaac-hamilton-rapp

 

Bishop Castle 12705 CO-165, Rye, CO 81069

 

Cheyenne Mountain State Park Visitor Center 410 JL Ranch Heights Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80926

               

Evergreen Cemetery, Colorado Springs

Robert Williamson Steele

Dale Allan Gardner 38.8184177,-104.7981271

Winfield Scott Stratton 38.8176384,-104.8016281

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/10080/stephanie-westerfeld

https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/57264/famous-memorials?page=1#sr-15733941

 

Red Rock Canyon Open Space  3550 W High St, Colorado Springs, CO 80904

1897 memorial –  107 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, CO 80829

Manitou Cliff Dwellings 10 Cliff Dwellings Rd, Manitou Springs, CO 80829

Garden of the Gods  1805 N 30th St, Colorado Springs, CO 80904  5am to 10pm

 

Manitou Incline 38.856831, -104.931826

Pikes Peak 38.840358, -105.042933  open 7:30am to 6pm

Focus on the Family 8605 Explorer Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80920

 

 

32 mins to  Piotrowski House – 440 Crystal Peak Rd, Florissant, CO 80816

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument 15807 Co Rd 1, Florissant, CO 80816

 

30 mins to Colorado Grande Casino & Hotel 300 E Bennett Ave, Cripple Creek, CO 80813

 

Outlaws & Lawmen Jail Museum 136 W Bennett Ave, Cripple Creek, CO 80813

 

2.5 hours for Slight detour Independence Pass 39.108477, -106.564011

1 hour to Headwaters of the Arkansas River 39.259575, -106.343680 – Leadville, CO

 

Maybe if time 5 hours to Wheat Jesus Billboard with stop in Limon

Wheat Jesus Billboard 39.364066, -101.057522

 

1 hour to Monument Rocks Natural Landmark 38.793328, -100.763013

 

22 minutes to Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park  38.802774, -100.929387

 

Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site – 55411 County Rd W, Eads, CO 81036

 

Tri-state Marker (Utah, Idaho, Wyoming)  Montpelier, ID 83254  42.001502, -111.046826

 

Three Corners Monument (Utah/Wyoming/Colorado) 41.000632, -109.050135

 

The closest interstate access is from I-80’s exit 99 in Wyoming.  Heading south from Rock Springs on US 191, many maps indicate that one can take Sweetwater County Road 34* east for a few miles, and then CR 27** south to within a few miles of the tri-state corner…

*Some maps label this “Ramsey Ranch Rd”, while others refer to it as “Salt Wells Creek Rd”.

**Some maps label this “Aspen Mountain Rd”, while others refer to it as simply “Aspen Rd”.

 

…however, when I turned off US 191 onto CR 34, I was greeted with this sign:

Picture

Sanderson, Oct. 2005

That was also there during my first attempt in 1999, so it does not appear that repairing the bridge is a high priority.  The directions are helpful, but pay close attention to the “10.3 miles”, because the road you want is not marked as “CR 4-67” or “Clay Basin Rd”… it is actually signed as CR 62:

Picture

Sanderson, Oct. 2005

When you leave US 191 there, you won’t see another paved road for a long time.  CR 62 heads south, through a gap in the Tepee Mountains — shortly beyond that, you cross into Utah.  It’s also a little confusing once you get to Clay Basin — there are several roads around there, and it’s unclear which is the “main” one that leads to Browns Park Rd. 

You’re looking for a fairly well-traveled road that runs east-west, along the south side of the settlement.  I don’t believe it’s marked as CR 192 (as the sign in the photo above indicates), or anything else for that matter, but all roads in the area connect to it eventually.  Once you’ve reached it, go east for a couple miles, until you see this sign:

Picture

Sanderson, Oct. 2005

That turnoff is a road that essentially follows a small valley northward along the west side of Bender Mountain (this is the road which — according to maps — becomes CR 27 in Wyoming, but I’m not sure how far north you can actually go on it).  About five miles into it, you cross a cattle guard and enter Wyoming.  Not far beyond that, the road begins a fairly steep climb.  When I was there, it was deeply rutted and badly eroded in spots — this is where you’ll begin to be glad you have a 4WD.  After about a mile, the road crests a ridge, where the sign shown here was posted:

Picture

Sanderson, Oct. 2005

(That was actually for drivers heading southbound.  There was no similar sign heading north — perhaps it was removed because it referenced something ahead in Wyoming that you can no longer reach due to the bridge closure.)  Anyway, the road east from there to the marker doesn’t get any better.  It was a bit foolhardy going even this far in my little Civic, and if something would’ve happened, it would’ve been a long hike back to find some help.  I considered hiking the rest of the way to the monument, but I didn’t have any way to carry water, nor was I prepared for three hours of sun exposure.  So I reluctantly turned back.

 

 

If extra Time

 

1.75 hours to Rocky Mountain National Park Trail Ridge Road – 40.440949, -105.755609

Headwaters Colorado River 40.476687, -105.821519 or nearby La Poudre Pass Trailhead  40.480405, -105.822410  hike 3 hours 6 miles or drive 3 hours or 104 miles

 

Colorado River Trailhead 40.401691, -105.848764

 

Get tickets for rocky mountains national park https://www.recreation.gov/timed-entry/10086910

tickets will be made available on June 16, 2021 at 05:00 pm MDT

 

If time in Denver go to Riverside Cemetery https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/57513/famous-memorials?page=1#sr-7763270

 

Or

 

Fairmount Cemetery

https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/57267/fairmount-cemetery

 

 

Shiprock dike  36.639797, -108.825871

 

Four Corners Monument 36.998605, -109.044902

Navajo Nation Welcome Sign

 

If in Montana Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument

               

Hillside Cemetery, Cascade Mt 47.2873000, -111.7027000

Mary “Stagecoach Mary” Fields https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/8742943/mary-fields

 

If in Kansas – Wheat Jesus Billboard 39.364066, -101.057522

 

Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park and Monument Rocks Natural Landmark

 

Maroon Bells

visit Telluride, Melrose

 

The Castle Rock 39.378251, -104.855391

 

https://billiongraves.com/grave/Melvin-Wesley-Hawkins/20441485