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COUNTY: Jefferson County
LOCATION DETAILS: I gave a brief description of the location. It was a quiet day. There's a couple shooting ranges close by which your normally able to hear, but clearly nobody was around. I've always commented to people I take up there that the sighting area is a great place to see wildlife crossing the road. What my friend and I saw that day was the furthest thing from what I'd expected to see crossing.
NEAREST TOWN: Conifer
NEAREST ROAD: Close to fox ton road, not sure what the road is called
OBSERVED: A friend and I had just started heading home from a day trip in the conifer area of Colorado. As we drove down a stretch of road with approx 1/2 miles visibility, we "both" saw a creature run from one side of the highway to the other. This creature was tall considering we had been about 4-500 hundred feet away in the car. It effortlessly took a few long strides and cleared the entire width of the road. It was clearly upright on two feet, which at that point both of us looked at each other wide eyed, like we couldn't really register what we've just saw. Once we pulled off to the spot that it had crossed, we both took notice that there was about 5-6 mule deer that seemed to be completely undisturbed or spooked. We both realized that if this was a human, these deer would not have been anywhere close to the commotion. This was my very first and only sighting and I'm absolutely positive what we saw was authentic. The mix of weather and the time of day reduced the hiker and tourist traffic that day, so the thought of someone playing games isn't a viable conclusion to me. My friend is also convinced, since he was raised in New Hampshire and has had similar experiences. Since that day, I've been hooked! My friend and I are extreme outdoorsmen with many years of survival training, so we will be spending a lot more time in the area of our sighting soon. Just FYI, the exact area of our sighting was between Wellington Lake and scraggy mountain ranch. Thanks for taking the time to read this as I'm sure you get a ton of submissions.
ALSO NOTICED: Just the mule deer that had been in close proximity to the sighting. I thought it strange that they hadn't run off.
OTHER WITNESSES: 2, my friend and myself
OTHER STORIES: Yes! Channel 9 news has a report of two women taking a hike through the mountains, a few miles off highway 285. This is a fairly recent sighting supposedly. As a side note, I had noticed a street sign close to the sighting that had a bigfoot sticker on it, as if someone deemed it bigfoot territory. I thought that was a tad strange.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: This was at the end of the day about 1-2 hours before sunset. It was cold and rather damp. Visibility was clear.
ENVIRONMENT: There's wooded pine on both sides of the road. We had just passed the entrance for Wellington Lake on our left. There's a famous scenic overlook close by as well. Further down the road in the direction we had been going was the great conifer fire years ago.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Scott Miles:
I spoke at length with the witness over the phone, during which I was impressed with the witness' recollection of detail, and ability to communicate clearly.
After the initial phone conversation, I met the witness and his friend at the location of their sighting. Both men gave very detailed information, and were able to give consistent information overall.
The location of the encounter is close to my home, and I am very familiar with this area and the Buffalo Creek Rec Area and Pike National Forest areas nearby.
The witnesses described driving down County Road 126 near the Buffalo Creek Recreation Area entrance at Forest Road 550 in a northeasterly direction. There was good daylight and visibility at the time, late afternoon, and they initially saw the figure at a distance of approximately 1/10th of a mile. Both men describe seeing a very large, uniformly colored , dark grey bipedal figure with extremely heavy build cross CR 126 from east to west. The figure climbed a very steep, sandy embankment on the west side of the road with seemingly very little effort. The embankment is approximately 30 feet high at an angle of 45 to 50 degrees. The area in question can be viewed in Google Street View at coordinates 39.352868, -105.249695.
The witnesses also mentioned that there were some deer in the area when they stopped at the road crossing site. The deer strangely did not flee the area when the men pulled up, and were apparently present when the bipedal figure crossed the road previously. There were no footprints witnessed at the site when the men arrived.
Both men are business owners with excellent communication abilities and I considered them both to be credible witnesses after two lengthy conversations.
About BFRO Investigator Scott Miles:
Scott is a retired IT professional. He has been involved in Bigfoot research since having a Class A sighting in the early 1980's. With many thousands of hours of wilderness research, he specializes in tracking and survival skills. Having grown up in upstate New York, and spending many years living in the deep South and Colorado Rockies, Scott is a skilled outdoorsman and backpacker, and enjoys mountain biking, hiking and rock climbing.