Manitou Springs, Colorado
Pikes Peak Parkway - 1999
A long time Colorado resident writes:
"This is the first and only sign of its
type in the state of Colorado that I know of. At first I believed it was a
joke put up by park officials for tourist interest. However after talking
to a few rangers, I found that the sign is totally serious. This sign is
posted along the Pikes Peak Parkway a few miles above Manitou Springs Colorado.
Due to numerous sighting reports to park officials by tourists at this point
over a three year period, and pressure from visitors concerned with safety,
the State of Colorado bowed to demands of local citizenry and put up the
sign. Also at various points along this highway are signs identifying
different wildlife that can be seen during the drive to the top of Pikes
Peak, including Mountain Lion and Black Bear Warning signs to hikers. The
Colorado Park officials agreed that sightings of this "Bigfoot Type"
creature is not rare but do not wish to advertise the fact, believing
Colorado should not be caught up in what they call the Bigfoot Craze. As
far as the park service is concerned, "There is no such thing as Bigfoot and if
there is, they certainly do not inhabit Colorado park lands." When asked
further about the sign I was informed: "All sightings were probably large
bears, but admittedly bears do not walk on two legs as a general rule.
So the sign was created due to public demand for safety warnings for this
creature and placed where the most sightings in the park have occurred."
Notice the odd warning below the Bigfoot Crossing sign. I found it
amusing "creature resembling Bigfoot", and not simply Bigfoot. Shows
the extraordinary caution the State of Colorado is extending to not be
caught up in the Bigfoot craze."
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