Parachute, Colorado: Rulison Nuclear Blast Site

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Address:
Unnamed Rd, Parachute, CO
Directions:
I-70 exit 75. Drive south on CR 215/CR 300 for a half-mile, then bear left onto CR 301/N. Battlement Pkwy. Follow for a little over three miles (be careful to follow N. Battlement Pkwy, not E. Battlement Pkwy), then turn right onto CR 310. Follow until it dead-ends (around a mile), then make a sharp right onto an unnamed road and follow for around three miles. Stay straight when the road turns sharply left. Drive another thousand feet and look for the bright yellow Nuclear Blast Site sign behind the wooden fence.
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Rulison Nuclear Blast Site
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Nuclear explosion marker.

Rulison Nuclear Blast Site

The site turned 50 in 2019 and the landowners are working with the DOE to place informational stands at the site in the near future. For now there is only a plaque over the wellhead which is behind a fence on private property. You can see the plaque, but not read it, from the road. The property owner was there when I visited and I was invited to get a closer look so my pictures are on the up-and-up. Future visitors should not trespass.

[Nick S., 10/21/2019]
Rulison Nuclear Blast Site

Drove here found a cute guy but no yellow sign. The plaque was still there.

[Disneybabe, 07/31/2015]

Nuclear Blast site sign and monument.

Rulison Nuclear Blast Site

While the actual detonation site is gated, it is still easily visible from the road and may be photographed. I visited in July 2012. The plaque reads: PROJECT RULISON NUCLEAR EXPLOSION EMPLACEMENT WELL... Site of the second nuclear gas stimulation experiment in the United States. One 43 kiloton nuclear explosive was detonated in this well, 8,426 feet below the surface on September 10, 1969. No evacuation, drilling, and/or removal of subsurface materials below a depth of 6,000 feet is permitted....

[Outspoken1, 03/07/2014]
Rulison Nuclear Blast Site

We encountered a locked gate and a private property sign on CR 310, about 3 miles from the blast site, according to the GPS device. This site is no longer accessible.

[Sarah Hicks, 07/22/2011]

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