Broomfield County High Point Trip Report

pending county: becomes official on November 15, 2001

Author: John Mitchler

The HP of Broomfield County is located on the SE corner of the junction of CO 128 and Indiana Street. This junction can be reached from the east, west, and south.

Here is a photograph of the intersection.

For the east approach, exit US 36 (the Boulder Turnpike which connects Denver and Boulder) at Wadsworth Parkway (CO 121) and go south. Immediately south of the US 36, turn right (west) off CO 121 onto CO 128. Travel west, passing Jefferson County Airport on your left (south), and reach Indiana Street after 3.7 miles.

For the west approach, travel CO 93 (which connects Golden and Boulder along the foothills) and turn east onto CO 128. Travel 4.2 miles to Indiana Street.

For the south approach, exit off CO 58 north onto McIntyre Street. Travel 2.7 miles to Ralston Road and turn right (east). At mile 3.3, bear right onto Indiana Street and head north passing CO 72 at mile 5.9 and the east entrance of Rocky Flats at mile 8.6. At mile 10.0 you will reach the junction of Indiana Street and CO 128.

The highest land in Broomfield County is in the field immediately southeast of the junction. I hand-leveled south and east of this junction to confirm that the topo was correct. The land appears higher to the east although the man-made roadbed adds to this illusion. The land north and west of the junction will not be part of Broomfield County.

The USGS topo does not show CO 128 extending west past Indiana Street as it now does. Most of the land in this area is being developed much to the dismay of prairie dogs. The HP land might be protected from development because it lies in the watershed of Great Western Reservoir.

Highpointers recognize pre-reality recognition. I've been to Broomfield's HP and on November 15, 2001 at midnight I can count it. Besides, I'll be there at midnight with a bullwhip to keep others off the highpoint.