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Details for Benchmark: HM0504

N 37° 16.840 W 108° 27.689 (NAD 83)

Altitude: 8576.4

Coordinates may not be exact. Altitude is VERTCON and location is ADJUSTED. (more info)

Location:
In MONTEZUMA county, CO View Original Datasheet
Designation:
PARK POINT 8572.31
Marker Type:
survey disk
Setting:
in a boulder
Stability:
May hold, but of type commonly subject to surface motion.

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Found this one while exploring Mesa Verde!
Greeetings from Germany

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TFTBM On my way up to the cliffs!!!!!!

Visiting Mesa Verde NP from Florida and found this Benchmark at Park Point.

Found it with Dukemartin.

Found in good condition at N37 16.841 W108 27.689 with 12' accuracy.

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Greetings from Virginia! Found today whilst touring Mesa Verde National Park!

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Found this while touring the national parks in the area.

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Found in good shape.

Today I found this Benchmark while visiting MesaVerde NP on beautiful weather.
The outlook from this Point is really amazing.

Stayed in Mesa Verde NP three nights. We could not get over the ruins and the incredible views.
It is awesome to find a benchmark. There is no better place than this vista.

Found it. Never Forget 9.11

found while visiting the park. missed the reference and azimuth marks...will hopefully return someday with better notes.

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station disk at park point

Found while visiting Fire lookout and Mesa Verde NP.
In fairly good shape.

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Highest point in Mesa Verde NP

Found this benchmark while exploring the park. The station disk has some gouge marks but is still in good shape.

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photoPARK POINT

Found with my beautiful Bride on this windy and cool day!

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photoDisc in semi good shape.

Colorado benchmark!

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In excellent condition on this lonely (and chilly) peak.

Found in good condition

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Benchmark in good condition.

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Found as described

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Found while visiting national park today.

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Mark recovered as described in good condition. RM1 recovered. RM2 recovered. AZ MK not searched for. RM3 recovered as HM0505, see that entry.

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photoPARK POINT 2 RM1 w/GPS
photoPARK POINT 2 RM1 Area
photoPARK POINT 2 RM2
photoPARK POINT 2 RM2 w/GPS
photoPARK POINT 2 RM2 Area
photoPARK POINT 2 Satellite View

Found this while visiting Mesa Verde today. Benchmark recovered in good condition.

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photoBenchmark with Souvenir Keychain
photoBenchmark HM0504 with GPSr
photoBenchmark HM0504 in Situ

Found the benchmark while exploring the Fire Lookout. The disk has a few scrapes but is still legible.

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photoPARK POINT 8572.31 HM0504 Disk, Mesa Verde NP

Found while roaming around the park. Mark in good shape

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Saw while visiting the area!

Mark is in good condition near restored Fire Lookout tower.

Found it near the fire tower. One of the highest points in the area.

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Found unintentionally while visiting Mesa Verde N.P.

Found while visiting the area

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First logged benchmark! Saw this at Mesa Verde and knew instantly what it was! Cool stuff.

Like many other posters, found this point while enjoying park point

stumbled on it up at the tower.

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Found as described.
Recovery report submitted to the NGS.

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photoHM0504 PARK POINT 8572.31 (CLOSEUP) MONTEZUMA / CO
photoHM0504 PARK POINT 8572.31 (VIEW W) MONTEZUMA / CO
Looking west across the mark to 9,964' Ute Peak (only 1,392' higher than this point). The funny-looking objects in the sky in the upper left quadrant of the photo are a pair of the black and yellow butterflies which were swarming Park Point during my visit. The air was perfectly still at the time of the photo; within 5 minutes the approaching thunderstorm sent 20+mph gusts across the site (and then sheets of rain).

We also stumbled upon this guy while visiting Park Point

Found this one after a wonderful day visiting the Cliff House. What an amazing views!

Great view from here.

Found by accident, since we got out of the car to check out the highest poiint in the park, and we found a little bonus...

Please see the complete recovery, including text and photos, at my website: [b][url=http://surveymarks.planetzhanna.com/surveymarks/hm0504/]HM0504 - PARK POINT 8572.3[/url][/b].

Zhanna

This entry was edited by Zhanna on Friday, 07 December 2012 at 02:16:07 UTC.

Stopped here with my family on our way to the visitor center of Mesa Verde. Found the benchmark by accident.
King Hubi

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photoHM0504 - PARK POINT 8572.31 [closeup with GPS]
photoMESA VERDE - PARK POINT - ELEVATION 8572 FEET

Found by coincidence -- had went to the Lookout Area for the views!! Wonderful park!

(#427)

[This entry was edited by dezert dawg on Tuesday, August 14, 2007 at 3:31:17 PM.]

found it by coincidence but as described

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After visting Mesa Verde National Park I found this
benchmark on my way back to the campground.

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I'm so happy we decided to come to Colorado on our tour of the west. It's my first trip west and I have fallen in love with the mountains and the views!

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Too busy looking at old architecture to do much benchmark hunting, but this benchmark was at one of the tourist vistas.

The most recent official staion recovery (2004) for this benchmark includes description of the current surrounding in a rock path. The benchmark is pretty badly beaten up and difficult to read.

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What a gorgeous place. Spotted this with my husband res2100 and son.

Enjoyed the area and found the benchmark.

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I should have taken a picture of it. Great day at the park. I didn't think about benchmarks here till I saw one on the front of a book for sale at the gift store.

Visited with trebleclef. Great day in the park.

N 37° 16.842 W 108° 27.689

Beautiful view from high vantage point.

Found on road trip.

Stopped here on our visit to southern Colorado. Outstanding views of the area. Did not have the coords, but thought there might be a benchmark at the highest evevation and found this one.

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Found just northwest of the fire lookout tower. Also found RM1 about 80 feet northwest of the station, and RM2 about 90 feet southeast of the station. Also found RM3 (see HM0505). Handheld coords for RM1 are N37-16.852 W108-27.698. Handheld coords for RM2 are N37-16.832 W108-27.675. I'm not sure if these two RMs are associated with this station - the station is clearly PARK POINT, but the RMs are NAMED PARK POINT 2. There appears to be no PARK POINT 2 in the NGS database, but PARK POINT 2 RM3 is described as the station at HM0505. At any rate, I found PARK POINT, and two RMs for something.

[This entry was edited by seventhings on Sunday, May 30, 2004 at 5:08:14 PM.]

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photoHM0504 RM1
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photoHM0504 in Mesa Verde Nat Park, CO
Looking southeast from the path from the parking area, the mark is near the white hat just left of and below center. Note the thin flagpole just beyond and to the left of the lookout building - RM2 lies about 60 feet beyond it. RM1 lies about 50 feet behind the photographer, on the west side of the path that leads to a lookout point.
photoHM0504 RM1 in Mesa Verde Nat Park, CO
Looking north from a poit 50 feet northwest of the station, RM1 is under the large bush at center.
photoHM0504 RM2 in Mesa Verde Nat Park, CO
Looking east from the flagpole, the RM is under the white hat at center.
N 37° 16.845 W 108° 27.694

Found it! It's no longer embeded in a boulder. As you can see in the picture it's in a stepstone which is next to the lookout building. The boulder is still there, but you can see the indention where it was once mounted. Beautiful views from this vantage point.

Later,

Bob, Karen, Taylor and Connor

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photoConnor playing it cool by the Benchmark.

Documented History (by the NGS)

01/01/1934 by USGS (MONUMENTED)
DESCRIBED BY US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY 1934 (EBL) STATION IS ON THE HIGHEST PART OF THE HIGHEST GROUND IN THE MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK. THE HILL IS WELL KNOWN LOCALLY AS PARK POINT. THE STATION IS IN THE APPROXIMATE POSITION OF THE GEOLOGICAL SURVEY STATION PARK POINT, AND IS MARKED BY A GEOLOGICAL SURVEY ALUMINUM TABLET. IT WAS LEARNED, AFTER THE STATION WAS ESTABLISHED THAT THE MARK HAD BEEN FOUND APPROXIMATELY 1/4 MILE AWAY AND REPLACED IN THE APPROXIMATE POSITION ORIGINALLY OCCUPIED. STATION MARK IS A STANDARD BRONZE DISK SET IN CONCRETE IN A DEPRESSION IN A BOULDER. REFERENCE MARKS ARE STANDARD BRONZE DISKS WEDGED IN DRILL HOLES IN OUTCROPPING BEDROCK. AZIMUTH MARK IS A STANDARD BRONZE DISK SET IN THE TOP OF A SQUARE BLOCK OR POST OF CONCRETE. REFERENCE MARK NO. 1 IS NNE OF STATION. REFERENCE MARK NO. 2 IS SSE OF STATION. REACHED FROM THE ENTRANCE TO THE PARK BY FOLLOWING THE MAIN, OILED ROAD 10.2 MILES TO JUNCTION WITH SCENIC ROAD, AT SIGNBOARD READING PARK POINT. GO ABOUT 1/4 MILE TO TURN AROUND IN ROAD, THEN FOLLOW TRAIL ABOUT 150 YARDS TO THE STATION. HEIGHT OF LIGHT ABOVE STATION MARK - 1.2 METERS.
01/01/1936 by CGS (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1936 (CP) STATION IS LOCATED IN THE MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK, 8 MILES SE OF CORTEZ, 10 MILES WSW OF MANCOS, AIR LINE DISTANCES IN THE NW 1/4 OF SEC. 24, T 35 N, R 15 W, ON A BRUSHY HILL WHICH IS USED AS A FIRE LOOKOUT STATION. REACHED FROM CORTEZ BY GOING E ON U.S. HIGHWAY 666 1.6 MILES TO JUNCTION WITH U.S. HIGHWAY 160, KEEP RIGHT FORK (U.S. HIGHWAY 160) GO 8.3 MILES AND TURN RIGHT ON OILED ROAD LEADING INTO MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK, FOLLOW PARK ROAD S AND SW UP WINDING GRADE 9.8 MILES AND TURN RIGHT AT PARK POINT SIGN, GO 0.5 MILE TO END OF THIS ROAD AND TRAIL LEADING RIGHT, UPHILL ABOUT 150 YARDS TO STATION.
01/01/1950 by CGS (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1950 (WIB) THE STATION RECOVERED WAS A STANDARD U.S.G.S. ALUMINUM BENCH-MARK TABLET, STAMPED PARK POINT 8572.31 USC AND GS 1934 AND SET IN A BOULDER IN THE MIDDLE OF A ROCK WALK N OF A FIRE-LOOKOUT STATION, 17.3 FT. N OF THE N EDGE OF THE DOOR OF THE STATION. THE ONLY BRONZE DISKS FOUND WERE THE TWO REFERENCE MARKS. REFERENCE MARKS 1 AND 2 RECOVERED AS DESCRIBED. AZIMUTH MARK NOT SEARCHED FOR.
01/01/1963 by CGS (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1963 (WTJ) RECOVERED IN GOOD CONDITION AS DESCRIBED BY W.I.B, 1950.
01/01/1965 by USGS (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY 1965 NOTE--TABLET USED FOR THIS STATION MAY BE SAME TABLET THAT WAS USED FOR DESTROYED STATION --PARK--. RECOVERED BY USGS IN 1965. STATION MARK--USGS ALUMINUM TABLET STAMPED---PARK POINT 8572.31 USC AND GS 1934---, SET IN BOULDER IN ROCK WALK N. OF FIRE-LOOKOUT STATION.
01/01/1967 by CGS (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1967 (EP) STATION AND REFERENCE MARKS RECOVERED IN GOOD CONDITION AS DESCRIBED. THE DESCRIPTION IS ADEQUATE. AIRLINE DISTANCE AND DIRECTION FROM NEAREST TOWN--IN MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK
01/01/1972 by USE (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY US ENGINEERS 1972 STATION RECOVERED AS DESCRIBED. PART OF STAMPING ON DISK HAS BEEN OBLITERATED.
01/01/1985 by USPSQD (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY US POWER SQUADRON 1985 (EWP) RECOVERED IN GOOD CONDITION.

Control Text

  • The horizontal coordinates were established by classical geodetic methods and adjusted by the National Geodetic Survey in January 1993.
  • The NAVD 88 height was computed by applying the VERTCON shift value to the NGVD 29 height (displayed under SUPERSEDED SURVEY CONTROL.) The vertical order pertains to the superseded datum.
  • The Laplace correction was computed from DEFLEC99 derived deflections.
  • The geoid height was determined by GEOID99.

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