Leave it to a Boulderite to memorialize a boulder and get adoring press coverage for it.

After blowing up one boulder that tumbled down a ridge near Highway 145 between Dolores and Telluride the Friday before Memorial Day, state road officials decided to just leave a second one by the roadside and work around it.

Gov. Polis thinks it could be a tourist attraction, with folks coming from miles around to see a giant rock beside a road.

“We expect that for generations to come, people will have the opportunity to observe this geological masterpiece that we’re calling Memorial Rock.”

Turns out it costs $200,000 to blow up a boulder (we’d do it for free), and transportation officials think it’s just swell to leave an 8.5 million pound immovable object right next to a road.

Now they can use the money instead for signs that caution drivers, memorialize the rock, and enforcement to keep kids from climbing the boulder in the middle of traffic.