In the mid 1990's, a rancher and his family decided to purchase a 480 acre piece of isolated property in Northeastern Utah with the intent to raise cattle. Soon after, the family began experiencing various forms of paranormal activity on the property and in their home. This website is the culmination of local research in and around the Uintah basin and the Skinwalker Ranch. The name Skinwalkers comes from the Navaho's belief about shape-shifting witches who come from the 'other side'.
The Sherman family spent nearly two years at the Skinwalker ranch before the stress from their experiences caused them to put the property up for sale. In that time their cattle were being mutilated, their dogs were found incinerated, and the family reported seeing strange objects with lights hovering over their property. The Shermans were also terrified by the ongoing poltergeist-like activities happening inside their home. Doors often slammed shut, objects would disappear and later reappear, and strange sounds were heard coming from beneath their property that resembled movement of heavy machinery. The family even claimed to have encountered a number of strange creatures on their property on several occasions. Creatures resembling Bigfoot, the alien from the movie Predator, and wolf-like animals were all reported with great detail. Mr. Sherman even recalled shooting at a large wolf-like animal while it was trying to attack one of the calves just days after moving to the ranch. According to Mr. Sherman, the bullets had no effect and the animal ran off. Two years of this and the family called it quits.
The property sold and was purchased by The National Institute for Discovery Science when they caught wind of the strange and terrifying paranormal events unfolding at the ranch. NIDS, which funds studies into the paranormal, set up a team of scientists and sent them to the ranch to study the phenomena reported there. According to researchers George Knapp and Colm Kelleher, along with other scientists there, they witnessed beings coming through 'portals' on the property and numerous other bizarre phenomena.
Ryan Burns wrote his own accounts in the book: "Skinwalker and Beyond"
a hard to find yet incredibly raw account from a local perspective...
Now, a number of explanations have been given by skeptics on this issue. Some of the skeptics claim that this is the site of a U.S. military testing area and all the activities there are a result of that. The skeptics have also stated that peoples imaginations with the Skinwalker Ranch have been vivid ones turning the ordinary into something out of this world. Also a mass hallucination by the family and researches was another explanation given.
In the end, I think that it is up to the individuals who read the book and have researched the Skinwalker Ranch to determine what they believe based on the information provided.
Types of phenomena:
Glowing blue orbs described as being larger than a baseball, made from some kind of hard, clear substance and containing some swirling blue liquid. These were allegedly capable of inducing fear and affecting electrical items (in particular lights) merely by their presence, and when attacked by dogs they (the dogs) were reduced to a grey butter-like substance. The description of this orbs bears resemblance to the ball lightning phenomena.
Cattle mutilations which seem to show common traits: Sometimes animals are just slaughtered with precision as if in some sort of sacrifice. May also entail cutting off of an ear, excision of genitals, coring out of the anus and exsanguinations, some of which took place in very tight windows of time (20 minutes on one occasion). Locals report that this kind of activity has occurred in the region, intermittently, since the 1960s.
A range of aerial craft have been reported on or near the ranch. And in the Basin.These include:
Vehicles that look like an advanced version of the F-117 stealth fighter and/or resemble Black triangles.
Some are miniature versions of the black triangle
A large refrigerator-shaped object with a white light at the front and red at the back which hovers and seemingly disappears. This bears some resemblance to a Chupa.
Some are biological in nature like a manta ray
Reptilian creatures & humanoids
Raptor like creatures with ability to run very fast. Prints are commonly found.
Humanoids exiting craft
Large aquatic serpents in the nearby Bottle Hollow are alleged to be behind a number of deaths at the lake. The Hollow is, according to eyewitness testimony, also the site of a number of sightings of balls of light entering and exiting the water. USO phenomenon.
Invisible or stealthy creatures – one of which (that attacked at 50 to 60 mph) was later identified as looking almost identical to the stealth blurring seen in the Predator films.