Sunday, March 24, 2013

Bigfoot Sightings List For Utah


                      Above illustration from the Deseret News, April 1, 1993


By Lynn Arave

WELCOME to Utah Bigfoot Central

Searching for Bigfoot? 

According to this sightings list, the High Uintas, the North Ogden Area and Ogden Valley are the most likely places to catch a glimpse of the elusive creature in the Beehive State.
(Hence, "Sasq-Wasatch," because northern Utah exceeds all other areas of the state in Bigfoot sightings.)

HERE'S  a chronological list (newest to oldest) of some of the reported Bigfoot sightings in Utah:
This list doesn't profess to be all-inclusive, but does contain what are likely many previously unlisted or reported sightings.

(Note that many people who have saw, or heard Bigfoot, do not want their names used publicly, for fear of ridicule.)


Report totals by area:
For the sighting list below.

Total incidents reported: 129-plus

Top 6 Hotspots--
1. High Uintas, 19 reported Bigfoot experiences.
2 Ogden Valley/South Fork 18.
3. North Ogden area, 15
4. Layton, 7.
5. South Weber, 6.
6. Monte Cristo, 5.


-Feel free to e-mail any additional Bigfoot sightings you know about to lynnarave@comcast.net

From the most recent going back in time ...

-----List was last updated August 8, 2017-

--A work in progress  ... more to be added here ...



November 12, 2016: A father and son were fishing on the lower Provo River, near Deer Creek Dam, when they had medium sized rocks thrown near them. They dismissed the incidents and kept fishing until they heard a loud yell just before dusk. They then quickly departed and went home, wondering if a Bigfoot wanted them out of the area.


September 2016:
A family driving west of Provo, near the airport, has a possible Bigfoot encounter. A child in the backseat filming the cornfields going by spots a large hairy figure at the edge of one field and asks "What was that?"
The video, spotlighted in the Sept. 14, 2016 Provo Daily Herald newspaper, is too fleeting to know for sure what the dark figure was.

February 2016:
The Paranormal Review group has a channel on YouTube, highlighting some Bigfoot sightings, including some recent ones in Payson Canyon and also on the Alpine Loop, in Utah County. They include some good video footage of sightings.
The address is:
https://www.youtube.com/user/theparanormalreviews


November 24, 2015, in the mountains of Weber County:
 Here’s further proof that Weber County is a hotbed for Sasquatch activity. A report from a Utah man --
“This past Tuesday, Nov 24th 2015, I and a friend did a 6-hour nighttime hike through an area we had determined to be active. That night we found and photographed dozens of tracks, documented over 50 tree structures, saw hundreds of tree breaks, and then actually encountered 3 separate individuals. We have photos and videos of many of the tracks, breaks, structures, and even an audio recording that captures part of the bluff charge (from what we determined to be the alpha male). All three individuals were encountered along game trails at high altitude. Many of you know that I like to do eyewitness sketch depictions, but what I haven’t been very public about is that I also head a local research team. We are very serious about logging all data on maps and finding behavioral/habitual patterns. Thanks to this podcast and the help of other life-long researchers, we were able to finally locate an active group. It was the most amazing experience of my life.”
(The exact location for this activity is being kept secret for now, to preserve the research. Stay tuned … )



August 2014: A man at truck stop in Tooele, west of Salt Lake City, was scanning the nearby mountains with binoculars for wildlife, just before sunrise one morning. He said he spotted what looked like a Bigfoot climbing up the hillside. He also said the creature soon stopped and turned and appeared to somehow know he was being watched. The man became alarmed, stopped looking and when he again picked up his binoculars, he could not locate the beast again.

June 2014: A man and woman driving the narrow road past Sundance, near Provo Canyon, in the dark, spot something large watching them amidst the aspen trees.
They have video (very inconclusive), but believe they saw something strange, that was standing upright.



                                    The mouth of Ogden Canyon.


Late May 2013: -- 
An Ogden man, Todd Man, said saw he a Bigfoot near the hot water spring at the mouth of Ogden Canyon at 2 a.m. one night. This was his second sighting there in two years. He heard someone nearby yell 'it's a monster!' (Source: Ogden Standard Examiner, "Sasquatch Skull?" by Mark Saal, B-1,8, June 23, 2013.) 


-Also, be aware that these hot springs are on private property and their use is discouraged.


           The trail to the Hot Spring, Mouth of Ogden Canyon, is just below the road.



May 2013 -- Possible sightings of the creature, plus Bigfoot prints and handprints found on the Skyline Trail, in the Wasatch Mountains, between North Ogden and Ogden Valley.

April 29, 2013 -- Justin Spencer of North Ogden and friends were canoeing in the south arm of Causey Reservoir, northeast of Ogden Valley. They reported rocks being thrown at them from above by a Bigfoot. (Source: 
http://utahsbigfoot.wordpress.com/

Spring 2013 -- Some new Bigfoot sightings and tracks being reported in Ogden Valley.

Winter 2012-2013 -- An Eden man, living near Snowcrest Junior High, reported finding barefoot tracks in the snow one morning around his house. He followed the tracks and they simply stopped in the snow, with no apparent walk away.

October 30, 2012 -- Some campers in Provo Canyon, near Squaw Peak and Little Rock Canyon, spotted a black creature in the trees. They got some rough, inconclusive video of the creature, and that went viral on YouTube and made news on some local TV channels.

Summer of 2012 -- Possible Bigfoot sightings are reported near the Sardine Canyon, about halfway up Ogden Canyon. Also, one man said he was in Ogden Canyon, just off the roadway one day and heard a tromping in the trees, like a big animal would make. Then, a large boulder was hurled in his direction.


October 2011 -- A woman driving through Eden, Ogden Valley, at 10:30 p.m. one night, sees a 6 1/2-foot tall, massive creature walking around, from as close as 12-feet away. She believes it was in no way human.

Sept. 3, 2011 -- Two hikers reported seeing a Bigfoot near the large, upper waterfall in Adams Canyon, about 1.8 miles east of U.S. Highway 89. This sighting was also reported to Davis County Animal Control by the hikers.

September 2011 -- A hiker near the 29th Street Trailhead in the mountains above Ogden watches a large, dark figure, presumed to be a Bigfoot, as no human could jump as far as it did. (From Michael Slade's "Utah Bigfoot.")

Aug. 11, 2011 -- At "Dave's Bigfoot Show" in Ogden, at the Weber County Fair, a "raise hands" survey is taken among the audience of about 500 people. Six people (1.2 percent) raised their hands when asked if they had personally been a Bigfoot. Some 30 people (six percent) raised their hands when asked who knew someone who had experienced a Bigfoot sighting.


  Summer of 2011 -- Several Boy Scouts spot a Bigfoot in the one of the hollows in Layton.


                      One of the hollows in East Layton where Bigfoot has been sighted.

Spring/Summer of 2011 -- There are numerous and regular sightings, footprints and howls in East Layton, between Corbett Canyon (directly east of the U-193/Highway 89 junction) and south to the Fernwood/"Castle" area.
There are also some reported recent sightings in the hollows that are west of Highway 89, deep into the heart of Layton City.
Some Bigfoot enthusiasts are believing Corbett Canyon is a key travelway for Bigfoot into the valley.
One of the area residents, whose property descends into one of the hollows, said he's seen Bigfoot lurking on his land at night.


April 2011-- An Ogden man, Todd Man, said he a Bigfoot near the hot water spring at the mouth of Ogden Canyon one evening. He said it had a black and silver coat. At first, he thought it was an escaped gorilla. (He had a repeat experience at the same location in May of 2013.) (Source: Ogden Standard Examiner, "Sasquatch Skull?" by Mark Saal, B-1,8, June 23, 2013.)

June 25-28, 2009 -- The BFRO conduct a Northeast Utah expedition, looking for Bigfoot, near the Ashley National Forest. They frequent an area (exact location not disclosed) with recent activity. They hear some strange sounds at night, but little else. This is the second official BFRO expedition in the Beehive State.

Early June 2009 — Two campers along Reservation Ridge, northwest of Price, were frightened by a strange creature they saw in the area. They quickly packed up and left.

   

                                       The Flaming Gorge area.
  
December 7, 2008 — A man driving along state Route 44 three miles west of Flaming Gorge reported seeing an upright figure with eyes that reflected his headlights. It had long black and gray hair and was not afraid of his noisy pickup truck, but soon disappeared into the trees. (From BFRO files.)


Summer of 2008 -- John Salmond of the Utah BFRO reported hearing strange knocking noises one night in the High Uintas. He believes the noises were Bigfoot.

Jan. 8, 2008 — A semi driver on I-15 near Scipio said he had to swerve to avoid hitting what he thought could have been a  bigfoot running across the freeway during foggy conditions. It was hairy and the creature's leg alone was the size of a man's body. The man said it was like looking into the face of a gorilla when he made eye contact. He said he was a Bigfoot skeptic prior to that experience. (From BFRO files.)




October 2007 -- Hunters in the mountains east of Brigham City see a huge hairy creature running through the area. They quickly leave the area terrified of what they saw.

Oct. 20, 2007 -- A deer hunter in the Wellsville Mountains, southwest of Logan, watches a strange black shape through his binoculars. It plows through thick brush at a fast pace and is upright. As it reaches a clearing, the man realizes it is like nothing he has ever seen. The hunter has faced bear and mountain lions, but said this truly made him afraid. He loaded his gun and headed for his vehicle in fear. (From BFRO files.)


                                    Monte Cristo area, the far background.
Aug. 31, 2007 -- A man in the Monte Cristo area of Weber County reported smelling an awful -- never encountered before -- odor when he visited his property one day. He also noticed some droppings on a fallen tree, that seemed a strange place for an animal to defecate. A grandson later told him that fit the parameters of Bigfoot. Soon after, the grandson was told his grandmother saw something huge and hairy run across the road years earlier in  the same area, causing the grandson to scream in fear. The grandson said he was too young to recall that, but has since heard about a number of others in the La Plat/Hardware Ranch area, who may have had a Bigfoot experience. (From BFRO files.)


Aug. 22, 2007 — A family reported unearthly whoops and howls heard at night in the Yellowstone Canyon area of the High Uintas wilderness area. (From BFRO files.)



June 10, 2007 -- Ryan Burns reported seeing a reddish figure south of Duchesne, on Reservation Ridge. "I thought it looked a person in the fur coat," he said. "It disappeared into the brush." Later, Burns talked to some campers, who a week or so earlier, had spotted a strange figure and who were so frightened, they left the area.

2007 -- The exact years are unknown, obviously a vital fact missing from an otherwise intriguing report: A couple who used to live at the Thousand Peaks Ranch in Coalville, Summit County, sold their house and moved away after a Bigfoot keep hanging around their property.
Bigfoot was purported to have peeked in their windows at night at least three times over a several year period, spooking them. The creature had glowing red eyes and must have been about 8-feet-tall to accomplish his window peering. (From bigfootevidence.blogspot.com).


October 2006 -- A Morgan area woman, living not far from East Canyon Reservoir, reported hearing loud screaming sounds at night on numerous occasions. No one in the family took her reports seriously until a son-in-law was camping near the home and heard fierce screams, growls and even hoots at night. (From BFRO files.)


September 2006 — A woman camping in the Monte Cristo area, Cache County, reported seeing a tall, dark figure in the moonlight, about 25 yards away. It was unlike any other animal she had ever seen. Her usually calm dog also had whined and whimpered a lot that night. (From BFRO files.)


July 15, 2006 — A man and other witnesses in the High Uintas near Beth and Trident lakes heard screams at night that they said could have come from a bigfoot.


July 9, 2006 -- A family camping in a desolate area, about 25 miles north of Vernal, hear a powerful whooping sound at night. Later, hearing some recordings on the BFRO Website, they conclude it is the same noise they heard. (From the BFRO files.)

Mid-September 2005 --A couple who had just entered their vehicle at the Sterling Hollow Trailhead in Spanish fork Canyon, see a Bigfoot racing through the area. It was daytime. The couple know it was not a bear or human. (From BFRO files.) 

August 2005 -- Campers in the Lake Fork Campground, below Huntington Canyon (in the Fairview area) said they heard a moaning sound for over an hour. (From BFRO files.)

August 2, 2005 -- Campers in the High Uintas, 25 miles north of Vernal, hear strange whooping sounds in the middle of the night. About 6 of a group of 20 heard the noises. (From BFRO files.)

January 5, 2005 --A snowplow driver in Logan Canyon, near the Franklin Basin turnoff, sees a 7-foot-tall hairy creature walking across the road at night. (From BRFO files.)

December 25, 2004 -- A man driving at night near the mouth of Dryfork Canyon, near Vernal, sees a massive creature cross the road in his vehicle lights. It used its extra long arms, like legs, was at least 7-feet-tall. The creature had briefly turned to look at the vehicle. Later, watching the famous Patterson film, the man said what he saw did look like that creature, minus the breasts. (From the BFRO files.) 

October 2004 — Two men hunting in the Chalk Creek area near Coalville reported seeing a 9-foot-tall black creature unlike anything they had ever seen before.


August 2004 -- A man trying to imitate Sasquatch vocalizations, get a return call, near the Hoop Lake area, north slope of the High Uintas. The return call was too loud and strange to be man-made, the man reported. Other family members also heard it. (From BFRO files.)

July 5, 2004 -- A family hiking in the Wasatch Mountains, near Aspen Grove, come across a large barefoot print, some 15 inches long and 8 inches wide. The family left frightened, but saw nothing else. (From BFRO files.)

June 2004 -- One man claims to have seen a Bigfoot in the High Uintas. Shortly after, he spots three tall, 7-foot or more men, in Monk type robes.



North entrance to the Lagoon Trail.


May 2003 — Some teenagers (Chad Ellis, Zac Morby, Porter Perkins, Doug Steenblik and Nate Kennaley) in Farmington reported hearing strange noises and smelling and awful odor along the Lagoon Trail east of the amusement park. They also spotted a tall, grayish brown figure in some trees one night when they went along the trail after dark. The powerful noises went on for a month.





March 2004 -- Three men driving down at night to Bountiful on the Skyline Drive dirt road in the Wasatch Mountains spot a crouched creature in their headlights ahead of them. Then, it crossed the road and ran off. (From BFRO files.)

2002 — Various sightings are reported in the Oquirrh Mountains.


October 2002 -- An Eden, Utah woman, said she was driving up Ogden Canyon about 2 a.m. one morning when she saw something huge walk in front of her car, and another vehicle, which both skidded to a stop.

Feb. 13, 2002 -- A couple driving Highway 91, in extreme southwest Utah, near the Shivwits Indian Reservation, spot an 8-foot tall creature crossing the road. (From BFRO files.)


June 12, 2001 -- A man sleeping inside a suburban, about one mile south of the ranger station on U-150 and a half-mile off the road, in the High Uintas, said he awoke and felt he was being watched. He saw a dark figure, some 7-feet-tall in a nearby meadow. Overnight snowfall melted quickly the next day and no tracks could be found., (From BFRO files.)


Oct. 26, 2000 -- An experienced hunter/wildlife photographer was hunting deer near the Bear Lake summit, southwest of Garden City. He heard some incredibly loud shouts/growls, which frightened a cow moose. He later found a dead moose carcass, but never saw what may have been making the noises -- a Bigfoot. (From BFRO files.)

August 2001 -- A couple fishing at the remote LeBaron Lake in Beaver County, noticed what they thought was a bear drinking 200 yards away. Then, it stood up. They could see it was no bear, or human ... had dark brown hair. It didn't seem to care about their presence, but the couple fished only more public bodies of water after that.

Nov. 11, 2000 --  A Layton man scouring the mountainside with a scope spotted a strange creature roaming in the foothills above the state Route 193/U.S. 89 junction. He used his camcorder to film the creature for about five minutes from about 500 yards away. A few hours later, he went into the area and despite snow on the ground, could not find footprints.
-Here's a copy of that video:




April 1999 -- A family gathered one evening at a campfire on the east side of the Tushar Mountains, nears Marysvale, hear branches breaking and screams on the other side of a loud stream nearby. The sounds are powerful and unlike anything this hunting-avid family has ever encountered before. The next summer, some of the same family members are riding ATVs about 10 miles south of Marysvale and discover a large barefoot print while admiring some wildflowers. (From BFRO files.)


Spring 1999 -- A woman driving Ogden Canyon, near Peery Camp,  at 2 a.m. during a rainstorm, sees a large hairy creature along the roadside. At first, she thinks it is a large person in a fur coat.

November 1997 -- A lone women driving U.S. 89 south at about 8 p.m. in Circleville Canyon said she saw something crouched by the road, about 70 feet away. She slowed down. The creature, not human or bear, rose up, ran across the road and disappeared. (From BFRO files.)



                                      The North Ogden Divide.


Fall of 1997 -- Nick and Jamie Froerer and a friend had a Bigfoot sighting at the summit of the North Ogden divide road. They saw something weird cross the road after dark and stopped, thinking it was someone pranking them.
However, "that wasn't a guy in some suit," Nick Froerer said.
"The hair on my neck was standing. We were just shaking," Jamie Froerer said.



Sept. 15, 1997 -- Family members see a large, hairy creature walk across the road on the North Ogden Divide of the Wasatch Mountains, near Eden at about 12:30 a.m. It was about 8-feet-tall and the vehicle stopped to let it pass. They saw it about 12-feet away. It disappeared,walking up the mountain. They assumed it could be a kid dressed in a gorilla suit, but with no one else around and nowhere to park a vehicle, that seemed very unlikely. (From BFRO files.)


May 17, 1997 -- More than a dozen people attend a "Bigfoot Party" in Eden, to talk about the many recent sightings in the area. Party goers included: Lynn Arave, Larry Beeson, Bruce Champagne, Rudy Drobnick, Robin Griffith, Larry Jones, Shawn Knight, Ryan Layton, Ron Mower, Dick Robinson, Darrell Smith, Todd Weaklend and Jeri Wydner.


                                      Looking at the Ogden Valley from Snow Basin.

1997 — Strange footprints are found all over Ogden Valley during the winter.


1996-97 — A woman, "Jeri"  and her children in Eden, Ogden Valley, reported seeing bigfoot  twice in some brushy areas. "I can't deny it," she said.


1996 -- "Jeri" of Eden also claims she drove through a "herd" of Bigfoot late one night as she curved past the head of Pineview Dam, Ogden Valley, toward Eden. This happened near the Shanghai Canyon area, a hotbed for sightings over the years.
In later years, the "Skyline Trail," from Pineview Dam to the North Ogden Divide, would also be a location for spotting Bigfoot tracks, or even Bigfoot creatures by other people.

June 1, 1996 --Two women hiking in Escalante National Monument, between the Gulch and Deer Creek, near Boulder, see a strange, large, white-colored creature watching them. They decide to leave the area. (From BFRO files.)

May 1996 -- A man hiking in the Wasatch Mountains, above Pleasant Grove, has an afternoon sighting of a large, red creature in Grove Creek Canyon. It was tall and the man sees it for about 5 seconds, concluding it is Bigfoot he is looking at. He continued to search for the creature onhis hike, but saw nothing else. (From BFRO files.)

Spring 1996 — A group of children in North Ogden's Coldwater Canyon said they were chased away by a bigfoot. Footprints are also found at the fish farm in North Ogden (by Jay Barker) and separately at Nordic Valley.


1995 -- Larry Beeson of Nordic Valley, in Ogden Valley, said he saw Bigfoot twice in that area. "We know they're here," he said.

1995 — A North Ogden resident reported seeing a large, dark, hairy creature in his yard one night. It also ripped a large metal gate out of a fence and hurled it 30 feet away. A teenage boy said he saw bigfoot running alongside a canal.




        Coldwater Canyon, back/center, in North Ogden, a place for Bigfoot sightings.



Spring 1995 --A young girl hiking with friends up Coldwater Canyon in North Ogden claimed she saw a Bigfoot.

July 15, 1994 -- A group of Boy Scouts hiking a trail at night -- under a full moon -- in the High Uintas -- see a tall, dark creature walking upright, some 50 feet away in the trees. They were all frightened and heard something slam against rocks. They don't believe anything that thick could move as smoothly as the creature did. Soon after, a rain washed away any possible tracks. (From BFRO files.)

May 1994 -- Two men hiking the Escalante wilderness, near the town of Boulder, Utah, spot a huge white creature on a high ridge. It was paper white. The men didn't know what to make of it until years later when they became familiar with Bigfoot reports. (Source: Rocky Mountain Sasquatch Organization.)

Winter of 1993 -- Some residents in the Pole Patch Subdivision in Pleasant View reported they heard frightening, unearthly screams one night, along with smelling awful odors and sensing something dreadful.

1992 -- Something dragged around some heavy farm equipment at the Fish Farm in North Ogden. Around the same time -- 10 p.m. one night, an area woman heard some screams and something stomping area. A heavy horse gate is also found the new day, torn off its hinges.

Winter of 1992 -- Four different cars stop along the mouth of Parleys Canyon in Salt Lake County, to observe a large, upright creature walk slowly up the mountainside.


August 1991 --A Bigfoot is spotted by the back door of Jay Barker's parents in North Ogden.

Summer of 1991 -- Girl Scouts at a camp in Ogden Valley all suffer horrible feelings one night and some believe it was the influence of a Bigfoot nearby.

1991 — Some separate Bigfoot sightings reported by a number of residents in North Ogden. This included a report of a heavy horse gate being torn off the hinges and thrown dozens of feet away.


     
                         Ron Mower, the Utah man who saw Bigfoot 9 times.


1990-1968 -- A Utah man from Orangeville, Carbon County, Ron Mower, told the Deseret News he has seen Bigfoot nine different times, between 1968-1990. All of the sightings were in the High Uintas, south of Kings Peak, or in the Orangeville area. His latest and closest encounter was from 30 feet away in Fairview Canyon  in the winter of 1990, where his whole family of six also saw the creature in the middle of the road. The creature stood there for about 5 minutes in the car headlights. "At times, I think I've been singled out," Mower said. "People think you're crazy, but there's been a lot of activity ...They (Bigfoot) choose the time for when you can see them." Mower describes them as 7-foot-plus tall and more slender than most artists' renditions. They are black in color, sometimes with a hint of red. They have a human-like face, but it is covered with hair. They also reek of a terrible odor. Most of the creatures he saw looked back at him with a kind of "what-do-you-want?" stare. He said his experiences are a mixture of fright and curiosity. 

1990 -- Weird, piercing screams were heard one night near One Horse Canyon, North Ogden, by several area residents. Two employees at the Fish Farm in North Ogden also reported a Bigfoot sighting there.

1990s -- Rumors of Bigfoot sightings in the Ouray Indian Reservation in central eastern Utah surface. However, access to the area is restricted.

Fall 1989 -- Elk hunters in the James Canyon area, near Fairview, hear a very penetrating scream that lasts 10 seconds and repeats for two minutes during the early morning darkness. They had never heard anything like it before. Later, they replay a recording of an Ohio Bigfoot scream and it was very similar. (From BFRO files.) 

Oct. 19, 1988 --  Elk hunters in James Canyon, near Fairview, reported hearing what could have Bigfoot screams in a remote canyon. (From BFRO files.)

August 1998 -- A bowhunter in the Monte Cristo Area, east of Ogden Valley and near Six Bit Springs, notices an awful odor and decides to find its source. He comes across a dried out pond and see what he at first thought was a large tree stump in the middle of the clearing. Getting closer, he assumed it was a burnt out tree. However, its shape was odd, like a large person sitting with a black shawl around them. The shape would shift back and forth, like a person trying to get comfortable. The man became very frightened at this point and decided to leave the area quickly. It was like no animal he had seen before. Later, a dog at the campsite acted very strangely. (From BFRO files.)

February 1988 -- Ranchers near Garland see two Bigfoots near their lambing pens after dark. Soon after, many possible Bigfoot tracks are found in the area.


                       The South Fork of the Ogden River, tubing paradise, to Magpie.

October 1987 --Val Kapp visits the Magpie Campground alone, Deer hunting, on the South Fork of the Ogden River in Weber County. He crosses the bridge and soon hears a powerful growl the likes of which he has never encountered before. He cautiously continues along a trail until he can locate where the noise is coming from -- a thick area of brush and trees. He makes all kinds of noise to scare whatever it is out or away. No avail. Soon, two rocks -- the size of basketballs come rolling out of the thicket towards him. "That's all I needed," he said. "I just walked out as calmly and quickly as I could ... I just knew whatever it was wanted me to leave.I was only too happy to oblige." Kapp said he had hunted and fished alone for years, but this was the first time he ran into something unknown. Years later, he suspects a Bigfoot is what it may have been.

1985 -- A man hears what may have been multiple Bigfoot's screaming one night, near the Fish Farm in North Ogden.


Mid-1980s --Bob Taylor, who owns a tire store in Roy, said he was on an archery hunt in Scare Canyon, east of Ogden Valley, in the mid-1980s when he watched something roaming around and stepping over a wire fence as if it wasn't even there. He said what he saw fits Bigfoot descriptions.
"It's undeniable to me," he said. "I saw what I saw. … I've never seen anything like it."




                       The High Uintas, near the Mirror Lake Highway.

Sept. 1, 1983 -- Ryan Layton and Mike Adams of Layton camp in the Hoyt Peak area of the High Uintas. They try to imitate a Bigfoot scream. like one they heard in a recording a Montana rancher made. They an almost instant reply -- "an almost ungodly, sinister and weird scream" that chills them to the bone. Frightened, they left in their truck.

1983 -- A jogger in Farmington, near the city cemetery, spotted a Bigfoot early one morning.


                      The upper reaches of Snow Basin, near the Needles.


1983 -- Several men camping in the Wheeler Canyon area, near Snow Basin Ski Resort, encounter a creature with glowing red eyes. They leave in a hurry.

Oct. 31, 1982 -- A deer hunter on the top of the "Y" in the Wasatch Mountains above Provo, starts follow some tracks in the one-foot-deep snow. He soon realizes the tracks are from something barefoot, are huge and so far apart he can barely stretch that far. Just before sunset, as he clearly sees the toe marks in the prints, he becomes spooked and leaves the area. He spots more tracks on the way down the mountain. (From BFRO files.)

Early September 1982: A Sept. 22, 1982 Vernal Express newspaper account of a hike to Kings Peak of rocks being tossed into Kidney Lake at 3 a.m., frightening campers, echoes of typical Bigfoot behavior in the High Uintas. Comparing notes the next day with other nearby campers, the group discovered this happened a lot at night in that area. (Though the campers seemed to have no clue that could have very well been a Sasquatch experience ...)

-So, who don't some of those Bigfoot quest TV shows ever go somewhere like that?

Summer of 1982, North Ogden: According to Trent Nielsen:
"I was camping in my yard with my brothers (see above early 1980's. 1982 to be exact I was 12 yrs old) we were in a tent on the lawn adjacent to our house and we an exterior light was turned on from inside the home (approx 10:30pm) the creature layed down opposite side of the tent to hide from the light trapping my leg and shoulder under it. It wasn't until the light was turned off that the creature got up and left. We heard logs being scattered from our woodpile in the middle of the night and learned early that next morning that all 6 of our rabbits had been taken from their cages (blood in each cage). Later that day we found the remains of one of the bunnies on the hillside just above the cages. 
We lived just east of the trout farm on the mountain road and adjacent to the Coldwater neighborhood where most the stings took place. -Trent Nielsen."


1982 -- Several motorists along Beck Street in Salt Lake City reported seeing a hairy creature run across the highway during the early morning darkness.

January 1981 -- Leonard Howell and his son, Lester, find hunge barefoot tracks in the Uinta Mountains, near their logging camp. They tracks are 19 inches long and 11 inches wide. The man discounts them having been made by anything other than a Bigfoot. (From the Pleasant Grove Review, March 5, 1981.)


1981 — The police chief of Garland, Box Elder County, said he saw a creature run in front of his car. Several other residents also reported sightings and tracks were found that led in a northwest direction.


                   The Fish Farm in North Ogden, down from Coldwater Canyon.

1980 --There are numerous possible Bigfoot tracks found around the Cold Springs Fish Farm in North Ogden. One woman, Jay Barker's sister-in-law, living in that area reported something large and hairy -- with red eyes -- looking in her window late one night. She lived in a tall trailer and something had to be 8 feet tall to look inside. The fish farm also reported missing or partially eaten fish and strange smells over the years.
Some 30 people in a North Ogden neighborhood, near 2500 North and 1300 East, smelled an awful odor and converge on the streets. Some believed it was Bigfoot. 
Another North Ogden farmer reported four pigs missing from his pens. Later, he reported seeing a Bigfoot from 25 yards away with eye-to-eye contact, carrying one of his smaller pigs in hand. The man's gun jammed and would not fire. He reported the beast ran away, as fast as a horse, probably up Coldwater Canyon.  Later, the man tried to use the same bullet in the same gun and it did fire.


"Bigfoot apparently can't be killed, and he likes fish and pork," Jay Barker, who runs the North Ogden Fish Farm  said. "He exists. It's a mystery."
Barker found large footprints around the farm and several dozen fish scattered about the lawn.


"I have a cast, 14 inches long with five toes," he said, adding the creature took some of his fish.


                            The North Ogden Fish Farm area.

Early 1980s — A man from Lapoint, Uintah County, flying a small airplane from Ogden to his home one winter, reported seeing a large, hairy manlike creature walking through the deep snow of the High Uintas. Also, strange barefoot tracks are found in the Hardware Ranch area of Cache County. Some 10 footprints are found, with some having a stride up to 11 1/2 feet. 

   

                                   The Francis Peak Radar Station.

Early 1980s — One summer, Lee Fielding of Hooper, Weber County, who works for Utah Wildlife Resources, was camping in the Elizabeth Mountain area of the High Uintas. He reported that something stormed through his camp one night and scared all the horses away. The next morning, his horse would not go in a particular direction, and he met a group of hunters in a nearby camp who told him they were spooked by seeing what they described as a bigfoot. ... Another man reported being chased by some sort of creature while on his dirt bike, in the mountains behind the Francis Peak Radar Station. ... Indians in the Ouray Indian Reservation, near Roosevelt, reported spotting Bigfoot-like creatures in a particular canyon. However, they consider their territory sacred and do not allow outside investigations. They also have legends there creatures sometimes congregate in the Island Lake area of the High Uintas.


August 1980 --A church group of teens camping out in the Wasatch Mountains report hearing unearthly screams at 2 a.m. one night and smell a terrible odor. The next day they find large, barefoot tracks in the area.

August 1980 -- A woman driving over the Monte Cristo Summit one night sees a huge creature in the shadows, that walked into the forest.

Summer of 1980 -- An LDS Church Stake President from Vernal is camping with his family in the High Uintas. He spots something strange galloping up a nearby hill. Then, that night, he senses something near the tent and see the shadow of a very large hand press against the wall of the tent.

May 1980 — An Ogden couple picking asparagus along the Weber River near 12th Street and I-15 reported an 8-foot-tall black figure with glowing red eyes about 40 yards away. Several strange footprints also were discovered in a residential area of North Ogden.


May 1980 -- A man in Uintah, "Dallas" spots a Bigfoot. He said what he saw definitely wasn't human.


                             The canal in North Ogden.

Spring in early 1980s -- A North Ogden teenager claims he saw a Bigfoot running along the canal on the east side of North Ogden. Another area family on Mountain Road claimed Bigfoot threw logs off their woodpile, stole of their rabbits and scared kids camping on the lawn in a tent.

April 1980 — A 13-year-old Washington Terrace, Weber County, girl reported a hairy creature standing up with its back to her only 10 feet away in a gully near the Weber River. She also said she smelled a terrible odor and rushed home. Her brother, cutting oak brush nearby, also saw something "large and black" about the same time.



 The southern hillside of South Weber, just below the canal, now filled with streets and houses, but open land back in 1980 when Bigfoot made headlines.


February. 1980 — Bigfoot made news in Utah with numerous sightings in South Weber and the surrounding area. Paulene Markham said she saw something like bigfoot walking on a ridge behind their house; Ron J. Smith reported a creature in the moonlight in a pasture next to his house. He also said he heard it make an inhuman scream; Walter G. Ray said that a pan of burned stew set outside to cool was mysteriously licked clean; Possible bigfoot tracks were reported in the South Weber area; Lee Padilla of Clearfield reported seeing a 10-foot tall beast dart across Riverdale Road in front of his headlights at 3:30 a.m.; a Uintah man reported seeing something he described as nonhuman out a window of his home in the foothills. Edna Arave, of South Weber, said he heard loud, terrifying screams outside one night. She believes many residents saw or heard strange things that month that they didn't report, for fear of ridicule.


1980s -- Ute Indian legends surface of creatures, Sasquatches, throwing rocks in the Island Lake area of the High UintasAlso, about the same time, some men camping near the east arm of  Causey Reservoir, Weber County, east of Ogden Valley, saw a large hairy creature tossed rocks toward them one night.

1979 — Larry Darley of Clearfield was elk hunting with his wife in the fall near Monte Cristo east of Ogden. They later reported a loud noise and an "awful" odor at twilight. Mrs. Darley said she spotted a "hairy thing, with fangs" at a water hole 50 yards away through the rifle scope. They watched it for several minutes before rushing to their truck after the animal seemed to look at them.


1979 --A boater on Flaming Gorge takes a hike on some rocks along the shoreline and finds a remote water hole and a pine bed full of dead deer. He also hears some frightening screams in the area.

August 1978 -- Hikers descending from Timpanogos Peak, Utah County, reported seeing some sort of creature effortlessly climb up near the almost 11,800-foot summit.

December 1977: Kids in the town of Hunter (now West Valley City) fake "Bigfoot" prints around town. "Bigfoot just myth, Prints prove it" was a Dec. 15, 19777 headline in the Salt Lake Tribune.

Sept. 1977 -- Mike and Lynn are camping in Timber Canyon in Wasatch County. Roasting hotdogs around a fire, they independently each see a Saquatch in the distance, watching them. They are shocked. They later believe they smelled nothing because of the campfire smoke. The two men had also felt something was watching them before the sighting and felt they should leave the area right away.
Talking to a Forest Ranger, he said some bowhunters in the area had also reporteed seeing something "interesting."
The two men do not return to the site for some 25 years. They also find out that some people in Price have nicknamed an adjacent canyon, "Sasquatch Canyon." (From BFRO files.)

Aug. 22, 1977 — Eight hikers, including Jay Barker and Larry Beeson of North Ogden, were in the Cuberant Basin of the High Uintas Mountains and reported watching an 8- to-10-foot-tall creature with a mantle of white hair from 600 to 800 yards away for 20 minutes until some loose rock alerted it to their presence on a ridge. Later that night, at the group's camp, they hear weird screams and the sound of breaking timper. Then, something pushed against the tent where some young boys slept, collapsing it and then sat on it for several minutes, terrifying and temporarily trapping the occupants.
An expedition into the area a few days later found no tracks on very hard ground.

August 12, 1977 — Children in the town of Washington (near St. George) reported seeing a mammoth creature lurking through the town's streets. Later, strange footprints were found in the same area on many different nights. However, later, this was determined to be a prank as Ithamar Sprague confessed to faking the large footprints around town (From Color County Spectrum newspaper of Aug. 13, 1977.) Ironically, less than two weeks later, Utah's first major Bigfoot sighting took place in the High Uintas.


July 10, 1977 — Four adults, Mr.and Mrs. Robert Melka and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Rosenberg, in the Elizabeth Lake area of the High Uintas watched what they thought were three bigfoot  in a meadow for about 10 minutes.


1977 --Pre-dating the famous South Weber 1980 Bigfoot sightings, three years earlier, a young girl sees a large creature on the hillside behind her house. Lots of barefoot tracks are found later.


Sept, 15, 1976 -- "Kenny A" and a friend are hiking in the mountains east of Brigham City. One of the men spotted a creature from some 500 yards away, nearly 8-foot-tall, running in the area of where his friend was trying to get through some thick thorny bushes. The creature had dark reddish-brown hair with a white cap. The friend accidentally fired his shotgun in the thorns and Kenny saw the creature run the other away. The friend reported hearing loud moving sounds, but saw nothing.

Summer of 1976 -- Eighteen-inch bare footprints are found in the High Uintas, east of Hoyt Peak.

April 1975 -- A man rides a motorcycle to the top of Farmington Canyon to see how far he can go before reaching snow on the road. when he finally is stopped by a 8-foot-tall snowpile, he walks around some old miner's cabins (now gone) and finds some huge barefoot tracks, near a stream. (From BFRO files.)

March 15, 1975 --A man in the Tushar Mountains, northeast of Beaver, said he was stalked by a heavy, large dark figure one dark night. He fired his rifle near it and it had disappeared. He's not sure it wasn't a Sasquatch. (From BFRO files.)

Mid-1970s -- Some young men searching for deer near Mountain Road in North Ogden, shine a truck spotlight on the hillside and spot a dark creature that defied explanation.

1973 — Craig R. Johnson of Farr West, Weber County, was elk hunting with friends in the Manti-La Sal Mountains. After returning to camp, they reported something very powerful had lifted the door off a 300-pound horse trailer and tossed it 10 feet away. An imprint in the dust on the door didn't indicate a bear or a human.


1970s — Some residents of Clarkston, northwest of Logan, reported that something took a midnight trip through their community, awakening and frightening residents. A similar thing happened in the southern Utah town of Enterprise, where strange sounds one night spooked many residents.



Wheeler Canyon


Fall 1968 -- A woman living in a house in Wheeler Canyon, just below Pineview Dam in Ogden Canyon, said something with glowing red eyes was looking in her window one night. She had never heard of Bigfoot at the time. The creature didn't move, so she phone the police, saying she had an intruder. When the police arrived, they found nothing, but said he must have been very tall to peer through the lofty window. The woman's husband later laughed at her encounter and a week or so later, she moved out of that house. He husband later said a week or so after her experience, he saw a dark, hairy face looking into a window of the house. He thought "bear" and went for a gun. When he came back it was gone. He later realized a bear's snout would have prevented it from being so close to the glass of the window. (From BFRO files.)


Fall 1965 --Doug Wilson said he and two other men were traveling up the Powder Mountain road in Ogden Valley back searching for deer with a spotlight when they saw some sort of creature with eerie eyes.
"We never really decided what we saw," he said, explaining they rarely dared talk about it.

August 1964 -- Two boys hiking back to a family cabin at dusk in Big Cottonwood Canyon, Salt Lake County, felt they were being stalked, heard a big animal following them, and then an unearthly growl. They raced to the cabin and then heard the outhouse door outside open and close. No one else around. The next day, they found a weird pine bed a few miles from the cabin. (From BFRO files.)


Spring 1962 -- A family's children are playing hide and seek,in the Wasatch Mountains, off Highway 89 and east of Ogden. all alone, the boy spots a very large creature standing nearby. It is tall, dark and hairy. It is standing next to a tree watching him. Their eyes lock for a second. Then, the boy feels this is not a safe situation. He runs down the mountain and tells his father. He finds nothing. As they leave the area, the boy glances back up the mountain and sees the creature standing in the same place as before. Before he can tell his family, the car rounds a curve and the view is lost. The boy is terrified afterward of going into the forest alone. At the time, "Bigfoot" is not a widespread term. Later, seeing sketches of Bigfoot, he realizes that has to be what he saw.

1960s -- A possible Bigfoot sighting near Beaver, Utah, not far from I-15.

June 1950 - When a family arrived at their cabin in Big Cottonwood Canyon, as the snow had finally melted enough, the door was smashed in. They also found muddy, bare footprints all over the cabin. (From BFRO files.)

Late 1930s -- Workers on Pineview Dam in Ogden Valley, at the head of Shanghai Canyon saw a small hairy creature for many days in a row sitting on rock cliffs above them. They nicknamed him "Pedro" and never reported it. (Dave Carver talked to one of the workers a few years ago, now in his 80s, and heard the story.)


1919 -Utah's first reported "Big foot" was not a mysterious beast at all, either. It was a wolf. "Wily trapper seeks scalp of old 'Big Foot'" was a Sept. 5, 1919 headline in the Salt Lake Herald newspaper. The reward for killing the elusive wolf, who preyed on cattle and sheep in remote San Juan County, was $1,000. Some kind of foot injury gave the wolf a distinctive flatted foot and hence its "Big Foot" name.

1902 -- OK, this sighting isn't from Utah, it is about 70 miles over the state line into Idaho, but it is such an early, early detailed sighting by a large group. (And, the north end of the Wasatch Mountains are at Soda Point, just 15 or so miles from this happened):
-The Ogden Standard-Examiner had this headline on January 28, 1902:
"Frightened by a long-haired creature"
A party of young people were skating on the Portneuf River near Chesterfield, Idaho (Caribou County, north of Grace and Preston and northwest of Soda Springs) and reported being visited "by an eight-foot-all-hair covered human monster."
The creature was aggressive and held a large stick. The party fled in wagons.
However, some of the young men returned with guns and saw the creature warming itself by their fire.
The said it was at least eight-feet-tall and had long reddish hair. Even the face was covered with hair.
They chose not to shoot at it.
The next morning, many large naked tracks with only four toes were found in the area.
Stockmen in the area have said they have seen similar tracks along the river over the years, but this was the first report of anyone seeing the creature who made these tracks in the area.
Twenty men went out in search of the beast, to capture it, as many in the area felt unsafe now.
(I have many relatives in Grace and Pocatello, but have never been able to gleam any Bigfoot stories from any of them, so it was a surprise to find this account ...)
Note: Today Chesterfield in a tourist ghost town, only inhabited in the summer. The Pourtneuf River eventually runs through Lava Hot Springs, to the southwest.
--Below is a link one can cut and paste to read the newspaper account first hand:
http://udn.lib.utah.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/ogden7/id/45918/show/46036/rec/1210

1880s --Although Gorilla Ridge and Gorilla Creek in the Tushar Mountains, northeast of Beaver, are usually listed in the history books as having been named for an unshaven miner in the bushes at dusk, who appeared to be a gorilla, some locals have a different twist on the legend -- they believe early residents and miners saw Bigfoot in that area and so those two geographical features, as well as the Gorilla Mine were named after the beast -- with a gorilla being the closest known animal to what they saw.

1870s -- At the timber camp in Ephraim Canyon, during the construction of the Manti LDS Temple, there was an incident one night where men of the camp were terrified by some creature in the forest. It made strange noises, killed some of their dogs and frightened their horses. They finally started a bonfire and shot guns in the darkness to try and get it to leave. It did finally depart.


Sources: BFRO, Deseret News archives, Ryan Layton, Ryan Burns, Darrell Smith, Michael Slade, Dave Carver and personal interviews. 


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--Bigfoot sightings by county
According to the BFRO's own lists of sightings:

Beaver — 2

Box Elder — 1

Cache — 4

Carbon — 1

Daggett — 3

Davis — 4

Duchesne — 2

Emery — 2

Garfield — 2

Millard — 2

Morgan — 2

Piute — 1

Rich — 1

Sanpete — 1

Summit — 9

Uintah — 3

Utah — 9

Wasatch — 1

Weber — 10

Source: Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization

5 comments:

  1. Awesome and I'm sharing. I'll add a bunch more that I have. Thanks for sharing

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  2. I was camping in my yard with my brothers (see above early 1980's. 1982 to be exact I was 12 yrs old) we were in a tent on the lawn adjacent to our house and we an exterior light was turned on from inside the home (approx 10:30pm) the creature layed down opposite side of the tent to hide from the light trapping my leg and shoulder under it. It wasn't until the light was turned off that the creature got up and left. We heard logs being scattered from our woodpile in the middle of the night and learned early that next morning that all 6 of our rabbits had been taken from their cages (blood in each cage). Later that day we found the remains of one of the bunnies on the hillside just above the cages.
    We lived just east of the trout farm on the mountain road and adjacent to the Coldwater neighborhood where most the stings took place. -Trent Nielsen

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  3. I was camping in my yard with my brothers (see above early 1980's. 1982 to be exact I was 12 yrs old) we were in a tent on the lawn adjacent to our house and we an exterior light was turned on from inside the home (approx 10:30pm) the creature layed down opposite side of the tent to hide from the light trapping my leg and shoulder under it. It wasn't until the light was turned off that the creature got up and left. We heard logs being scattered from our woodpile in the middle of the night and learned early that next morning that all 6 of our rabbits had been taken from their cages (blood in each cage). Later that day we found the remains of one of the bunnies on the hillside just above the cages.
    We lived just east of the trout farm on the mountain road and adjacent to the Coldwater neighborhood where most the stings took place. -Trent Nielsen

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  4. The report about the eyes looking in the woman's trailer is a little off. It wasn't Jay Barker's sister it was his sister-in-law.

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  5. I was the person that heard the Sasquatch near Hoop Lake, High Uintas. I'll never forget that sound, or the cow moose that bolted from the heavy timber, looking behind itself.

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