Skinwalker Ranch, “The Strangest Place On Earth!”

First Published: May 10, 2017 Last updated: September 19th, 2020 Written by: Marcus Lowth Estimated Reading Time: 7 minutes Posted in: Conspiracy, Unsolved & Unexplained

Home to a plethora of strange activity and sightings is relatively little known about “Skinwalker Ranch” – labeled by one researcher as “the strangest place on Earth!” Perhaps all the more interesting about this secretive place is that it has deep ties to secretive government projects.

The entrance to Skinwalker Ranch.

The entrance to Skinwalker Ranch.

The ranch sits in the small town of Ballard, Utah. It has been the subject of serious paranormal investigation for over half a century. However, accounts of strange activity on this land goes back as far as recorded history. Perhaps even further when you consider the indigenous tribes and their oral accounts. For their part, they consider the land under a curse.

There have been several well-known UFO sightings over the area. Arguably one of the most widely reported incidents occurred in 1978. A huge saucer-shaped object – witnessed by several people – hovered directly over Skinwalker Ranch. It would remain there for several minutes before disappearing.

Skinwalker Ranch found itself in the mainstream again thanks to the 2013 movie, “Skinwalkers”. While the story is complete fiction, the background and specific events base themselves entirely on years of research, and local legend of the area.

The video below is the trailer for the 2013 film on the events at the ranch.

George Knapp

The name “Skinwalker” is a creature known in Native American legends who has the ability to shapeshift into “any animal they desire!” The land where the infamous ranch resides is rich with such creatures. In fact, the whole land, according to Native American tribes, is a place of strange activity.

Perhaps the first journalist to begin to seriously investigate the ranch is leading UFO researcher, George Knapp. The ranch was a recent purchase of the Sherman family (and is sometimes referred to as Sherman Ranch). Noticing bizarre and terrifying activity, they reached out to Knapp, and his fellow investigator, Colm Kelleher, to investigate.

They experienced strange flashing lights over their land and strange voices that would speak to them “out of thin air!” Furthermore, the voices always spoke in a bizarre language that was unknown to them.

Over a dozen of their cattle were subject to precise cattle mutilation. Even three of their family dogs would “disappear right in front of them!” while chasing an orb-like light. Perhaps most startling of all was the night Terry Sherman looked out of his window. In front of him was a “huge spaceship – about the size of multiple football fields!”

Knapp and Kelleher would witness for themselves “strange creatures with glowing red eyes!” Perhaps even more chilling, these creatures appeared unhurt when fired upon. They would also notice bizarre magnetic readings, as well as the glowing orbs that the Shermans claimed to have seen.

The Shermans, following Knapp’s and Kelleher’s investigation, would eventually sell the site to a billionaire businessman, Robert T. Bigelow, who had a vast interest in the paranormal, as well as vast wealth to conduct independent research.

Before we look at Bigelow, the short video below looks at the basics of Skinwalker Ranch.

Robert T. Bigelow and NIDS

At around the same time that Bigelow purchased the ranch from the Sherman family in 1996, he also invested multiple millions of dollars into the National Institute for Discovery Science – known as NIDS. The purchase of Skinwalker Ranch would allow them, to study the multiple amounts of paranormal activities. According to Knapp and Kelleher, this would be done in secret.

Bigelow did indeed turn the ranch into an “interactive” research facility. He would position cameras all over the ranch and surrounding land. Every acre was under at least one camera, twenty-four hours a day. Research teams would also work around the clock – in particular, they were investigating any extra-terrestrial activity.

Initial reports revealed an abundance of strange activity, stating in one section that the objects they had witnessed “were not consistent with covert American military aircraft!”

However, by 2004, Bigelow struggled to continue to fund the project, and the program eventually shut down. Bigelow though still owns the ranch and the land around it. This means, for all intents and purposes, he is still in charge of any research, that might go ahead. And for it to go ahead, it is Bigelow who has to grant permission.

As we will look at in a moment, some of the business ties that followed would raise an eyebrow or two as to his real motivation for shutting down the project on Skinwalker Ranch.

Before look at that a little further, check out the video below. It features people’s first-hand accounts of the ranch, as well as some “in-the-field” footage.

Too Close For “Government’s” Comfort?

Given that the initial NIDS findings suggested very much a UFO connection to the strange happenings at Skinwalker Ranch, and the fact that Bigelow himself had stated to the media that he had some “pretty strong convictions” of the “authenticity and existence” of such things, it is strange that he should suddenly shut the project down, and more to the point, not allow any other party to conduct any research on the land.

Some believe that he was, in fact, too close to “the truth!” So close, that he would receive an “offer” to close down the research.

Bigelow would move into the Space Tourism field – an area he had little experience in. That didn’t seem to stop him obtaining some lucrative contracts from NASA for his new company, Bigelow Aerospace.

Skinwalker Ranch

Skinwalker Ranch, cabin

Maybe Bigelow have shut down the research at Skinwalker Ranch in return for these contracts? Might he be developing extra-terrestrial technology and wisdom from studies at the ranch to use in the space tourism industry? Might the ranch become a testing ground for such technology?

As a company, Bigelow Aerospace rarely acknowledge the research that took place at Skinwalker Ranch. One of the only statements, in a rather mocking and tongue-in-cheek response as to the reason for the sudden end to the research, was “maybe he (Bigelow) wanted to leave the aliens in peace!”

Many people still flock to the boundaries of the area, and many strange reports of sightings still surface.

Hope Of Findings With New Owner!

The ranch would undergo a change of ownership in 2016 when real estate owner and billionaire businessman, Brandon Fugal purchased it. And his reasons for the purchase were similar to the previous owner. It was his desire to bring the most advanced scientific research team to the location in order to attempt to understand the bizarre activity. However, unlike the secrecy surrounding the previous owners time, the new owner also promises to disclose all of the findings fully to the public. Indeed, we have already seen the television series looking at recent activity.

Map of Skinwalker Ranch

Map of Skinwalker Ranch

Not only is Fugal looking to get to the bottom of the sightings of strange creatures and the multiple UFOs, but he also plans to test the most advanced gravitational propulsion systems and techniques, perhaps even harnessing the strange power of the location. Indeed, such a discovery of how to use the planet’s own natural energy would surely be groundbreaking in itself.

We have written of several locations around the world that the ancients appeared to know were special places of natural energy. Might Skinwalker Ranch be one of these places? A place that following whatever civilization might have once lived here in pre-history has since become a place of uncontrolled releasing of such energy? Only time will tell if such notions – however speculative they might be – prove to be true.  And if the timeline Fugal has in mind also proves reliable and accurate, we should have such findings within the next decade.

Forbidden Digging

Whatever research does take place, one thing the researchers are not advised to do is to dig into the ground on the land. In fact, it is forbidden to do so. And according to the accounts of the area, those who have gone against this unwritten rule have suffered bizarre and sometimes painful consequences.

For example, one workman went ahead and dug into the land would notice a short time later that all of his tools were simply missing. He was even more surprised several days later when he discovered them neatly positioned high up in the trees.

Gates At Skinwalker Ranch

Gates At Skinwalker Ranch

Another worker on the ranch suffered even more concerning payback for attempting to dig a hole for a fence post. Shortly after, he would begin to suffer intense headaches before eventually collapsing. When he was looked at by medical staff it was found that he had a bizarre and sudden swelling of the skull. He would eventually recover from this mystery condition, and while there is no clear evidence that it was not just coincidence, it is certainly strange and chilling nonetheless.

If we accept that these strange incidents are indeed some kind of chilling reaction to the forbidden activity, what might the reasons be? Might they be nothing more than some kind of mischievous spirits toying with the living? Or might there be some deeper, unknown paranormal reason behind it? Perhaps only further research and a willingness to dig further, both figuratively and literally.

Might There Be A Real Curse On The Land?

Perhaps we should stay with the land itself for a moment as many of the local tribes who have lived in the region for generations claim it is cursed. And the sheer volume of strange incidents that have been recorded as taking place there would certainly appear to back that up.

There does appear to be a legitimate and traceable story behind the legends of a curse. According to local accounts, the land itself was at the center of a dispute between indigenous tribes of the area at some stage in the early years of the formation of the American government.

Gate at Skinwalker Ranch

Gate at Skinwalker Ranch

The two tribes embroiled in the row – the Ute tribe and the Navajo tribe – would fail to reach an agreement. However, it was when the Ute tribe actively sided with the American government (essentially, foreign invaders to the indigenous tribes of America at the time), the Navajo would response by placing a curse on the entire region.

Whether this curse was indeed responsible for the plethora of strange activity that has taken place since is perhaps open to debate. However, neither of the tribes set foot on the land to this very day. Perhaps the curse, in whatever way it can be understood, unleashed the powers of the region, perhaps even opening or portal for strange creatures and vehicles to reach our realm of existence from theirs.

What Might Skinwallkers Be?

Regardless of what we might think the explanation might be for the strange activity at Skinwalker Ranch, that strange activity takes places there is surely without a doubt. Why, though, does the location attract a whole host of strange activity? For example, rather than merely being a UFO hotspot, or a stretch of land that is haunted or cursed, or where strange creatures might be seen at night, all of these bizarre and chilling events take place here.

What makes Skinwalker Ranch a hotspot for such paranormal and supernatural events? In truth, only further study followed by open and transparent results will suffice in getting anywhere close to those answers. And if we should one day solve even a small part of the mystery at Skinwalker Ranch, it will most likely lead to an overall better understanding of the universe around us.

Might we, for example, begin to understand what exactly UFOs are, where they are coming from, and why? Might our understanding of such things as ghosts and hauntings suddenly become clear to us, which in turn might place before our eyes what awaits us on “the other side”.

We might also go on to find that there other such locations that are hives for all manner of strange activity all around the world. Indeed, if we agree that our world and, in turn, our collective reality is being visited by all manner of strange entities and energies that we don’t understand, then these locations might prove to be of the utmost importance.

You can check out the short video below. It is a 12-hour live stream taken at the ranch.


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About Marcus Lowth

Marcus Lowth is a writer with a love for UFOs, aliens, and the Ancient Astronaut Theory, to the paranormal, general conspiracies and unsolved mysteries. He has been writing and researching with over 20 years experience. Marcus has been Editor-in-Chief for several years due to his excellent knowledge in these fields. Marcus also regularly appears as an expert on radio talk shows including Troubled Minds and Unexplained Radio discussing these topics.

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