Also known as Sherman Ranch, Skinwalker Ranch is a property located on approximately 512 acres of Ballard, Utah. The ranch is well-known for its fantastic tales of UFOs, cattle mutilations, Sasquatch sightings, and a skinwalker of a Navajo legend concerning malevolent witches.
Skinwalker Ranch History
Claims about the ranch first appeared in 1996 in Utah Deseret News newspaper but the earliest mention of unexplainable phenomena in the region is from the late 1700s. Looking for the Spanish Trail, explorers reported seeing a craft in the sky over their campfires at night.
A nearby U.S. Army fort, Fort Duchesne, was part of the reservation country because it was surrounded on three sides by the Uintah-Ouray Ute Reservation. Even so, the Navajo claimed the basin in the early 19th century, along with what would be the future ranch site, as their own. The Dine — what the Navajo called themselves — thought the freshwater and ideal hunting grounds were a paradise.
Eventually, the Ute attacked and sold the Dine to the Spanish as slaves as they reclaimed their territory. The Dine supposedly retaliated with a curse. This curse was in the form of a spirit that could shapeshift from a wolf to a human to anything else it wanted. In other words, a skinwalker.
What’s Really Going On?
Since the 1950s, there have been claims and sightings of numerous anomalous events as well as strange activity. For centuries, owners of Skinwalker Ranch, along with locals, have reported that it has been the site of mysterious crop circles, animal mutilations, and alien abductions.
Due to a large number of reported alien spacecraft sightings in the area surrounding the ranch, it has been nicknamed “UFO Alley.” Ever since the 1950s, researchers have conducted numerous studies to attempt to figure out what exactly was going on. Right after the current owner purchased the ranch in 2016, he had a “command center” built to support further research.
There are speculations about the truth behind the ranch, but one thing is for sure — there are strange events that go on at the Skinwalker Ranch.