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Myths and Haunted Places in Utah and the Terrifying Stories Behind Them

Tis the season of ghosts, haunts, and paranormal phenomena. To get you in the Halloween mood, here is the first of our six part series about myths and haunted places in Utah and the terrifying stories behind them.

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Skinwalker Ranch- The Terrifying Story

Kenna Wagner

Kenna's career is dedicated to exceeding the buyer’s expectations and to always do what is right for the customer...

Kenna's career is dedicated to exceeding the buyer’s expectations and to always do what is right for the customer...

Oct 4 3 minutes read


Skinwalker Ranch

Sherman Ranch, also known as Skinwalker Ranch, has been reported as a hub for paranormal activity ranging from UFO sightings to strange beasts with red eyes. This 500-acres of isolated land located between Ballard and Vernal, Utah, abuts a Ute Indian Reservation. The lore around Skinwalker Ranch inspired a series of investigative articles and later a book describing how the National Institute for Discovery Science acquired the ranch to investigate the strange phenomenon, and the History Channel announced earlier this summer that it plans to create a series looking at the bizarre occurrences surrounding the ranch in a series called “The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch.”

The Sherman family acquired the ranch in the 1990s, but Native American myths of skinwalkers, witches with the ability to shapeshift into various animals, have haunted the region for centuries. Before the Sherman family inhabited the ranch, the spot became known as “UFO Alley,” and the Desert News reported in 1978 that nearby residents spotted a dome-shaped UFO over the ranch that was surrounded by a glowing green light.

The supernatural activity didn’t end when the Sherman family inhabited the ranch. The family reported doorways of light appearing in midair, cattle that vanished, animals mutilated on their property, crop-circle-like patterns in the surrounding fields, unidentified flying objects or orbs, and invisible objects emitting destructive magnetic fields.

While investigating the disappearance of cattle, one man reportedly saw a large beast, like a wolf but larger, harassing cattle near the ranch. The man fired a bullet at the creature. Though the bullet struck the creature, it didn’t even slow down. The man shot at the creature numerous times, but the animal escaped seemingly unscathed.

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