This is regarding my time
spent on the Gorman Ranch (AKA the Skinwalker Ranch) in the
Uinta Basin in Utah from 2003-2005. I worked with a team
from an indendant company who was working with the National
Institute of Discovery Science (NIDS) team that had already
been there for a while.
Before I get into my experiences there, I should provide a
back story for those who are unfamiliar with the events
surrounding this place. Just an FYI, many of the names will
not be real names, as the majority of those involved wanted
to remain annonymous.
Back in the mid 90's (I believe it was 94-97) the Gorman
family purchased a large ranch in the Uinta Basin in Utah in
order to set up a ranch for their prized cattle. They had
moved from out of state (New Mexico I believe, but I can't
exactly remember) and brought the cattle with them. From day
one on the ranch they experienced several oddities that
would eventually cause them to sell the ranch.
On the first day there, as they were getting the first load
of cattle in the pen they saw a large wolf in the distance.
This was strange because there really aren't wolves in that
region. This was made all the stranger in that the wolf
approached them and acted like a tame dog, even allowing
them to pet it. Then, out of knowwhere, the wolf lunged at
one of the calfs in the pen that stuck it's head out between
the bars. Tom Gorman (the father) grabbed his rifle and
fired at the wolf. The wolf let the calf go, and just stood
their looking at the Gorman family before running away. Tom
and his sun tried to track the wolf, but they lost it in the
trees. They reported there was no blood at all, and wolf
didn't even act as though it had been hurt.
This was just their first day.
SO as I said before I was in highschool during the mid-90s,
and I really didn't know any of this crazy stuff was going
on there. I had a friend who's mother actually ran a
paranormal investigation company. I had always been
interested in that sort of thing, but I kind of remained
skeptical about a lot of it. I had seen UFO's, and while I
couldn't explain what I thought they were, I never really
thought it was an alien or anything like that.
Anyway, I started working with my friends mother and her
group my senior year in HS, which got me started researching
paranormal events. Mostly we just went to ghost sightings,
and "haunted" places. I never really saw anything too crazy
there, but I learned how to be objective in the face of what
some thought was parnormal activity.
Long story short, I kept in contact through college, and
eventually attended a big convention in the DC area with the
group. This would be where I would meet a man who would
later hire me to join his team on the Ranch.
Now we get to the meat. I would spend between a week and a
month on the ranch and surrounding areas then have 2 weeks
to a month off, then return back with my team. I was thereon
and off from 2003-2005.
Now, any of you who know much about the ranch know that by
the early 2000's most of the events had died down. There
were no more missing animals, no crazy sounds, or weird
monsters in the darkness. the NIDS team continued to monitor
the ranch, but short of the occasional UFO sighting or
strange ball of light off in the distance there wasn't much
to report. By the time I got there (August of 2003) it was
like sitting on any old farm. We would just hang out, play
cards, and monitor equiptment for any magnetic anomalies. I
remember on time on my second visit I saw some lights in the
sky in the distance, and I got really excited, but it turned
out to be an airplane.
So life went on like that for a while. I would go to the
ranch or the surrounding areas, monitor the equiptment,
answer phones, feed the cattle and dogs.
A couple of times I had just missed an event by a day or so.
I would get to the ranch and some of the team members would
tell me that the night before I missed a "fly by" (a UFO).
After the 4th time going there I had begun contemplating
whether or not I wanted to keep doing this. I was just
getting bored and the travel was getting to be a bit much.
When I signed on I had such high hopes. I didn't think that
my job would amount to me being a glorified ranch hand.
Also, please note I didn't say I was ON the NIDS team. I was
working with them. Once things started to die down on the
ranch NIDS pulled a lot of their members off the ranch. They
always had a a few members on, but they also brought in some
outside teams as well. A lot of what went on there in the
mid 2000's wasn't really reported on, because, with a few
exceptions, not much really went on.
Anyway, on May 23, 2004 I finally had my first experience.
Almost a years worth of ranch work, and finally it paid off
and in quite a big way.
It was a bit past dinner time and we were sitting in the
NIDS trailer. Outside the dogs started going nuts. I had
never heard them acting like that before. So I looked out my
window and saw light being shined on the dog pen.
I walked out with 2 of the other guys and we saw a ball of
light buzz by the dog pen and off through the field toward a
line of trees. After a couple hundred yards the ball curved
in and flew off in a different direction and then just
winked out. Poof! Just like that. My mind was BLOWN! I had
finally seen something worth noting.
This was the first experience I had. It only lasted about 45
seconds, but it made everything up to that point worth it!
A few days later on that same visit I saw one of the fabled
black triangles that had been seen a lot during hey day of
the activity on the ranch. It was just after dusk so the sky
wasn't completely dark and got a call from one of the
"neighbors" (someone who lived near by) saying that they had
just seen a UFO and it was headed in our direction. We all
were out looking at the sky and in a very short amount of
time we saw a completely silent black triangle with one
white light in the center. It didn't fly directly over us,
but we did observe it flying over the property and then it
flew off into the distance. It wasn't as cool as the ball of
light we saw, but it did show that there was something to
all of this UFO stuff. After that sighting I wouldn't see
anything again until early 2005.
Ok ,I'm going to try to finish off my experiences in the
next 2 posts. As I mentioned before I left the ranch team in
2005. But I got a lot luckier in 2005 than I did in the
other year and a half that I was there. Nothing too crazy
though, I didn't see monsters or get abducted or anything,
but there was one experience that was just too much for me
that happened toward the end of the summer in 2005. I'll get
to that, but first I'll run down what else I experienced.
Feb 12 2005. I remember it well because it was 2 days before
Valentine's day and it was to be the first v-day that my
(then) girlfriend and I would spend apart. This day was one
of the most eventful days I spent at the ranch. It had been
a typical day. I walked the grounds, fed the dogs, checked
the fenced perimeter and started to head back to the
trailer. I decided I'd walk along the creek to get back. As
I was walking I looked down and there was a large perfect
circle cut out of the ice. I was told something similar had
happened before, but the last time it was a circle cut into
the ice about a half inch. This time all the ice in the
circle was removed. There were no foot prints on either side
of the creek bed, and the ice wasn't cracked at all. Just a
perfect circle taken out of the ice.
Normally I wouldn't have been bothered by something like
this. I may not have even noticed, but because of all the
other crazy stuff that has gone on, I took note, but didn't
get too excited. I came back like one of the NIDS guys know
what I saw, and he went and checked it out, took some notes,
and that was that.
When I got back I put my jacket on the back of a chair and
put the keys to the dog pen on the desk, then sat down to
eat some lunch, I was the only one in the trailer at this
time, as the other guys were checking out the ice circle.
About 20 minutes later I heard some excited voices and I
went out to check what was up. The team was returning, but
they were all looking up into the sky. As I looked up into
the gray february sky there was solid black orb or ball
shaped thing flying around. It was pretty high up, but it
was doing aerial sommersaults. We watched it for about 3-5
mintues before it just stopped and the kind of faded away.
I'm really not sure how else to describe it.
So we were all excited about what we just saw and were
obviously talking about it. The day wore on and we were all
abuzz with what had gone one that day. As night started to
fall it was time to feed the dogs again. The keys to their
pen were nowhere to be found though, even though I KNOW I
put them back where they always went, right on the desk. Yet
they were not there. We looked in the desk, under the desk.
other places in the trailer. I even triple checked all of my
pockets. Gone. So I offered to retrace mysteps to find the
keys. I still couldn't find them. While I had been out they
continued searching to no avail. I got back a little while
later, and walk into the trailer, only to find that the keys
were exactly where I had left them. I thought it was prank,
but everyone was seriously surprised that they had been just
sitting on the desk in plain view even though we were all
looking EVERYWHERE fore them.
That's really it for that day. I'll finish shortly. Gotta
get some work done.
Before going back into my story I'll address the evidence
questions. I know it's going to sound hard to believe, but
whatever is behind this stuff, does not want to leave
evidence behind. The NIDS team set up 2 groups of video
cameras on telephone poles. They had a camera that was
angled so that it could see part of the field as well as the
other cameras. The wires on the cameras were torn out at one
point, and the camera that was facing them had the whole
thing on video, but there was nothing that could be seen.
The feed on the cameras ended around 8 o'clock so they
reviewed the recording from the other camera to see if they
could get a visual on what had done it, and nothing was on
tape at all.
They tried to photograph UFOs and the balls of light, but on
film they just appeared as blurs. At one point (before I was
there) a couple members of the NIDS team said they witnessed
a portal open up in the ground and something crawled out if
it. They tried to take pictures, but all they got back was a
picture of a dim orange light on the ground. Not exactly top
notch evidence, ya know? Someone did take a picture of the
black triangle, but nothing substantial could be seen in the
For those who think I might be making this stuff up to avoid
presenting evidence, do some research on the ranch. You'll
see what I'm talking about. Even if we did have photographic
evidence though, do you really think they would have allowed
me to bring it back with me?
Since I wasn't a member of the NIDS team I have no idea what
was done with the photos, and the only photos I saw were
really blurry. They were taken with a digital camera and the
only time I saw them were in viewing them on the camera's
screen. Even though I was there helping with the day to day
stuff, I wasn't privy to what they were doing with the notes
they took, or the pictures that were taken. A lot of the
stuff that went down at the ranch I heard from second hand
sources. At times it felt a lot like going to summer camp
and sitting around a fire telling stories.
to be honest I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of the stuff
was being supressed. What happened on the above mentioned
day was never reported (the black orb thing), and what I'll
explain happened later on while I was there was definately
never reported to any outside sources. I heard a lot of 2nd
hand stories from NIDS members that I have yet to read in
print or on the net anywhere. There is some seriously crazy
stuff that happened there, even after NIDS arrived. Most of
it occured from 99-2001.
It does sound pretty similar, but it was completely silent.
I'm not saying that it wasn't a b2 though. I'm not an
specialist at all. All I know is that there had been lots of
talks of black triangles that had been seen, and I saw one
of them. I would have to assume that the NIDS team would
have been able to tell the difference between a known
aircraft, and an unknown aircraft, but maybe I'm giving them
too much credit.
Ok, I supposed I'll wrap this thing up. Since nothing HUGE
happened until I decided to leave I'll just gloss over it.
There were mostly strange sounds, dogs acting strange, and
the occassional light in the distance. Nothing TOO weird
happened until one night in mid september 2005.
In the trailer it was just me and one of the NIDS guys. We
were just sitting around playing cards. Suddenly at the
exact same moment the air felt electrical (it's the only way
I can put it) and the dogs outside started going nuts again,
but this time they sounded scared, with yelping and whinning
and the like. I got up from my seat to look out the window,
but I didn't see anything. I looked over at my partner, and
he looked kind of dazed.
I started to heard a sort of faint buzzing sound, and then
it repeated itself. My partner kind of nodded and said "We
need to go outside". So I followed him out of the trailer
and he looked up into the sky. I also looked up and at first
I didnt see anything. After scanning for a few seconds, I
did notice a spot in the sky that was somehow darker than
the sky. I couldn't make out an exact shape, but I could
tell something was there.
He was looking straight up at what I though was some sort of
object in the sky. He told me he could hear it, but I didn't
hear anything at all at this point. I'll never forget his
face. It was almost a look of awe, but also kind of
trance-like. After about a minute to 2 minutes there was a
quick bright flash of light in the sky. The electrical
feeling in the air was gone, and the dark object was also
He turned to me and told me that they had spoken to him.
This is going to be so hard for most of you to believe, and
I wouldn't have believed it had I not been there. He told me
(I'm paraphrasing because I don't remember word for word
what he said) that they knew what we were doing there, and
that they were doing the same thing, only our roles were
reversed. He said that they told him that they have the
advantage, and we cannot stop them from doing whatever they
want to do. They also told him something like they were
going back to work. I wish I could remember the way he
worded it though. It was really chilling.
Had I not been present for that I highly doubt I would have
believed a word of it, but the look on his face, and the way
he related to me what had been said to him made me a true
believer. I'm not ashamed to admit that I was terrified
after that, and when that week was over I decided I was
going to leave the ranch and not go back.
I know that it sounds ridiculous, especially the last part,
but it scared the hell out of me, and there is no doubt in
my mind that this guy was for real. I heard that someone
else had claimed they heard them as well, but I really
didn't know whether or not to believe them. As soon as I
witnessed this guy though, I did believe.
There is some seriously scary stuff out there, and the world
is a lot bigger than we tend to think it is.
Based on what I heard from others that had been there a long
time, they seem to think that it's not aliens from outter
space, but maybe something crossing over from another
dimension. I was listening to one of the phsyicists talk
about it one night over dinner, and he was explaining how 2
universes could overlap each other and take up the same
space, and that sometimes the barrier between the 2 could be
crossed. I really don't have much of a mind for science, so
to be honest a lot of what he was saying really went over my
head, but I remember him talking about universes taking up
the same space.
As an example for those of us that weren't on his level he
put to pieces of paper together to represent the 2 universes
and then punched a hole in one of them so that the other
paper was visiable. The hole represented a breach in the
barrier between the 2 universes
He also talked about how he didnt think they were from
outerspace, because of how difficult space travel is.
I kind of agree with that. I just don't think that something
would travel through outerspace just to mess with people and
kill their animals. I can understand that maybe the breach
in the 2 universes is only in that region, so that is why
there is activity in and around the area. It's a matter of
convinience for them maybe? I really don't know what to
think about it though.
I'm also kind of wondering about the bigfoot sightings in
the area and the poltergeist like activity that was reported
to take place on the ranch.