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Stories and Theories About 'The Skinwalker Ranch' 

Juliet Bennett Rylah
Updated March 5, 2019 7.9k votes 1.9k voters 434.9k views 15 items

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The Skinwalker Ranch is a weird place. Located near Ballard, Utah, it's long been the source of tales of monsters, space ships, and other bizarre phenomenon. Native Americans in the area believe the ranch is plagued by evil creatures known as Skinwalkers, while others claim to have seen UFOs, crop circles, and unexplainable lights. A family that lived on the ranch for two years in the '90s reported several strange incidents, including animal mutilation and disappearances as well as UFO sightings. 

Some Skinwalker conspiracies suggest the government made contact with extraterrestrials and is covering everything up. Other theories assert that the ranch is home to a portal similar to the Hellmouth, which allows for interdimensional travel. 

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The Muscular Hyena
The Muscular Hyena is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Stories and Theories About 'The Skinwalker Ranch'
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The family reported seeing a number of bizarre animals, including a beast that looked similar to a hyena on steroids. According to journalist George Knapp, they saw the creature accosting one of their horses before it disappeared, leaving behind only claw marks on the horse's legs. 

This same animal may have been seen by others. The wife of a local cop noticed a similar creature at Skinwalker, and a visitor to the ranch spotted a brutish animal that ran 100 yards in a matter of seconds and roared loudly.

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The Skinwalkers
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The Ute tribe believes Skinwalkers inhabit the land surrounding the ranch. Skinwalkers are evil witches who can turn into animals such as owls, wolves, foxes, and coyotes. A regular witch becomes a Skinwalker by terminating a family member. Little else is known about them, as the Ute don't like to discuss them. 

For a 2002 article for the Las Vegas Mercury, George Knapp spoke with Junior Hicks, who had cataloged a number of paranormal events in the area. Hicks explained: 

[The Utes] think the Skinwalkers are powerful spirits that are here because of a curse that was put on them generations ago by the Navajos. And the center of the whole legend is this ranch. The Utes say the ranch is the path of the skinwalker. Tribe members are strictly forbidden from setting foot on the property. It's been that way for a long time.

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The Dark One
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According to, a website documenting all the entities encountered at the ranch, the Dark One is extremely rare. This being is possibly human, a shaman trapped in an alternate timeline. Those who have seen the Dark One describe him as a silent Native American peering through the portal to another dimension.

Some believe that this "Dark One" shaman opened the portal.  

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A Portal To Another Dimension
A Portal To Another Dime... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Stories and Theories About 'The Skinwalker Ranch'
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Few have claimed to have encountered a mysterious portal, but those who have say it appears in the form of bright orange or blue light that lasts for about 10 seconds at a time and hovers 500 to 1,000 feet in the air. The theory is the orange portal allows beings to pass into and out of our world from another dimension, while the blue allows vehicles to pass.

If true, this could be how the bulletproof werewolves and massive hyenas entered and vanished from the ranch.

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