Desert Apes

West (Texas) Regional Bigfoot Sightings  by Sharon Cornet 

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Bigfoot article from the El Paso Times 

(Horizon City lies on the SE end of El Paso)

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El Paso Franklin Mountains and Desert


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Desert Apes Intro | My Son and Nephew's Bigfoot Sighting Near Las Cruces, NM | EP Times: Some residents believe in Horizon City's monster | Horizon City Bigfoot Sighting | Caves under Horizon City? | Possible Cattle Mutilations Connection | 6 Local Possible Bigfoot Sightings | Pictures of Horizon City Bigfoot Sighting Area | 7 MORE Bigfoot Sightings | 1973 Bigfoot Sighting | 1975 Bigfoot Footprints Found | Bigfoot Screams Heard in Cloudcroft, NM | Additional Reportings for Map | "Tailless Monkey" Seen in El Paso Desert | Three Rivers Bigfoot Sighting | Ruidoso BFRO Expedition and Possible Second Three Rivers Sighting | Plotted Map of El Paso Area PLUS Geology Maps  

NOTE: This page was made when Sharon Cornet lived in El Paso, TX (she moved to Washington state in 2010)

Desert Apes Introduction

I honestly never thought that my paranormal (UFO) investigations would lead to Bigfoot (other than general interest), but after my son's sighting (and my nephew with him, also having heard the creature) it was inevitable that the tide had turned and that bigfoot was now to become a much more commonly spoken of - and sought after - creature in our lives.  The Native Americans of this country have many different names for Bigfoot, Sasquatch being only one of them.  The Sioux have called Bigfoot "elder brother" or "big brother" and claim that when such a creature is spotted, that major change is about to occur in your life.  For us, this could not be more true!

Who would have thought that Bigfoot, who is well known to hide deep in the forests all over the planet, would be seen in the dry southwest desert?  But that is exactly where our family's first sighting occurred!  I have since discovered, through the help of the Texas Bigfoot Research Center (TBRC) and the Bigfoot Research Organization (BFRO) that there are many other more current sightings in the El Paso regional area, as well as many past sightings, especially in the Franklin Mountains (esp. near Anthony Gap), the Hueco Mountains, south of El Paso in the valley which is more near the Rio Grande river, as well as north towards the Mescalero Indian Reservation and Las Cruces, NM.  Bigfoot is rarely thought to wander far from the forest, but it seems that he/she has done so, and on more than one occasion!  Possibly even living out in desert caves, in the dryer mountains, or other hidden places.

I am going to include below a number of sightings and reports.  Some are from the past and some more recent.  All data on dates and locations will be included.  Names are given where known or allowed.  Please keep reading to the bottom as there is a map where I've plotted approximate locations of Bigfoot sightings.  This page will continue to be updated as new information arrives and is placed here.  Some of these can be found on the TBRC or BFRO websites as well.  All sources are listed.  It's all rather fascinating!  Read on....


My Son and Nephew's Bigfoot Sighting Near Las Cruces, NM 

Submitted by Sharon Eby & Investigated by TBRC


Submitted by witness on Wednesday, December 5, 2001.

DATE: Nov. 24, 2001

SEASON: Winter

STATE: New Mexico

NEAREST TOWN: Las Cruces, NM, just north of El Paso, TX.

OBSERVED: We were camping for Thanksgiving week. There were 3 adults, 2 teenagers and 2 small children. My 14 yr old son was outside in the night getting me something from our SUV when he turned to see what he described as an 8' tall humanoid shaped figure walking south in the half-moonlight. He had no flashlight to look closer but when he saw it/him/her (I'll just call it an "it") he got scared and ran into the trailer where we all were. The weather was fairly cold (just a little above freezing if I remember right) and it was just after a sandstorm had passed through the two days before. All was clear with few clouds in the sky that night. Once inside he told us and we laughed and thought he was joking so we suggested that perhaps, because of it's size, that it was Bigfoot. I have a friend who knows/knew some people and had heard of at least 4 Bigfoot sightings in the El Paso Franklin Mountain area over the last decade or so, especially in the "Anthony Gap" pass on the north side of the Franklin Mountains outside of El Paso... so anyway, it was not unheard of to know of Bigfoot sightings in the desert even though they usually live in forested areas. We have, within an hours drive of there, many forested and wooded areas in the mountains all over New Mexico and it is not a far reach to think they would roam outside their territory on occasion... especially in the dark of night.

So after we got a good laugh my nephew, age 18, took his flashlight and they stood just outside the trailer looking to see if they could see this 8' tall figure my son claimed to have seen. Just then, although they didn't see anything, they heard a very large growl, like a warning sound or angry sound type growl, along with a shuffling of the dirt, or digging of the dirt with a foot(?) which reminded my nephew of a bull scraping the dirt with it's foot just before it runs towards you. The boys both freaked out completely and ran inside the trailer falling down and slamming the door behind them all at the same time. They were yelling and absolutely CONVINCED that whatever it was that was outside made the growl. I asked a series of questions, still not believing that they weren't trying to fool us, and I could plainly see that Derek was totally freaked out and absolutely unwilling to go outside anymore. He was truly afraid... it was then that I realized it was real. I suddenly got this feeling that we were in danger, although I had not heard of a Sasquatch /Bigfoot attacking anyone before (except once when the stupid people threw rocks at one).

We just stayed inside peeking out the windows with flashlights trying to see anything but alas, no such luck... but then perhaps, because of the growl, it was for the best that we didn't see anything. After a while I felt the danger feeling pass and all was ok, even though we all locked the door to the trailer and our friend (who sleeps in his car) locked his car during the night. The boys drove back to Las Cruces to spend the night because they were too afraid to stay and my nephew had to work the next morning.

PHYSICAL EVIDENCE: We didn't check the area until the next morning. Due to the winds still being up a bit and also the entire area we were camping at being pure sand (blowing sand at that) there was nothing left of footprints or evidence left behind.

OTHER STORIES: Just from the friend who knows/knew some people and had heard of at least 4 Bigfoot sightings in the El Paso Franklin Mountain area over the last decade or so, especially in the "Anthony Gap" pass on the north side of the Franklin Mountains outside of El Paso

TIME AND CONDITIONS: 9 pm, near freezing temperature. 

ENVIRONMENT: BLM (Bureau of Land Management) land, hilly, mountainous, rocky/sandy/desert. All BLM land which is free range lands, cattle and other animals graze sometimes as there was plenty of old cow patties around the land. A popular area for people who go mountain biking, ATVing, 4 wheeling, etc. during the daytime only. No one was around or camping even except us. Nearer the highway there a some scattered homes and ranches and a food factory, otherwise it's a hilly and mountainous area, although mostly desert vegetation.... not typical for a Bigfoot area, but still we have no other "logical" answers at this time due to what happened.


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INVESTIGATOR'S COMMENTS: There were five witnesses present during the sighting. Two witnesses were involved. The temperature was near freezing. There was moonlight with very few clouds. The terrain is desert with ravines.

The two witnesses were a 14 year old and his 18 year old cousin. They were camping with his mother, Grandmother, and a family friend, and two small children. I talked to the 14 year old and his mother on two different occasions. Both were very accommodating. The mother's report had not changed from the written report submitted to our website.

The 14 year old went outside of the camper to get some soft drinks from the car. As he approached the car he saw a black, large figure walking on two legs through a ravine. The figure appeared humanoid. He could not make out any facial features or any other details. He could tell that the figure was approximately 8' ft. tall. He guessed this because the ravine the creature was walking in was 10 ft. deep.

After the sighting, his cousin, with a flashlight, walked back out with him to investigate. The creature was no longer in sight. After a few minutes, a long, loud growl was heard along with a digging sound. The digging sounded more like what a bull/buck would do with his hoof against the ground when angered. The sound of the growl was both of anger and intimidation. Both boys ran back into the camper trailer very much upset. The remaining witnesses that were inside the trailer, could tell the boys were very serious and frightened.

TBRC Investigator

©Copyright 1999-2002 Texas Bigfoot Research Center


After that sighting we thought no more of it until summer of 2003 when an article came out in the El Paso Times newspaper... at that point I was DETERMINED to find the witness and talk with her myself!  That proved to be much harder than I had imagined, but thankfully the Journalist from the El Paso Times was MOST helpful and contacted the witness for me, who in turn contacted me. Below is the actual article that was posted in the El Paso Times.  After this article is my own follow-up and served as my induction into the TBRC.


Neighborhoods    Thursday, July 31, 2003

Some residents believe in Horizon City's monster

Adriana M. Chávez
El Paso Times 


Illustration by Nacho Garcia Jr. / El Paso Times

Victor Calzada / El Paso Times

The legend of the Horizon City monster dates back more than 30 years near Lake El Paso, though there is no tangible evidence that it exists.

This article about the creature was on the front page of the El Paso Times in 1975.

A closer look

Witnesses of the Horizon City creature claim it is between 7 and 8 feet tall with very broad shoulders and an elongated head.


  • Cecelia Montañez, who claims to have seen the creature twice, says the creatures "have very short hair and are a faded brownish-maroon color."


  • Montañez said the creatures also have red glowing eyes and a mouth that resembles that of a bulldog.


  • Many witnesses say the creatures can be seen near Lake El Paso late at night drinking water.


  • Others say they have heard the creatures humming as they drive through Eastlake Boulevard, or know the creatures are around because of their strong odor.


  • Montañez said the creatures live in caverns underneath Horizon City, but Phil Goodell, a geology professor at the University of Texas at El Paso, said there are no caverns underneath the town.

Big foot tidbits


  • For more than 400 years, people have reported seeing large, hair-covered, man-like animals in the wilderness areas of North America.


  • Sightings of these animals continue today. Real or not, these reports are often made by people of unimpeachable character.


  • For more than 70 years, people have been finding, photographing and casting sets of very large human-shaped tracks. Most are discovered by chance in remote areas. Tracks continue to be found.


  • The cultural histories of many Native American and First Nation peoples include stories and beliefs about non-human "peoples" of the wild. Many of these descriptions bear a striking resemblance to the hairy man-like creatures reported today.


  • This information suggests the presence of an animal, probably a primate, that exists today in very low-populated densities. If true, this species, having likely evolved alongside humans, became astonishingly adept at avoiding human contact through a process of natural selection.


  • To others, this information points to a cultural phenomenon kept alive today through a combination of the misidentification of known animals, wishful thinking and the deliberate fabrication of evidence.

Source: The Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization;

More than two years ago, Cecelia Montañez saw the creature for the first time: more than 7 feet tall, with faded dark brown fur, and standing in the desert near Eastlake Boulevard and Darrington Road.


"I saw a big gorilla-like thing walking toward the desert," Montañez said.


Montañez says she and other Horizon City residents have witnessed a large, bigfoot-type creature lurking in the desert, usually near Eastlake, and near Lake El Paso. While others, including law-enforcement officials, believe the sightings are part of a hoax, Montañez said what she and other people have witnessed is true.


The legend of the monster goes back to the early 1970s, but no actual evidence has been found, according to many longtime Horizon City residents.


Montañez, a retired secretary, moved from East El Paso to Horizon City three years ago. She said she has seen the creature on two occasions, the last sighting taking place near her home last October.


Montañez said that after the first sighting, she remembered an article that ran in the Sept. 20, 1975, edition of the El Paso Times. The article reported that three teenagers saw a gorilla-like creature near the Horizon City golf course. Bill Rutherford, a former deputy with the El Paso County Sheriff's Department, said in the article that he did see a track, but that it "appeared to have been dug."


"Someone had to have made those tracks," Rutherford said in a recent phone interview. "There's a lot of people that were very upset, but it never bothered me. I didn't think it was for real."


Rutherford was a deputy until 1979, and in 1988 became Horizon City's first police chief. He retired after 10 years, and remembers that although he didn't believe the teens' stories, he felt obligated to investigate.


"I was a deputy sheriff, so I was regulated to do something," Rutherford said. "I never saw it. I thought it was a hoax.


Horizon City Police Chief Tony Aguilar has been the town's chief for about two years, and said he doesn't recall any reports of bigfoot sightings.


"We've had reports before of meteorites landing in the desert, but nothing about bigfoots," Aguilar said.


Aguilar remembered hearing about a hermit who may have lived in the mountains near Horizon City in the early 1970's.


"He had long hair and he was unshaven," Aguilar recalled. "A lot of hunters at one point found a little cave, and found old cans, and like he had been living off the land."


Although Montañez maintains the creatures live in caverns that exist underneath Horizon City, Phil Goodell, a geology professor at the University of Texas at El Paso, said no such caverns exist.


"Large desert expanses can't have caverns," Goodell said. "You have to have limestone rock, like Carlsbad Caverns does."


Montañez said she got some of her information on the creature from at least one law-enforcement official who has investigated the creature sightings and developed a profile.


"He said the mothers go out to find food, and that they nurse their young just like we do," she said.


Aguilar said if anyone reported seeing the creature to police, "we would look into it and take it seriously, with whatever information we had to work on."


Montañez described the creatures as having red glowing eyes, "like cats," she said, and as being vegetarians. Since El Paso is mostly desert with no vegetation, Montañez said, the creatures suck the blood out of small animals and eat their organs.


Irene Scanlon, 57, said she heard about sightings of the creatures a while ago, but has never seen them.


"It sounds like they're trying to make it seem like a chupacabra," Scanlon said. "I don't believe it at all. I think it's just someone trying to get publicity."


But Montañez said she's not trying to seek publicity, and would like to see Horizon City become a tourist attraction like Roswell, which is known for being the supposed site of a UFO crash in 1947.


"My daughter didn't believe it either, but when she saw it, she changed her story," Montañez said. "They really exist."


Montañez has told of her experiences to friends and family, including two Socorro High School varsity baseball players.


"I've been looking for them around the desert," said George De La Fuente, 16, a junior at Socorro High, who has been watching for the creature along with his friend, Anthony Paez, 15, a sophomore at Socorro. "I just want to see them. I have to see one to believe it."



Adriana M. Chávez may be reached at


Horizon City Bigfoot Sighting

It was the article above which spurred my interest into investigating the case of this El Paso/Horizon City sighting.  Thanks to Adriana Chavez of the El Paso Times the witness called me on my cell phone AFTER we had been all over Horizon City (east of El Paso) looking for her, checking out the area and making notes on the area, terrain, and bodies of water, double-checking with locals, speaking with people at Lake El Paso (what used to be called Shadow Mountain Lakes), and even checking with local police and city officials.  Thank goodness for small favors!

I made an appointment with the witness, Cecilia Montanez (real name withheld by request) and took along my nephew Derek Eby, who has been my partner in investigations (UFO's, Marfa Lights, etc.) many times in the past, and his girlfriend (name withheld).  We interviewed Montanez at her home, took pictures of the area, and recorded the interview on videotape.  As you can see below, my investigation of this particular case brought up some interesting aspects that wasn't covered in the original Times article!  My additions in purple below...


Submitted by field investigator (Sharon Eby) on Saturday, August 23, 2003.

DATE: August 04, 2000

SEASON: Summer

STATE: Texas


NEAREST TOWN: Horizon City, a subdivision of El Paso


OBSERVED: The witness was traveling southwest on Eastlake Blvd just before noon. Her granddaughter (8 yrs old) was with her in the front seat, too short to see through the window and not looking outside anyway. She said that even later she was too busy WATCHING the creature to tell her granddaughter to look. She saw up ahead about three or four blocks distance from her (note that there are not actual "blocks" shown by roads and that this distance is the witness' estimation of distance) a large hairy creature leaning over something on the ground. It instantly stood up and walked with a STRAIGHT back on two feet towards the desert to the west, perpendicular to the road. Sighting occurred on west side of the road, and the creature was standing three feet from the road. Desert stands far to the west and north of this area starting at the road. NOW there are housing developments across the street and SW about 1 block away. During 2000 the nearest homes were not that close (but still within sight).

The creature did not appear to notice her or her vehicle and walked casually away, swinging its arms naturally while walking up and over a sand mound. Upon going down over the back side of the sand mound it seemed to slightly "jog like a guy" down the hill and keep going down and down until it disappeared. She said that it seemed as if it went down into a cave into the desert even though she (the next day) could not find a cave entrance in the area (she figured perhaps it had a trap door of some kind). Creature was last seen approximately 50 feet or so original spot before disappearing "into the ground." She said that she had seen the creature for perhaps 30 seconds or so total as she was driving and reaching the destination, where she stopped the vehicle.

She reached the destination of where the creature had been crouching when she first saw it and noticed that there was a dead coyote where "he" (the creature) had been before he got up to walk away. The coyote was laying on its left side with a hand-sized FRESH blood smear on it's right side. She did not see any bite marks on the carcass. Nor did she get out of the vehicle at all. She noticed the coyote's head was severed CLEANLY as if by a knife or other instrument and tossed approximately 10-15 ft to the west (into the desert away from the road) and that NO BLOOD was present anywhere on the neck (neck cut looked shiny as if glistening, and was a light pinkish color with no blood at all) and no blood was present (other than the smear) on the carcass, nor on the ground. She did not feel safe enough to get out of the car and finally drove away.

DESCRIPTION: Creature appeared to be 7-8 feet tall, perhaps 300-350 lbs (a guess), wide at shoulders, slim at the hips, horizontal-looking muscles flexing between shoulder blades, dull (not shiny) & faded maroon short hair (uniformly short), and much rounder (more bulbous) at the back of the head than shown in the artist's depiction drawing, she said. It appeared to have small but pointy-like ears(?) and an ape-like but bulldog shaped mouth (but longer, not squashed). She also said that the legs and arms in the artist's depiction were not right, that in the drawing they looked "too human" and were more "ape-like." She did not get a good look at the creature's eyes or facial expressions and had seen his profile (right side) only, but his neck was short and wide.

PHYSICAL EVIDENCE: She and her husband and another man-friend came back the following day to check out the area and the sighting location, but the carcass was gone, no cave was found and no more creatures were seen nor were any footprints found as the desert there is sandy and the winds come and go. She did notice that her husband and friend (they are 5'-10" and 6'-2" tall) looked very short compared to how the creature looked standing in the same area. After this incident she immediately followed up by going to the library to see if there was any other information available on such creatures seen in the desert there, and started talking with people in the area. She found out some interesting stories that seem to correlate to hers which I will share in a separate email/submission after some follow-up visits and phone calls are made.

OTHER STORIES: Yes, she had after that (about October 2002). She had been driving home about 9pm at night. It had been sprinkling rain and as she turned the corner to the SW (her house is 3 doors from the corner on the S side of the road) she noticed that a creature of great height was standing in the entryway of her next door neighbor's house (house was NE of hers). The creature appeared to have same shape and build as the one she had previously seen in the desert and his eyes appeared to glow red (similarly how cat's eyes glow in the dark). The creature walked upright in front of the house, then fell down on all fours and ran QUICKLY (like a blur) up the street, around the corner (to the SE) and into the desert.  NOTE: Homes are being built just a few blocks SE of Montanez's house, but it is open desert beyond that. To the NW of her subdivision her home is 5 blocks from the edge of the desert also. The area is expanding quickly from the SW towards the NE.

SOUNDS HEARD: No sounds associated with either sighting above, however she was once taking the trash out at night to her backyard (she had just lifted the trash can lid), by the back rock wall (pine trees line the edge of the wall) and she heard a DEEP growl like warning noise! She said it did not sound like anything or any animal she had ever heard before and sounded like it was made from deep within the chest. This sound correlates to the same type of sound that my nephew and son heard north of Las Cruces, NM in 2001 that scared them so badly. After hearing the sound, she went inside the house immediately. Nothing was seen. No odors were smelled. This noise happened June of 2003 towards the beginning of the month between 8:30 - 9:00 pm just after it got real dark.

ODORS: No odors any time. She was in her car for both of the sightings with windows rolled up.

TIME AND CONDITIONS: 11:45 am, sunny day, no wind.

ENVIRONMENT: No farms, but many cattle ranches nearby, and subdivisions are fairly new.


NOTE: Witness said that the artist's depiction of this "bigfoot" was not quite the same as the one she saw... that it's arms in this picture are too human-like, and especially the legs.  Also that the head was not as pointy in the back, but was more bulbous. 

INVESTIGATOR'S COMMENTS: Approximately 3 blocks northeast of Darrington on Eastlake Blvd in Horizon City (El Paso address). Sighting occurred on west side of the road, and the creature was standing three feet from the road. Desert stands far to the west and north of this area starting at the road. NOW there are housing developments across the street (Eastlake) and SW about 1 block away. During 2000 the nearest homes were not that close (but still within sight).

Lake El Paso is the closest body of water, further northeast several miles up Horizon Blvd. Witness also mentioned that below that is a watering pond on a cattle ranch 1 mi before Lake El Paso to the NE.

Terrain: Desert with sandy mesquite mounds all over, cacti.


Caves under Horizon City?

Montanez has heard reports of bats at night flying around the desert (meaning caves are nearby) and that she heard once of someone saying they were in the desert and saw a "tornado" of bats flying out of the ground not far from Lake El Paso. I have also personally seen bats flying out of Carlsbad Caverns, NM and they DO fly out in a spiral pattern from within the cave/cavern. Also I have heard of a separate report from my son's friend earlier this spring, 2003 of a cave entrance being found behind the middle school in Horizon. We also checked this out and it is desert behind the middle school. The witness also said she had talked to the construction crew who were working on the sewer pipes for the school that was being built and the workers told her they had found a cave and had to fill it in with dirt, and saw a branch-off of the cave leading somewhere else. They had to fill in the cave so they could build the school.


Possible Cattle Mutilations Connection

I have noticed an intriguing correlation between the coyote having no blood and the incidences of cattle and other animal mutilations related to UFO reports, etc. Note: This is the personal opinion of the individual field investigator, Sharon Eby.

Another lead from the witness was given to me about a cattle rancher in west El Paso (follow-up will hopefully occur) who had this happen to his cattle, where the FBI, etc. showed up right afterwards and took the animals (4 cows).


Six Local Possible Bigfoot Sightings

Information given by Cecilia Montanez

1)    A male relative (anonymous) was shooting rabbits 20 yrs ago as it was getting dark and on the way to the car red glowing eyes were seen behind the mesquite bush. He aimed his gun at it and the creature charged, hair and tall (flashlights used???) and he shot towards it and ran and left the scene.

2)    10-11 yrs ago the witness' son used to do what they called “rocking the red eyes” out in the desert. They would stand by their fire and see at least 5 pairs of (tall) red eyes glowing and pacing around them. They would throw rocks at them until they left.

NOTE from Sharon Eby: Please note that I once received a report of a boy and his father seeing "green eyes" from many tall beings in the darkness out east of El Paso in the desert which they thought were chupacabras.  These creatures made clicking noises similar to those on the movie "Signs" and freaked both the boy and the father out.  I interviewed the boy around summer of 2002 (I believe).  Interestingly enough, MOST (not all) chupacabra reports have green eyes or yellow eyes, and rarely red eyes, whereas MOST (not all) bigfoot reports have red eyes, sometimes yellow/gold eyes, and rarely green eyes.  A common link between the chupacabra (translated "goat sucker") is that they suck the blood out of their animal prey.  In this ONE particular case with Montanez's sighting, the Bigfoot was seen hunched over a coyote carcass which had been cleanly decapitated and no blood existed except for the small smear on the fur, but NO BLOOD on the neck or head itself!  Whether this Bigfoot caused this occurence in the coyote, or stumbled upon it is anyone's guess.

3)    In NE El Paso at the Shrine, some friends of the the witness (couple from CA coming to the Bowie high school reunion last year (’02)) saw red eyes glowing down the embankment of the edge of the Franklin mountains at night (did not see creature).

4)    A local Judge (or a friend of his?) saw, when jogging behind the Cadillac bar on Montana St., an upright creature (running as a blur) kill the manager of the bar. Creature ran upright (may be at night after closing?).

5)    On Pebble Hills/Yarbrough streets in El Paso (witness lived on Yarwood) a friend’s son came out of a convenient store and saw eyes behind a bush, then an “ape” ran out and went up the street towards Montana St and out towards the desert. This was at Ft. Bliss (Biggs Field) years ago before loop 375 was built.

6)    A woman's mother (presently 84 yrs old) talked about her mom telling her older brothers (on Horizon ranch) about 40 or so years ago to get the cattle in before dark or the “Gorilonas” (offshoot word in Spanish for something similar to a “Gorilla”) come out.

Follow-ups on much of this will be done. I have more details on witness' address, phone number, etc. on Bigfoot sighting as well as other information and some names from above stories. A video tape was made of the account. Maps with locations of sightings will be drawn up eventually as well.

Sharon Eby

©Copyright 1999-2003 Texas Bigfoot Research Center


Pictures of Horizon City Bigfoot Sighting Area

These pictures are some of the ones that I took of the Horizon area where Cecilia Montanez had her sightings.  These photos can ONLY be found here on this website - Unified Worlds.  Please note that the photos below overlap in an effort for a panoramic view...

Horizon area at Eastlake Blvd

Looking east towards the Hueco Mtns --->



Looking southeast


Horizon area at Eastlake Blvd  


Looking south (homes are new)




Eastlake Blvd looking Southwest

Water Tower is visible in one photo

Distant homes in the photo on the right are new and were not present at the time of sighting.


Eastlake Blvd looking west


Looking northwest over mound



The mound to the left is in the approximate area where Montanez's bigfoot was seen.  It disappeared and seemed to go "into the ground" according to the witness.



Looking east from in front of the Horizon School (notice tower... same one as seen in southwest view of panoramic pictures)



Horizon Middle School just 1 block off of Eastlake Blvd in Horizon, TX




Behind the Horizon Middle School (facing west)... Montanez said that the workers who dug the sewer lines here said they found a cave which continued on past where they filled it in.  Her belief is that bigfoot lives/travels in these caves/caverns.

Behind Horizon Middle School looking southwest.  To the east (behind us as we took this picture) are homes immediately across the street.


Behind Horizon Middle School looking west where caves are supposed to be located underground


We investigated this area south of the Horizon Middle School and found no openings to any caves or caverns, however, we did not have the time to cover very much area.

Completely separate sources claimed to know of a cave entrance "behind a Horizon school" as well, however, we have lost contact with this person so are unable to verify exact location of any such cave.


Looking east from Montanez' subdivision.  She claims that a bigfoot was seen in a neighbor's entranceway, went on two legs to the driveway, dropped to all fours and ran to this corner (turning right & then facing south) and ran out of the subdivision and into the desert.  Note that although the picture doesn't show it well, the desert is just beyond the visible homes.


This sighting took place, according to Montanez, not far from Eastlake Blvd, in Horizon, TX.  It was night, but the creature was seen (not by Montanez, but another witness (name witheld)) going towards the west - running from the light pole on the left to the right.  The road T's ahead in the picture.



There is also a section of "woods" (small patches here and there) south of I-10 just east of Horizon Blvd (past the McDonald's) that we investigated based on a lead by a local Tigua Indian (name withheld).  He had been to the location, near farmland, down below the plateau, and felt an ominous presence, saw broken branches up high, and felt that he was being watched.  He had his gun with him and said that he thought it might have been a bigfoot.  He was so afraid that he said he would have used his gun if he would have actually seen whatever was watching him.  We went there and found no signs of bigfoot or anything else out of the ordinary. 


Seven More Bigfoot Sightings from the Past

These sightings were relayed to me many years ago by my friend Chuck Reel.  He either knew the people who had these sightings or else had friends who knew them.  One sighting is a first-hand account.  Once all the above Horizon sightings were investigated then I got a hold of Chuck and asked him to tell me what he remembered about the bigfoot sightings he knew of.  Here is what he wrote...

Wednesday, October 08, 2003 9:51 PM


1)    Well, here goes. The 1st one was in NE El Paso on "snob knob" when a man was in the shower and heard a noise outside on his deck. When he looked out his window, he was staring into the face of a bigfoot (BF) which turned and ran. He quickly ran outside to see the BF running northward across an arroyo from his house. 

2)    2nd was an incident on the dirt road on the south side of Trans-mountain Road on the east side of the mtn. A group of several vehicles were 4 wheeling and one was stuck. A BF let out a scream which terrified all present and someone shot the BF and was convinced it was hit as it really screamed and came running down the mtn towards the people. They jumped in their vehicles and slammed one into the stuck one to get it moving and left the area quickly. 

3)    3rd was on Anthony gap road when a guy going westbound early in the morning saw an animal's eyes reflecting in the headlights. He stopped in a dip and pulled out his rifle hoping to shoot a deer and rushed to the spot. Looking through his scope, he saw 2 BF creatures heading north and that was the last sighting I've heard about. 

4)    However, when I was in high school, a friend and I were out catching rattlesnakes in the middle of a hot summer day on Indian Nose just NW of the 1st corner on the east side of Trans mtn rd when we got a flat tire. Below us we saw what we thought was a huge black man walking north over the old military bunker hill behind the now museum. When we realized nobody would be stupid enough to wear all black in that hot sun, we believed we were seeing a BF and got scared trying to get out of there with the flat and a banded rock rattler. 

5)    One incident also happened to me personally before high school when Curtis Sackse and I were camping in the canyon just before cottonwood canyon to the north off Trans mtn rd. We camped on top of a cliff in a valley full of leaves so nothing could come down the canyon without us hearing it and nothing could come up the cliff yet "something" was between us and the cliff. It was night so we made the fire bigger and we could see red eyes working around our camp sight. We thought it was our friends scaring us but we changed our minds after warning it and then began shooting constant BB's at it and throwing every rock at it we could find. It would disappear  for awhile and then reappear a few feet away and we would bombard it again. This went on for hours and I'm convinced that any normal animal like a mountain lion would have ran away immediately so I think it was a BF. 

6)    Oh, and there was last year when Jan Peek and I were elk hunting in CO near the NM line when we heard a BF scream less than a 100yards away that made the hair on our necks stand up and we left the area quickly only to return the next day to search the area and found nothing.

Update 3/25/04:

7)    Just across the New Mexico line from Texas on WarRoad is a plant that deals with hazardous waste. An employee lived in the mobile home behind the plant and one night he heard his fenced-in German Shepherd barking furiously at something in the desert. All of a sudden he heard a loud thud and heard his dog yelping as it was knocked over the fence and ran off into the desert. The next day he went searching for the dog in the Franklin Mountains behind his home and he found tracks of a bigfoot which scared him so bad that he went home, packed up his belongings and moved away from the area immediately.

Area behind Rinchem Plant north of El Paso just across the NM state line (picture taken 5/1/04)

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Here are a couple of other older El Paso area sightings 


1973 Bigfoot Sighting

The first time was when I was 12 years old I heard what I thought was a women
screaming near a river. I felt so helpless it was in the late night and could not wake up my sister
the screaming was that of blood curding that even now I can still remember and I
still get very spook by just thinking of it. I am now 47 years of age. Would you believe
this took place in El Paso just outside a small district of Ysleta Texas.

The second time was when I was 17 It was a crisp cool evening about twilight in the valley of
Socorro Texas a few miles from Ysleta this time I was walking with my cousin in the distance of an ambdon cotton field I saw what was about 8 or (9) feet high at first I didn't believe what was happening it was
walking towards us it was greyish brown in color the back ground was a small canal

I told my cousin to be quiet and my instincts said to ran I began to run my cousin
followed then passed meit had entered our house that evening threw the back door
what made this so scary was it had pulled the door right off its hinges and walked into my bedroom where my mother and aunt where sleeping

I had given up my bed for my aunt that night she had had a fight with her husband and so I slept
with my other aunts house about a block away it was the first day of school and we had to get up early because my other cousin would be giving us a ride when the next day I stopped in to pick up my school supplies my mothers face was white and told me about what had happen the night my brothers heard my mother scream
and it left a few
days before that
however I could feel something weird around the house we were renting I
would sometimes leave the side door open for my big brother because we never knew when
he'd be coming home one night before all this happened.

I heard what I thought was my brother I called out his name Trinidad is that you it was after midnight there was a
uncomfortable uneasiness because I had heard this spoons rattle.
 I then heard something come through the
living room I covered my head with the covers and felt something scaring at me I was alone that night

I believe this creatures do exist I also believe that they migrate into Mexico I know that the Indians of New Mexico marcirated into Mexico the Navajo Geranimo.

The third time was when I was about 16 I was with my boyfriend we were on the Rio Grande making out in the back seat it was late at night and I heard something that put chills down my back I said to Mike what was that he said it
was nothing maybe an owl or something I was really spooked and didn't want to be there any more so I lost interest in making out reaaaal quick and made him take me home. All this incdents happened near the Rio Grande There is as folklore would have it said to be the crying lady who comes out at night looking for her children she had drown in the river God had punished her by never giving her peace she would be forever crying out along the river for her dead

This is the legend I grew up with it is a old Mexican wives tale I know better We tend to protect our subconscious with the Easter bunny and Santa Claus not what were really afraid to accept the fact the the boogie man is real and living among us . Also Noticed Nothing expect I could have messed myself!

Conditions around 7:00 dark twilight it was cold
Other Witnesses about 5

Other Stories no we moved soon after
Landscape gas station near corner of the road and on Moon City rd.

Year 1973
Season Fall
Month September
Day of Month 03
State TX
Directions to Location not a problem
Nearest Town El Paso
Nearest Road alameda


1975 Bigfoot Footprints Found


On Mon Dec 29 15:02:11 2003, The following information was submitted: 

Name: (withheld) 

Gender: M 

Age: 49 

Street Address: (withheld) 

Country: USA 

Date: 09/12/75 

Time: approx 1600 hrs 

Weather: dry, warm 

City: Horizon City 

County: El Paso 

State: TX 

Location hwy: Horizon Blvd and Horizon CC golf course, West approx. .5 mile 

Location water: drainage ditch next to the golf course 

What happened : Found approx. a quarter mile of footprints along a sand dune in the creosote bushes.  Backtracked to the NE until lost upon hard ground.  Lost to the SW at a hard arroyo and could not pick up the trail again.  Photographs were taken and the prints were 17 inches long and 7 inches wide.  The remarkable thing about the prints were that all five toes were not evident in all the prints... indicating the creature that made the prints had flexible toes (not like a fake foot) where the little toe and the one next to it had lifted occasionally when the prints were made.  Another remarkable thing about the prints were that they led often through the middle of 4-foot creosote bushes, crushing the main branches, indicating to me that the prints were not faked because a human would never have done this and risked physical injury.  The search was started due to a number of sightings in 1975 which the El Paso Times reported and named the creature the "Horizon City Prince."  It all started after 9-1-75 when a 17-year-old reported a face-to-face while dove hunting on or about 9-1-75 near the golf course.  A number of reporters also had a visual encounter during a moonlit night and reportedly saw a dark, large, bipedal figure striding down a large sand dune.    I happened to be out at night with a friend of mine named Sam B. in his Jeep when I noticed something wrong with a creosote bush as we passed.  We circled back and discovered the crushed bush and the large footprints.  We took a dune buggy back the next day and searched for the same bush by following the tracks from the night before.  That's when David N., Frank H., and I tracked the prints and photographed them.  David N. has the photos and I haven't been able to locate him for some years.  I now believe he lives in Leesville, LA. but as yet I haven't found him. Frank and Sam still live in El Paso.

No physical evidence: see above...and I will send them if I can find Dave N. terrain :

Other (Describe Below) other: sand and desert with yucca, creosote (greasewood),

Activities: driving in off-road vehicles...a common recreation in El Paso

Prior sight: I left the area in 1981 and don't know about subsequent incidents but several sightings occurred during that September

Prior sound: It's the desert and strange things/sounds occur all the time 

Farm: The developers of Horizon City had attempted to install a recreational lake about 3 or 4 miles East of this location and held water at this time.


UPDATE!  New Sighting Report 2/13/04

Additional Source: 

"Tailless Monkey" Seen in El Paso Desert

Witness: Male
Name: Brooks D.
Age: 22
Date of sighting: Tuesday 7/29/03
Location: East of El Paso, TX (El Paso county)
Time of incident: approx 7am (1 hr after sunrise)
Weather Conditions: summer morning
Closest Highway: North of Montana St (east of El Paso city limits) in the desert with scattered houses around the desert.
Closest Water Source: A pond is nearby that fills with water when it rains.
What was seen, heard, observed, encountered, or found:
This report is being sent in by TBRC West Regional Leader, Sharon Eby, based on eye-witness interview today.  The witness told me the following:

Early in the morning, about an hour after sunrise I stopped to go to urinate because I had to go so bad.  I stood by a bush and noticed a large tree trunk about the distance from me to that "water tank" (please note that witness pointed to a tank that sat about 125 feet away) up in front of me.  Then I thought to myself, "What the heck is a tree trunk doing here in the desert!"  I had not ever seen it there before and it appeared to be about 4 feet high or so and was dark colored.  Suddenly I saw the "tree trunk" stand up!  I then noticed that it looked like a monkey... but with no tail.  Then I started to freak out really bad because I was actually looking at a large monkey right there in front of me!  His shoulders were really broad, his color was dark, like blackish with some red, and his face was just like a monkey. 

Witness showed the height of the creature at approx 8 feet tall when standing upright (fully upright like a human) with longer arms than a human, but lots of hair, noticing that the hair hanging down from under the arms was approx. 4-5 inches long, dark but reddish in color. 

Witness continued: I saw him stand up, turn to glance at me for a second and then looked away from me and started walking away from me like I wasn't even there, or like he didn't care that I was there.  I watched him walk away into the desert.  I didn't tell too many people at first because I figured they would laugh at me, but then 2 days later that article came out in the El Paso Times newspaper about the bigfoot that was seen south of there in Horizon City so then I started talking more about seeing the bigfoot.  I spoke with one lady and she was really interested in hearing my story because she said she had a small dog and that a large creature like that reached down in her yard to steal the dog, but when she yelled it quickly leaped over the wall in one single jump.

If animal(s) were seen can you describe: Just the bigfoot standing up after I thought it was camouflaged as a large tree trunk.  His shoulders were broad, arms long, he stood like a man but looked like a tailless monkey with dark reddish hair that was long hanging off the arms.  He was so big and wide! 
Sketch: yes
Photos Taken: no
Footprints or other physical evidence: I spoke with the witness' father Wayne and he said that Brooks did not tell him about the bigfoot sighting until a week after it happened because Brooks was afraid he (and others) would just laugh at him and not believe him.  Wayne offered to take Brooks out to the sighting location to look for footprints but by a week later they would be long gone.
Terrain: Desert terrain, mequite mounds, greasewood, cacti.
Activities of witness prior to occurrence: Going through the desert on his usual route and stopped to go to the bathroom because it was urgent and he could not wait.
Any other incidences prior or since this occurrence: Witness was unaware of any other bigfoot sightings in the area until he saw the article in the El Paso Times, and then started speaking with others.
No sounds heard
No odors smelled
Any farms or agricultural facilities in the area:
Ranches and homes.  A military base not far away that is mostly all desert.

Report written by TBRC Field Investigator Sharon Eby 2/13/04


Bigfoot Screams Heard in Cloudcroft, NM

TBRC Report given by Sharon Eby & Dr. Bruce Cornet

Sharon Eby is the TBRC West Regional Leader & Dr. Bruce Cornet (previous Deputy Administrator of NIDS).  They both interviewed the witnesses in their current respective locations for this compiled report.

TBRC Site Official Report: 


April 11, 2004 (Interview with witness Hector V. on Thurs, April 8) I spoke with the witness, Hector V., here in El Paso at his place of 
residence.  The story of his and his friend Edgar R. hearing the screams of what they (he) believed to be a bigfoot creature was exactly as he had
submitted on his original online sighting report last October.  I did find out more details, however, including obtaining a map of the area with the 
exact location of the occurrence, as well as a hand-drawn map of the campground area and the direction that the creature came from and moved towards.  I will
make these maps available for the final report. 
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A correction by Hector regarding the date of the sighting was given to me as Summer (mid-July) of 1995, rather than 1996.  The time of the sighting was
anywhere from 11pm to 1am, he is unsure of just where in there it happened. The weather was clear, dry, and the evenings were cool enough up in the 
mountains to need a jacket.  Sighting occurred in Lincoln County, NM.  The area is wooded (although thinly within the campground itself), and the grounds
were nestled between two hills in a more flat area at the bottom.  Mountains and hills surround the area, and are heavily wooded with pine trees, etc.
Hector was unsure of any caves, mines, or abandoned shelters in the area at all. In the campground there was a hand water pump and a puddle beneath it but he
was not aware of any bodies of water outside of the campground. No bigfoot creature was seen by Hector, and he said his friend Edgar did not
see it either, they only heard it screaming (Hector showed me a sound byte from the BFRO website ( ) which still sends 
chills up his spine and that reminded him a LOT of the screams he and Edgar heard that night).  They were awakened from within their tent in the night by a screaming
in the distance that sounded like a cross between a woman and a baby. Hector stated that the sounds continued, with pauses in between, from very far in the 
distance, until they came closer, and into the campground.  He (they) could tell that the creature was not human, nor did it sound like any animal they had ever 
heard before (their first thought was that it was a bear, except that bears did NOT make that kind of noise!).  The creature, they thought, was walking through the 
campground checking out the 4 spots or so where campers were at, and possibly foraging for food.  The creature got to their camp and stood near the fire pit, or 
between the fire pit and their tent.  Total distance was estimated to be at approximately 20 to 25 feet away from the tent.  The creature continued to scream and 
pause, grunting and sounding like it was sniffing in the pauses.  Then it would scream LOUD again and it started to walk off into the forest.  The witnesses dared not 
poke their heads out of the tent because of the fear of possible danger.  The only weapon they had was a hammer, which they held onto tightly, just in case.  
They could hear the creature walk away from their tent and by the time it got far enough away they could no longer hear it they were finally able to 
settle down and get some sleep.  Estimated time from the first screams they heard until the last screams they heard were approximately 10-15 minutes, 
which indicates that the being was able to travel quite fast.  The creature seemed to know exactly where it was going.  Hector and Edgar got up the 
next morning and looked for tracks, but none were found.
~~~ End of Report Part I  (Part II - Interview with Edgar R. continues below...)
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Hector V. remembers being at a party once in May of 1985 at the Tom Mays State Park on the west side of the Franklin Mountains in El Paso, TX.  He got
together with a bunch of friends to drink beer and talk and hang out.  After a few beers they got into a deep discussion about God, one of their friends not
believing in such.  They would walk up the hill to go to the bathroom, but Hector had an ominous feeling and so went downhill instead, where his friends
could see him in case anything should happen.  Two friends (one who believed in God) and another, named Norma, went up the hill when it was their turn to
go to the bathroom... he went left and she went right.  After a little bit they came back saying, "Get out of here!"  The guy was pale looking, even in the 
moonlight.  Neither he nor Norma wanted to talk about what had happened.  The next week the man admitted to seeing a "tall humanoid" that was "furry" hovering
over Norma, but she didn't see anything, although she could FEEL it's breath behind her.  It scared them both very much.
Another story Hector V. has relayed was about two friends of his who are married.  They recently went to Hector's house and he showed them the sound
byte of the bigfoot scream from the BFRO website.  The woman, Pati, listened to it and realized that she had also heard that same kind of scream before.  She 
told him about when she was young, and lived in Juarez, Mexico (adjacent to El Paso) near the Rio Grande and old El Paso ASARCO copper smelting plant and
how they (she and her friends) would have to cross an old revine to get home as kids.  They would sometimes forget the time and wind up coming home in the
dark.  Her mother had warned them of the "creature" that was "going to get you" so to be home earlier than dark.  On the way home one night she heard a scream
which sounded like the scream Hector had showed her on the internet.  She also remembers hearing the same noises from bed at night many times.


Part II - INTERVIEW REPORT by Dr. Bruce Cornet

Interview with Possible Bigfoot Witness


Date of Interview: 15 April 2004.


Interviewer: Dr. Bruce Cornet, Previous Deputy Director of the National Institute for Discovery Science (NIDS) 



First Name: Edgar


Las Vegas, NV

Other witnesses:

First Name Hector

Location: El Paso


The Type of Incident: Screams or cries made by some unknown animal that approached the tent of the witnesses and then moved away (Hector Valles's description), while they were camping near Cloudcroft, NM.


Date of Incident: Late August 1995 (just before 26 August. Edgar remembered because 26 April is his birthday, and it was only a couple days or so before his birthday).


Time of Incident: Near Midnight, and definitely after they had gone to bed and Edgar was sound asleep.  He did not check the time.


Weather Conditions: Chilly but not cold, due to higher altitude during the Summer.  Hector had told Edgar to bring a jacket, and although it was still hot in El Paso, he was glad he had brought a jacket.  It had not been raining as far as he can recall.  Being inside the tent, he did not know if it was cloudy or clear at the time of the incident.



Location of Incident: White Sands National Monument Area Campgrounds just north of Cloudcroft, NM (# 14 on map).


Topographic map of area around Cloudcroft, NM.


Description of Area of Incident: Edgar recalls Hector driving on NM State Road 244, turning into a campground, and parking near the main road.  He also recalls pitching their tent within eyesight of Hector's car, and that the ground was relatively level (no slope or incline).  There were a few other cars and campers at this site.  

It was forested with open areas for pitching tents and parking cars.


There are no known caves, mines, or abandoned shelters in the area.  The nearest bodies of water are small to large lakes about 21-22 miles west near Alamogordo, NM.  The area around Cloudcroft has many small ephemeral streams coming off numerous hills and small mountains. 


No actual sighting of an animal was made by Edgar or by Hector.  All they both heard were screaming sounds made by some unknown animal.  Edgar says Hector woke him up out of a sound sleep, and being drowsy, he doesn't know how long he listened to the animal sounds, but it was for more than 10 screams.  

Edgar said Hector kept saying, "Do you hear that?" and "What is it?"  A sound similar to what Edgar says he heard can be found at  Edgar chose that particular sound after listening to several alleged Bigfoot sounds on that website.  

Because he was not afraid, he went back to sleep.  If the screams were consecutive without much time in between them as in the above recording, he listened for 

less than one minute before going back to sleep.  He said he could have listened longer, but not much more than five minutes before falling asleep.  Edgar said Hector appeared visibly upset and afraid, staid up past when he fell back to sleep, and the next morning told him more about what had happened.  Edgar was not aware that the animal making the sounds came close to their tent.  Nor was he aware of any strange odors.  They did not examine the area for tracts, and they did not ask any of the other campers whether they had heard the screams that night.  Edgar said Hector asked one of the park rangers about animals that screamed in the night, and the ranger said the area had many cougars that occasionally would make scream-like sounds (possibly females in heat).



The sound Edgar remembers hearing was not that of a cougar.  A cougar cry sounds like this:  

A female cougar in heat sounds like this:  

A cougar snarl sounds like this:  

None are similar to the sounds allegedly coming from Bigfoot (  The sound Edgar says he heard is like the BIGFEET.wav linked above. Whatever this animal was, it was not a cougar.  Its screaming as it approached, entered, and left the campsite (according to Hector) is unlike the behavior of any known wild animal, except one that might have been injured and in constant pain. 


Yours Sincerely,


Bruce Cornet, Ph.D.


Investigator comment  from Sharon Eby and Dr. Bruce Cornet:  Hector may not have been aware that Edgar fell back to sleep and thought he was still listening to the creature.  Edgar stated he was very groggy and tired and soon fell asleep after hearing the initial screams.  

Additional Investigators comment:  Edgar stated he figured on hearing animals in the woods and did not feel threatened, however Hector was quite afraid and stayed awake until the creature had come through the camp and passed on by, fading into the distance.  It is strange that Edgar, even though groggy, could sleep through such screams so close to the camp. (paranormal indicator similar to alleged alien abduction scenarios?)


Follow - up Pictures/Maps added by Sharon Eby 5/1/04

Traveling from Alamogordo, NM towards Cloudcroft (desert terrain)

Moving closer toward Cloudcroft, NM (trees come into range)


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Cloudcroft, NM area (pine trees are commonplace)


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Pines Campground where alleged bigfoot was heard passing through


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Unfortunately the campground was closed when I arrived 5/1/04


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Front gate at Pines Campground, closed to the public (construction)

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                                                         Panoramic view of campground area at front gate


Three Rivers Bigfoot Sighting

Submitted by Sharon Eby, TBRC Investigator - Official TBRC Report: url coming soon!

Co-Researcher/Investigator: Dr. Bruce Cornet

Date of Report: 7/7/04

Date of Sighting: Summer of 2000 or 2001

Witness: John Bohannon

Sighting Location: Three Rivers Campground (north of Alamogordo) - Lincoln County.  Closest Lat/Long coordinates I could find are N33 24.018' by W105 53.653' (Update! Actual Lat/Long is: 33 23.999N and 105 53.879W NAD27)

Location Description: 

Hilly, desertous foothills with juniper trees, cacti (yucca, cholla, etc.).  Pines and deciduous trees (including Aspen, oaks) in the forested area approx. 1/4-1/2 mile away from bigfoot sighting area and continue on up the mountain range.  Large mountains (Sierra Blanca peak looms at 12,000 ft within eyesight) run north/south and are located east of there.  Multiple bigfoot sightings have occurred on the east side of the mountain near Ruidoso and the Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation in this same mountain range.  Geological features include granitic intrusions... the area is a major center of igneous rock types.

Sighting Details:

In summer of either 2000 or 2001 John Bohannon witnessed a creature he called bigfoot on a small ridge next to a hill located just west of the Three Rivers Campground north of Alamogordo, NM (west of Ruidoso on the west side of the mountain).  During daylight hours John was traveling east on the dirt road in his truck when he glanced over to his right and noticed a tall hairy ape-like creature walking in the same direction as he was driving.  It was taller than the cholla cacti nearby (estimated by John to be at least 8' tall) and it looked toward John as it kept walking.  It's arms hung longer than it's knees, and had short brown hair with a reddish tinge all over it's body.  The only long hair was underneath it's forearms, and the shortest hair was at it's lower back/buttocks area.  With knees slightly bent, but otherwise standing upright, the long-striding creature kept walking eastwardly, still staring at John, for approximately 100' until it seemed to vanish into thin air.  A juniper tree was near where the bigfoot creature disappeared but the creature did not appear to actually walk behind it.  Because of this strange aspect John thought it must've walked into a portal of some kind, but was unsure of just what happened (portal or some sort of camouflage?).  John's best description of the bigfoot's face was that of a "Neanderthal" being neither quite ape, nor quite human, but like a combination of both.

Pictures below are thumbnailed.  Click on picture to see enlarged version.

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Witness: John Bohannon

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View of bigfoot travel path from John's truck

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Travel path & arroyo

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Arroyo - facing west

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Bigfoot's view of where he was headed

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Bigfoot's view of road

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Pyramid rock view - starting point

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"Portal" view - ending point

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Misplaced(?) Jasper found near ant mound at "portal"


From: Dr. Bruce Cornet (geologist)

John Bohannon said the Jasper came from around the Santa Nino (sic?) church five miles to the west.  That is the only area known that produces Jasper like the specimen.  It had to have been transported there - perhaps as arrowhead-making core material, and accidentally dropped.  Or it could have been deliberately placed there to mark a special (sacred?) place by the Indians.  Or it might have been dropped by Bigfoot, because he couldn't take it with him through the portal.



Composition: a form of Chalcedony, silicon dioxide

Hardness: 7

Stone of harmony. Stimulates creative visualization. Good counterpart for business growth and success.

Corresponding astrological sign: Leo.

Color: typically red to brown (contains iron), but comes in other of colors, such as yellow-gold.

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Sharon and John talking about bigfoot

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Showing the height of the Cholla cacti... the bigfoot was taller than these!

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East road view

Ant hill at west juniper (portal area) showing Sharon squatting down to take her picture after picking up the jasper.... image change afterwards shows (if you pause the video) a similar bluish light behind Sharon's head as video camera points north (juniper behind her) - this was a separate camera pointing a completely different direction.... coincidence?

Additional notes:  

This report came as a timely surprise since we were supposed to have gone camping near Roswell.  Upon learning of a UFO conference in the area over 4th of July weekend we decided to change our plans on where we would go.  My mom suggested Three Rivers since she had been there before.  It was our first time visiting but upon finding granitic intrusions (granite-rock-laden geological features), plus the fact that I knew Ruidoso and the Mescalero Reservation was just across the mountain (both areas having had previous bigfoot sightings), I KNEW that there was a HIGH possibility of there being more bigfoot sightings in the Three Rivers area.  After speaking with John on day one, it was day two when I asked him not IF there had been any bigfoot sightings, but this instead, "So how many bigfoot sightings have you heard of here?"  John was quick to tell me about his own sighting.  The rest is history.

Please note that the "portal" view light in the photo above is NOT claimed to be an actual portal (could be a form of camouflage was used), nor is it concluded that the bigfoot creature entered any such portal to disappear from the witness' view; however, although there are obvious paranormal indicators in many bigfoot sighting reports (if one knows what to look for) and the possibility is certainly not discounted.  For the sake of the scientific process, and logic involved, the "portal" which coincidentally showed up on the digital photo could very well be just light refraction on the lens since the camera WAS facing west, into the sun, even though Sharon Eby attempted to kneel down behind the shade of the Juniper tree to avoid any such light entering the lens.  I do find it interesting and intriguing though, at the very least, that this light showed up in the supposed exact spot of where the bigfoot was SEEN to disappear from view.  Curious!

Additionally, it is important to note that both Dr. Bruce Cornet, and Sharon Eby felt that the "veil was thin that day" for bigfoot witness, John Bohannon, due to a (possible time-rift?) sighting of an 1860's full-garb cowboy on a horse which John saw come out of a mesquite bush, ride south (from the north side of the same road he saw the bigfoot on, except it happened three miles further to the west approx. 5 minutes earlier) a short distance and then disappear into another mesquite bush.  Could it be that these two incidences of the cowboy and the bigfoot are related in some way?  Is the reason that bigfoot creatures are not ever captured, or skeletons found, because they are from another time or dimension?  Are these creatures coming in and out of portals (please note that this very thing has been witnessed on the Sherman/Bigelow Ranch (Ranch Recon) in Utah) or going in and out of the earth itself (underground cave systems or artificial openings/rooms within granitic intrusions)?  These are but some of the hypothesis proposed by many in the field when it comes to the paranormal.  Many cryptozoologists do not agree with this view, seeing bigfoot as nothing more than an actual human-like ape type creature which is closer to animal than human in its origins and behaviours.

Some background on John Bohannon:

John is of Irish/Nordic/Celtic/Native American (Cherokee) heritage mix by blood and is a UFO Experiencer, Caretaker of the Three Rivers Campground, is in tune with the earth, practices earth-based spirituality, heads sweat lodges for purification, feels/senses many feminine spirits which hang around the area (an old Indian living grounds with petroglyphs nearby), and is one of the nicest campground hosts we've ever met.  Interestingly enough, John was willing to speak of his UFO sightings openly, and keeps a journal on such, but felt that the "cowboy" and "bigfoot" sightings were so "out there" that he failed to write them down, let alone tell anyone about them until now.  As investigators in the field, and having spoken with a combined amount of hundreds of witnesses (UFO/bigfoot/paranormal), both Sharon Eby and Dr. Bruce Cornet felt that John's eyewitness testimony was nothing short of completely honest.  




Ruidoso BFRO Expedition and Possible Second Three Rivers Sighting

About 3:00 AM on December 30th, 2004 Dr Bruce Cornet and I left El Paso and drove a few hours to meet up with the BFRO (Bigfoot Field Researcher’s Organization) for the Ruidoso, NM Bigfoot Expedition.  Having spoken with Matt Moneymaker (Director of the BFRO) ahead of time we knew what to do and how to find out where Base Camp was located.  Our co-researcher Eddie Flores, with the TBRC (Texas Bigfoot Research Center) was scheduled to go up the previous three days.  By the time we arrived Eddie had left, and we were welcomed by the group, and by Matt Moneymaker, and told a few interesting stories about the area.  A bigfoot had not been spotted yet, but some possible footprints had been discovered (nothing conclusive), and some possible scat, as well as a tree break in the Bonito Lake area. 

Base Camp with muddy roads due to rain

We spoke with Larry Kelm who had driven all the way down from Oregon on his past sightings, which were fascinating to say the least.  He gave us a write-up on his experiences (which has since been updated) and can be read here.  It turns out that after speaking with several in the group, the plans were to break camp and move it to another location due to the heavy rains the night before and the subsequent mud that ruined the roads at the Base Camp.  We were to meet for breakfast and then move on to the location of the tree break that had been found since the roads there were hard and mud would not be an issue.  We waited for over three hours, some of the time sitting in the van, until everyone was out of the Base Camp when we finally spotted Larry leaving.  We followed and noticed he passed the breakfast spot so wondered if he was going on home to Oregon since he had mentioned possibly leaving.  We turned around, figuring we would lose the group if we continued on.  But no one was at the breakfast location either, and no one was showing up on the radio.  Returning to Base Camp we realized everyone had left, and we couldn’t remember the name (until that night) where they had said the tree break location was even at!  We had lost the group, after only a short time with them.  So we ventured on our own, in hopes of finding them again later on.

Gunar, Paul, and Matt Moneymaker of the BRFO expedition group

Claudia & Larry Kelm have a “bigfoot club” found previous (elsewhere) to the expedition


Gunar holding “bigfoot club”


Club end – what could this have been used for?  Shows wear, but not strike marks.

We wound up driving down to Mescalero and speaking with the locals, finding a nice topo map showing the roads on the Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation on the wall at the “Fry Bread and Chili” store (yum!), and so we drove down through the reservation roads a bit, looking for signs, tracks, and bigfoot in general. 

Fry Bread & Chili Shop

One of the locals with the Tribal Police had pointed up behind the church that was being restored and said that a lot of sightings and howls had been heard in that area. 

Church in Mescalero, and area east and south of there where bigfoot is often heard/seen

Others also pointed in that same direction, east and/or south of Mescalero for sightings by tribal members.  We knew a lot of sightings occurred in the Ruidoso area as well, just south, or west of there.  We checked out all areas of interest, but still had no luck during the daytime.  The first night we slept in a motel in Ruidoso, having made the reservations earlier in expectation of snow and ice and freezing temperatures in the area; but the weather was great!  The next day we checked out the geology of the area discovering that Permian limestone had been intruded in places with igneous rock, as well as some faulting apparent in some of the outcrops.  We were curious to see if any karst caves were in the area or not, having seen protokarst in the limestone behind the Pizza Hut in Ruidoso.

Limestone boulders left over after mountainside was bulldozed out leave clues to possible caves in the area


Bruce chipping away at Limestone boulders


Protokarst (beginnings of limestone solution holes which eventually form caves/caverns) in limestone behind Pizza Hut, Ruidoso, NM     

Could caves be in the area for bigfoot to hide in?


Cemented rock pieces on the bottom of this boulder show a cave was present before this rock was displaced


Tiny stalactites and calcite formations on the “roof” of this tiny protokarst cave that was once in the hillside before it was dug out


Limestone with calcite deposits on “cave roof”

The second night we camped out, right west of the Bonito Lake area.  It was obvious that the BFRO group had scattered by then, but we stayed anyway.  The Bonito Lake area had igneous rocks all around it (basalt, andesite, and rhyolite were all found in the same outcrop!).  The Lat/Long of area is: 33 19.409N by 105 37.657W NAD27

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Bonita Lake


We set up camp on National Forest lands, built a fire, set out bait (sardines for smell, and beer since that is one of the things we had heard more than once that bigfoot likes! Ha!) and set up the “big ear” (a parabolic dish with microphone and tape recorder to tape any sounds from the woods or the area) and played music for a while.  We slept inside the van once it got too late and cold outside.  Dogs barked up the canyon for a good while.  This was new years eve so we half expected some activity by people in the area, but all that happened (besides the winds blowing suddenly, and continuing throughout the night, blowing the big ear down in the process) was 6 gunshots in a row (panic shots?) at 2:10AM but the dogs stayed silent.  By morning the bait we had set out was still there… not even a bear nor any other animals had touched it!  We headed on to Carrizozo, NM and then to Three Rivers.

Our campsite west of Bonito Lake – a common area for bigfoot sightings

At Three Rivers we took some GPS coordinates (Lat/Long is: 33 23.999N and 105 53.879W NAD27 at road where John was when he spotted it) of the area where John Bohannon (the campground caretaker) had previously seen a bigfoot.  He lives on the grounds full-time.  He told us that around the 18th to the 20th of Nov, 2004 (just a number of weeks before we arrived) between 9PM and midnight he was sitting in his little trailer (Lat/Long is: 33 24.065N by 105 53.220W NAD27) when he heard footsteps on the gravel on the north side of his home.  Then he heard the water bucket (which was about ½ full of water) handle being “played with” as the handle was lifted, dropped, lifted, and dropped, several times at the head of his trailer.  Then he heard footsteps continue in the gravel driveway near the front of his trailer and he saw a shadow, in the moonlight, pass by the window.  He saw the upper torso, arms, etc. but the head was too high to see.  He didn’t say he saw the actual body, but the shadow.  He got the willies so just stayed inside for a while.  When he went out later the cats were sitting on the couch on his front patio area, not far from the front door.  Everything seemed in place at that point.  Bigfoot was the only sensible explanation to John for what he had seen.  We gave him some plaster to keep nearby so if he ever finds footprints he can cast one of them.

John’s trailer where a large shadow passed by his window (head taller than the window)

One last and interesting thing John did tell us about is a cavern “that makes Carlsbad and Lechugia Cave look puny in comparison.”  He said it was near Bent; between there and Mescalero.  He said he had entered it in his younger days back before it was closed off by the government in the 1960’s.  If this cave is hiding out there somewhere then that is huge evidence of karst in this bigfoot “hot spot” area.  Caves are one of the things which we are looking at in the locality(ies) where bigfoot resides in case they use it for shelter.  The limestone protokarst area in Ruidoso was a small but viable indication of that possibility.  It is obvious that we did not find bigfoot, however, on this trip, but we certainly made some headway into understanding the geology and the terrain in which bigfoot lives and continues to successfully hide.  Perhaps next time.

One day… one day…

Written 1/3/05 by Sharon Eby




Additional Reportings for the Map below:

I am adding in a couple of items here that are not written up as actual reports for this site, but are found elsewhere.

One is the few bigfoot sightings (includes the Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation) in Otero and Lincoln counties in southern NM (listed on the bfro site here) and the other is a scent (like a cross between a wet dog and a skunk - smelled just after I felt an "ominous" presence outside and double-checked the locks on my house before leaving because it was so eerie) I picked up of what I believe to be a bigfoot in the Hueco Mountains area (1 mi. north of Montana St) in December, 2004  in my front yard at aprrox. 10:45pm.








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