Arizona Cryptids

Arizona has a lot of cryptids. You wouldn't think so, with a desert and lack of water, it seems inhospitable to most creatures, but you'd be amazed at how may reports we get.

The Army Corps camels were released in the early 1900s into the desert and legends still remain of people seeing them or ghost versions. The eerie thing about this story is that in the early 1900s, a rancher saw the camel at the well out front and it had a skeleton attached to it by ropes. The story said that the army corps guys tied a scared soldier to the camel to stay put and the camel ran off, the man died, and the camel was reportedly seen by several people with the body still strapped on.

There are lots of very good reports of Bigfoot in the high country and even some reports in the desert. I used to dispute the concept of Bigfoot in the desert, but other hominins live here, such as ourselves and the Native Americans who lived here long before air conditioning and plumbing.

Arizona's most reports are of Thunderbirds and skinwalkers - remnants of the Native America belief systems and legends, but legends that seem to based on something actually still seen today by people who never believed in anything that wasn't already discovered.

Lately, more and more of the chupacabra reportings are popping up, especially in the Tucson area.

I am on the team of Crypto 4 Corners and I am always available for any reports of cryptids in Arizona. Believe me, nothing is too "weird" for me. I'm always willing to document your story and investigate.

There is so much more to this state than anyone would imagine. 


  1. hey just call me joker its my nickname from my family. a friend of mines saw something near southern az close to the boarder. discription goes as follows: 1 large appproximatly 6ft or taller dark humannoid figure moving fast near a tree line about 5 miles south of parker canyon lake. its in a national forest althouh i dont remember which one. creature had reflective orage/golden eyes when my friends passenger shined a light at it. then without warning or any noticabble movement the creature as my friend put it " it literally vanished! i didnt see it move i didnt hear any rustling or cracking of branches. NOTHING! it was odd ... i dont know what i saw" not much info and i dont think its a skinwalker, ( i am full blooded navajo) this sounds different. im from northern az so i dont know many cryptids from southern az. so im looking for help in trying to answer his question as he did reach out to me. my own opion is it is a southern native tribe's cryptid or one from mexico but im not sure. he is vollenturing for more work from his job in the area and said if he gets a chance he'll try to catch it on cam next time using his phone or try to get a pic

    1. This sounds like something in the realm of Bigfoot. It's actually not unusual for sightings in the Sonoran Desert. Even the Mojave has Yucca Man. Here in the Phoenix area, we have sightings and encounters along the Salt and Gila Rivers. There have been sightings in Gila Bend and Buckeye. We make assumptions that because they are hairy they can't tolerate the heat, but we have no issues with wildcats, coyotes, and others living in the heat. If a Native Person can thrive in this environment, so could they. Watersheds are critical for the Tall Ones, so any waterways that might cut off of Parker Canyon Lake might be viable habitats. If he gets a chance to photograph one or has an encounter, please have him contact me. I archive encounters so they aren't lost to the data. Thanks Joker. :)


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