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The Haunted Legacy of the Archuletta Mesa

Lying in a mountainous region of northern New Mexico near the infamous town of Dulce is a wondrous geological formation known as Archuletta Mesa. Right in the midst of the Jicarilla Apache Reservation, the mesa is considered sacred ground to the tribe. It is here that an unusual history of secret government underground operations, UFO’s, and paranormal events manifest themselves with an eerie persistence.

Norio’s expertise on an enduring enigma

I spoke at length with Norio Hayakawa about the weird history of strange events that permeate this particularly infamous region where Indian folklore, rumors of secret operations, and unknown aerial visitations meet. After all, Norio should know. He has extensively explored, interviewed inhabitants, and conducted annual conferences on the subject of UFO’s and rumors of a deep underground base that many are convinced is there. So hold onto to your hats as we take a ride through a disturbing succession of bizarre events that are not supposed to happen, and our mainstream media will refuse to report on because there is a truth our here on the Mesa that contradicts preconceived notions of normality.

It all began in the early seventies when the grim reality of cattle mutilations began to surface. New Mexico became one of the centers of the controversy. Local ranchers began losing heads of cattle at an alarming rate, yet local authorities such as State Trooper, Gabe Valdez were unable to get to the bottom of it. The FBI opened a vault on declassified documents that disclosed its considerable history of investigative evidence on everything from UFO’s to bank robberies. December of 2010 saw for the first time in decades sensitive documents and interdepartmental memos that showed just how intensively the FBI had worked with the US armed forces in the UFO mystery beginning in 1947.

FBI comes to Archuletta and Dulce area

Cattle mutilations became the most voluminous subject of investigation that the bureau had kept records on. By 1973 the agency was forced to engage in a phenomenon that it normally would not have reviewed but for the interstate aspect of the FBI’s charter. Reluctant to enter a continuing mystery with no end in sight, FBI agents worked with sheriff’s departments and ranchers to try and determine just what was causing the bizarre deaths of their investments in livestock. By 1978 the federal government had issued a $250,000 dollar grant to aid local agencies in funding efforts to build a case and accumulate evidence on the abnormal aspects of the cases being investigated. That effort included Dulce and the Archuletta Mesa area as State Trooper, Gabe Valdez, accumulated evidence at the mutilation sites on the ranch of Manuel Gomez. At least 17 cattle were found with unusual removal of tissue from varying areas on their bodies ranging from reproductive organs to lips and eyes. With laser-like precision incisions that were cauterized so that no blood was left in the wounds characterized the alarming plight of the animals.

That wasn’t all. At the same time nocturnal aerial lights were viewed by residents of Dulce as well as Apache Indians within the Jicarilla Reservation where the Archuletta Mesa stands. While reports of strange underground noises and vibrations alarmed local people fueling the underground base rumors, this was not the only manifestation that haunts the region. Paranormal events have occurred for a long time in the nearby canyon and surrounding terrain. The local Native Americans have not ignored these developments either.

The American Indian has always attributed a spiritual realm to the vast and beautiful expanses of desert, forest, and rock formations that grace the Dulce Archuletta Mesa region. The sacred grounds of the Jicarilla Apaches are said to be rich in mysterious happenings that intrigue the curious and baffle science in the quest for answers over a legacy of weird sightings and events that defy explanation.

Robert Vigil (Veal) weighs in on the Archuletta legacy

Robert Vigil, one of many Native Americans who call the Dulce and Archuletta Mesa his home has some compelling recollections to share with those who dare to cross the normal realm and look into the enchanted puzzles that perpetuate themselves in mysterious sightings that amaze local Apaches just  as much as the townspeople of Dulce. Robert’s visions, encounters with unique observations, and his location of what appear to be deep tunnel entrances to a secret underground base leave the listener spellbound as he explains his findings.

Cryptozoology

Roberts talks of the disappearance of food and drink from the picnic tables along the J-2 road that runs along the front of the Archuletta Mesa rock face and climbs upward deep into Jicarilla Apache reservation lands. As people bring picnic foods to the tables while enjoying the countryside many report that their meals vanish in short order! Robert Vigil attributes this to the presence of Big Foot type creatures who actually dwell in the area and steal the food. The very name “Sasquatch” came about from the name given by a Canadian Indian tribe.

Fire in the sky

Robert tells of an unsettling experience reported by his cousin who was sleeping in a small adobe house with a single window at the edge of Cordova Canyon. The house sat on the side of a dirt road overlooking the canyon. One night as his cousin slept he heard a noise that he assumed was an approaching car. Too tired to get up and go to the door. He merely lay awake waiting for whoever it was driving up to knock on his door, but no knock came! Instead, a fiery bright light flooded his window waking him completely and rousing his suspicion that perhaps a wildfire had been ignited. When Robert’s cousin opened his door he was aghast at the sight of the entire night sky had being lit up by a strange intense light that did not originate from any conventional source that he could discern! Who or what had caused such a brilliant nocturnal display?

Where spirits of the dead speak

Roberts has had his paranormal experiences here himself. He worked for his tribe in hospice services and was one day told to retrieve the body of a baby that had miscarried from cold storage for a burial ceremony. It was the stillborn infant of his sister. When he retrieved the chilled body of the baby he stared at it face to face for a moment and the spirit of the child spoke to him. Robert was not as shaken as most people would be as American Indians expect to have such experiences. He said that the baby’s spirit had said that it was happy and was now with her grandparents and other family members who had previously passed on. The baby’s spirit told him that his sister would have another child very soon and not to be so sad over losing her last infant. When Robert later told his sister who was still mourning over the loss of her baby about what happened she became upset with him. For a time he did not see her and her family until one day when he was walking down the road and her car stopped alongside him. She offered to give him a ride and they went out to eat at a restaurant. While there she told Robert she was so happy to find out that she was once again pregnant when doctors had told her she would never have another child.

Robert talks of looking into the sky while atop Archuletta Mesa one day and to be amazed as he saw what appeared to by an angel but upon closer inspection instead appeared to be the Lord Jesus. He peered up into the heavens with a smile as he observed the incredible spiritual vision drifting above in the clouds. Vigil attributes his ability to capture these visions because he is patient and open to such magical images whereas most people are typically too pre-occupied to pay attention to the miracles happening around them.

An unsettling extraterrestrial tale

Adding to the incredible legacy of Archuletta Mesa is another of Robert Vigil’s testimonies to the extraterrestrial aspects of the area which are just as real to him as his native spiritual instincts. He told me of being contacted by a man claiming to be from Australia who had wanted to use his services as a guide to the region. The man explained he was doing some UFO research and needed a local familiar with the area to get him to the top of Archuletta Mesa so that he could conduct an experiment. Robert agreed and was actually paid well by the is mysterious individual.

They drove up the  J-2  dirt road and ascended the steep mesa path in the dark of the night. This Australian came to Dulce driving a top of the line BMW and had a beautiful woman with him who appeared to be a classic blonde Nordic beauty having stunning features. The curious stranger had even brought with him some cold beer in an ice chest to keep them cool on that warm summer night. As they enjoyed a couple of beers and quietly peered into the starry sky, Robert noticed something out of the corner of his eye where the Australian was standing. The stranger shape changed into what appeared to be an different entity, a space alien!  Robert was shaken for a moment fearing what he had just gotten a glimpse of. At first, he kept his silence until he could no longer remain mute. Finally Vigil spoke, asking the Australian who he really was.

The man admitted that he was indeed not human and that he had come to Archuletta Mesa for a reason. He went into his BMW and extracted a strange device that looked like a strobe machine. He hooked it up and switched it on. When the strobe flashed into the night skies an incredible thing happened. Suddenly from the darkened night came glowing UFO’s that flew directly over them. This Australian stranger had summoned a nocturnal flying saucer visitation at will! Robert was amazed to say the least. The man confessed to Vigil that he was one of them and the question that had haunted him all his life had been, why had they left him here on earth? Why had they never come back for him? Such is the stuff of fantastic stories and incredible legends that make the Archuletta Mesa an enduring enigma!

The Ancient Ones

Anasazi ruins are still evident in Cordova Canyon. “Anasazi” means (the ancient ones) according to Native American lore. Archeologists have mistakenly attributed the Anasazi as merely being predecessors to the Pueblo Indians, who actually found and occupied the abandoned Anasazi ruins and then copied their construction to make newer ones for themselves. In truth, the Anasazi mysteriously vanished without a trace. The science of archeology has tried to rationally explain this away as the tribe being driven out by plague or drought and being forced to vacate the earthen dwellings they had once constructed. Still, the true explanation eludes us in this mysterious region that defies conventional wisdom.

Another UFO incident

One last tale of suspense and intrigue to add to the incredible legacy of extraterrestrial influence that many have witnessed in the vicinity of the Jicarilla Apache sacred grounds. Norio Hayakawa told me of a disturbing UFO sighting that frightened a woman whose property on the mesa became the site of an unwelcome visitation. She called the police for help after watching a silvery disk flying about and then apparently land on her yard. She claimed that a small entity got out of the craft and stood in front of the flying saucer holding something in front of itself like a small box or device. She became frightened thinking that it could be a weapon of some kind as minutes passed.

Death beneath the mesa

One might recall testimony given by Phil Schneider before his untimely death as he described being seriously wounded during an underground firefight between alien entities and US special forces. Phil was struck down as if by a bolt of lightning when one of the hostile beings held its hands in front of its torso as though it were holding a small box just before Schneider was almost killed struck down by a death ray of some kind. The incident occurred while Schneider, serving as a geological consultant, was lowered down a test shaft to investigate a strange soot that was being emitted from the deep hole. Phil’s job was to identify rock formations as the government’s secret drilling operation encountered strata that needed to be eliminated as efficiently as possible by explosives or other means. This fatal confrontation between subterranean alien beings and humans occurred once Phil descended into a deep shaft along with soldiers there to protect him and other civilian specialists involved in the project. In 1979 the town of Dulce was rocked by an emergency of unknown proportions when the underground battle began! Many US soldiers died in that hostile exchange.

Maybe the only place on earth where so many forces converge

That such occurrences could transpire in the remote wilderness of this sacred ground of the Jicarilla Apache tribe is a testament to an enduring paradox as different worlds that have collided there. The ancient spiritual world of Native Americans, the paranormal realm of Big Foots, secret government black operations deep underground, and the continued appearance of UFO sightings demonstrate a convergence of seemingly clashing dimensions that only seem indigenous to this unique formation in northern New Mexico known as Archuletta Mesa.

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The cast of Ghost Hunters to host panel at AlienCon

AlienCon the world’s first convention dedicated to seeking the truth about extraterrestrial existence and solving the mysteries of the universe, has announced new program details for the October 4-6 event in Dallas, Texas. A+E Networks previously announced celebrity guests at AlienCon Dallas will include HISTORY’s Ancient Aliens” contributors Giorgio A. Tsoukalos, David Childress, Nick Pope, Caroline Cory, Jason Martell, John Brandenburg, Travis Taylor, and Jonathan Young.

The entire cast of A&E’s “Ghost Hunters,” one of the most successful paranormal series of all time, joins AlienCon Dallas for a panel discussion, Inside the World of A&E’s “Ghost Hunters,” on Saturday, October 5 at 2:20pm.

Have you ever wondered what it takes to investigate the paranormal? Hear from paranormal expert Grant Wilson and his new team of investigators. For the first time ever, this team of seven paranormal investigators – Wilson, Daryl Marston, Kristen Luman, Brandon Alvis, Mustafa Gatollari, Brian Murray and Richel Stratton – are sharing their approach to investigations, the cutting-edge technology they use, and how they research and prepare to go into a hunt.

Panel:  Inside the World of A&E’s “Ghost Hunters”

Saturday, 10/5 at 2:20PM 

Grant Wilson, team leader/executive producer, and panel moderator
Daryl Marston, co-lead investigator
Kristen Luman, co-lead investigator
Mustafa Gatollari, site analyst/researcher/paranormal investigator
Brandon Alvis, tech manager/paranormal investigator
Richel Stratton, paranormal investigator
Brian Murray, paranormal investigator

There will also be two panel discussions regarding the Skinwalker Ranch

Panel: The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch
Friday 10/4 at 1:40PM

Panel: The Future of Skinwalker Ranch
Saturday, 10/5 at 11:00AM

Fans can learn more about ticket packages, special celebrity guests, and up-to-the-minute AlienCon Dallas programming information by visiting TheAlienCon.com.

AlienCon, owned by A+E Networks® in partnership with Prometheus Entertainment and produced by Mischief Management, LLC, is a three-day fan event inspired by HISTORY®’s hit series, Ancient Aliens®. AlienCon offers the opportunity for like-minded people to come together to challenge existing beliefs and seek disclosure of all kinds in an environment that inspires discovery and discussion.  The event will feature over 150 hours of original programming, sneak peeks and exclusive panels. Attendees can meet and mingle with their favorite celebrity guests.

More information can be found on the AlienCon website: TheAlienCon

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A Taos Close Encounter of the Hunters and Aliens Kind

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Staci Matlock
Taos News

From left, Josh Brinkley and Daniel Lucero were out bow hunting for elk near Cerro de la Olla Monday (Sept. 2) northwest of Taos when they had a strange encounter with a gigantic white structure that then disappeared. A day earlier, Brinkley saw what he thought were two hunters, but later described as oddly clothed “very tall figures with oversized heads.” The two men are still trying to figure out what they saw.

Bow hunters Josh Brinkley and Daniel Lucero, dressed in camouflage gear, looked a little uncomfortable sitting in chairs at a local newspaper.

The Santa Fe County residents had just come into Taos after several days in rugged terrain near Cerro de la Olla, also called Pot Mountain, northwest of town near Ute Mountain.

They had a strange tale to tell and they weren’t sure of their reception.

“We’re a couple of guys that don’t believe in much, but we believe now,” Brinkley said.

They went hunting for elk.

They encountered aliens or something else so strange they don’t know what to call it.

Brinkley, 41, said he’s been going to the Pot Mountain area hunting for 15 years. He had never seen anything particularly odd.

He said he works construction and on movie sets. He’s a family guy who doesn’t want anyone to think he’s crazy.

He and Lucero have worked together for eight years.

They say they aren’t prone to seeing things and didn’t particularly believe in aliens.

Odd Figures

Opening morning of bow hunting season was Sunday (Sept. 1). The two men had gone a couple of days early to scout the area for elk. Lucero, 26, had never been there.

They set up along the tree line on different sides of a field and waited. After three hours and no elk, Brinkley became restless. It was about 9:30 a.m.

“I take off walking, creeping around through the woods, looking for elk,” Brinkley said.

He reached the top of the mountain where there’s a caldera, a kind of wide bowl left behind by a collapsed volcano. He went to the edge on the southwest side. As he walked to the edge he noticed two figures on his side of the caldera. He thought at first they were hunters. But, they were “very tall shapes of these beings, standing side by side, staring right at me,” he said.

He walked toward them across the brushy field. He estimates they were about 35 yards away. As a bow hunter, where measuring distance is critical to hitting a target, he said he’s pretty adept at it. He went around the bush and looked again. The figures were gone.

He looked around and didn’t see them. “Figured I would talk to them. They were gone, just gone,” Brinkley said.

He thought more about what he had seen: With their lower half concealed by bushes in the caldera, he had only seen them from the waist up. “The shape that would be like their heads, it looked like they had huge hoods on. It looked like two ribbons coming off either side to a point at the top and bottom (like a banana). The right side was black, left side was white and a little shiny. Torsos were kind of black, I couldn’t see many details. It definitely looked like clothes. In middle of the oval was just gray.”

He thought maybe it was the back of hunters’ heads. “But it looked too strange, too crazy.”

Later, he drew what he could remember of them in a leather bound sketchbook he carries with him. And he drew what he saw next.

Weirded Out

Brinkley hurried back to where Lucero was still waiting. Still no elk. “I was a little weirded out,” he told his friend.

He told Lucero he had seen a couple of hunters and that’s probably what had scared off the elk. He couldn’t bring himself at first to say what he might have just imagined.

They went back to camp. “I couldn’t take it any more,” Brinkley said. “I told him what I saw was weird. They were too tall, their heads were too big to be hunters.”

“Anyone who knows me knows I don’t tell these weird stories.”

Lucero said he had known something was up when Brinkley had walked quickly and noisily up to his position at the field. Normally his friend is quiet, a hunter’s slower, more measured speed through the bushes.

After Brinkley told him, Lucero felt a little weird, too. “I didn’t know what to believe,” Lucero said.

Brinkley kind of wrote off what he saw.

A Strange Structure

On Labor Day (Sept. 2), they headed out again to hunt early in the morning and hiked all around the area. No elk. They got back to their Jeep at about 2:30 p.m.

“We couldn’t figure out why there was no elk,” Brinkley said.

They decided to drive to the other side of the mountain and see if there were other hunters or four-wheelers scaring off the elk. As they drove, the men saw no signs of any wildlife at all, they said.

They drove about 10 minutes, when they saw it. They both work with movie sets. At first they thought it was a movie base camp. “It’s this big tent structure, like a circus tent, 50-60 feet tall. Coming off the left of it was this long building, almost like what you would build for an archery lane for target practice. It was a third the height, but really long, maybe a couple hundred feet.”

They were about a quarter mile away and couldn’t see the bottom of the structure.

They watched it for about a minute as they drove.

“What is it,” he asked Lucero, “a base camp for a movie? Or are they building an alien ship set?”

They drove down a little hill, lost sight of the structure for at most five seconds, Brinkley said.

“When we topped the hill, it was gone. Just gone.”

Lucero said he was watching it the whole time while Brinkley drove except for those few seconds. “There was no dust, there was nothing,” Lucero said.

They drove around the area searching for what they had seen until dark.

Nothing.

“I just know it was real,” Brinkley said. “It was huge and white and then gone.”

‘Profoundly Unsettling’

When the two men reached a place with cell signal, they told a few friends what they had seen. They thought about calling the Air Force. A friend put them in touch with Peter Davenport, longtime executive director of the National UFO Reporting Center in Washington state.

Davenport confirmed they had called him. “It was a dramatic story,” he said. “If it is true, it is profoundly unsettling.”

He said out of the thousands of calls he gets every year about supposed alien sightings, they rarely describe seeing aliens on the ground.

They aren’t the first hunters to see something they can’t explain. Four hunters in Challis, Idaho, in 2000 described having a large triangular craft hover a couple of hundred feet above them before moving off over the mountains.

After listening to some 350,000 phone calls over 25 years, Davenport thinks he can tell those that are credible.

This was one of them, he said.

Brinkley and Lucero said they weren’t drinking and weren’t on drugs.

The hardest thing is telling their story. “People probably think we are insane,” Brinkley said

He said he didn’t believe in UFOs. “I sure do now,” he said.

Lucero said he doesn’t know about aliens. “I just know I’ve never seen anything that big just disappear.”

“The two aliens, you can say I imagined that. But you cannot explain something that big just — gone,” Brinkley said.

After telling their strange tale, the hunters did what they came to do – go try one more time to find elk.

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New Mexico Hunters Have ET Encounter on Pot Mountain

Let’s answer a few of the obvious questions right away. Yes, there really is a Pot Mountain in New Mexico. No, it has nothing to do with marijuana. Yes, that may absolve the two ET-spotting hunters from accusations that they were high when they claim to have seen two tall big-headed, half-black/half-white aliens on Pot Mountain. No, they weren’t trying to be politically correct with that description. Yes, one saw the creatures and both saw something that was either their tent or their means of transportation. And no, they didn’t take any pictures. However, it’s an interesting story and UFO expert believes their sincerity in telling it.

“We’re a couple of guys that don’t believe in much, but we believe now.”

Josh Brinkley and Daniel Lucero were still in their bow-hunting camouflage clothing when they told their story to the Taos News. The friends and co-workers have been hunting together for elk for years, but this was Lucero’s first time on Cerro de la Olla – an inactive volcanic mountain northwest of Taos named Mountain of the Pot or Pot Mountain because of its pot shape. Brinkley brought him there a few days before the September 1 opening day of elk season to scout for some good spots. However, he was alone and wondering why there were no elk around when he had his first close encounter.

“[I noticed the] very tall shapes of these beings, standing side by side, staring right at me. The shape that would be like their heads, it looked like they had huge hoods on. It looked like two ribbons coming off either side to a point at the top and bottom (like a banana). The right side was black, left side was white and a little shiny. Torsos were kind of black, I couldn’t see many details. It definitely looked like clothes. In middle of the oval was just gray.”

Brinkley estimated the creatures were 35 feet from him. As he walked around a bush to get a better look, they disappeared. He told the Taos News that he returned to Lucero but hesitated before telling him about the unbelievable encounter with the two tall beings. They returned to the same area the next day and still saw no elk. That’s when both hunters had a close encounter of the tent kind.

“It’s this big tent structure, like a circus tent, 50-60 feet tall. Coming off the left of it was this long building, almost like what you would build for an archery lane for target practice. It was a third the height, but really long, maybe a couple hundred feet.”

As they drove around to get closer, they lost sight of the structure for less than five seconds. When they had a view again of where it was … it wasn’t.

“When we topped the hill, it was gone. Just gone. There was no dust, there was nothing, I just know it was real. It was huge and white and then gone.”

A white circus tent but not even close

They had no further encounters. In addition to the Taos News, they told their story to Peter Davenport, the executive director of the National UFO Reporting Center, who was intrigued by the witnesses claiming to see actual alien creatures and added this comment to the report of the call.

“NUFORC was impressed with what we perceived to be the apparent sincerity of the caller during the telephone conversation with him.”

One discrepancy between the two accounts – NUFORC says there were three witnesses while the Taos News says there were only Brinkley and Lucero. That might be cleared up with an official written account to NUFORC by the witnesses, but that hasn’t happened yet.

What did Josh Brinkley and Daniel Lucero see? Taos is well-known as a center for New Age beliefs, but it and New Mexico in general have had their share of strange incidents and alien encounters, ranging from the mysterious Taos hum to the Roswell UFO crash to extraterrestrials living in caverns near Dulce to the alleged 1948 ‘flying saucer’ crash in Hart Canyon near Aztec with 14 to 16 small humanoid corpses found in the wreckage.

Is the incident on Pot Mountain just a good title for a major motion picture or a real close encounter? It would have helped their case to have photos instead of drawings and another witness who is not also a friend and co-worker. It would have also helped if there were footprints of the ETs and imprints or other evidence of the mysterious tent.

Keep looking up … unless hunting season has started.

Source: Mysterious Universe

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