This Arizona Monster Wants a Man Cave
While Bigfoot is rumored to be lurking through the foggy forests of the Pacific Northwest, Arizona has its own history of strange bipedal creatures roaming the night. The Mogollon Monster, or Arizona’s Bigfoot, is an ape-like creature said to dwell in central and eastern Arizona along the Mogollon Rim.
Meet the Mogollon Monster
The Mogollon Monster is estimated to be seven feet tall and sports large red eyes and shaggy fur that ranges in color. Those who have encountered this beast have claimed he emanated a foul odor similar to a horrifying mix of dead fish, bad body odor, and decaying carcasses.
The oldest known reported sighting was recorded in the 1903 edition of The Arizona Republican, in which I.W. Stevens described a creature seen near the Grand Canyon as having "long white hair and matted beard that reached to his knees. [He] wore no clothing, and upon his talon-like fingers were claws at least two inches long."
Upon further inspection, he noted, "a coat of gray hair nearly covered his body, with here and there a spot of dirty skin showing." He later stated that after he discovered the creature drinking the blood of two cougars, he was threatened with a club before the monster "screamed the wildest, most unearthly screech."
Though most sightings of the desert dweller are decades old, the Mogollon Monster was reportedly spotted by a sociology student in 2014. The student reported their sighting to the Cryptozoology News. She was hiking the Canyon Point trail near Payson when she saw what she described as a “troll-looking creature” drinking from a pool of water.
The student said the creature “was human-looking [with] no hair on it but full of bumps. The eyes were kind of brown-red. Thick big nose, small lips. No expression on its face at all. It then took off running like a person.”
While the Mogollon Monster is typically described as being quite hairy, it’s possible that he wanted to change up his look with a fresh shave.
If you’re a believer (or if you’d rather want to disprove the myth), here are some tips for spotting the Mogollon Monster:
Either way, we hope you have a nose plug handy — it’s time to find this malodorous monster a place to call home!
Desert Mansions for the Mogollon Monster
The Mogollon Monster is a large creature that also likes to live large. Having spent his entire life in the canyons of Arizona’s desert, he’s stumbled across plenty of treasures that are worth a fortune today. Since the average cost for a home in Arizona is only $383,799, our monster man is in a great position to become a homeowner.
This first property is a 40-acre lot just north of the Mogollon Rim. It’s located in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, giving our hairy friend ample space to roam and patrol the land he loves so much. The property is surrounded by Ponderosa pines, granting our mysterious monster plenty of privacy.
The second spot in our house hunt is a modest wood cabin set on 15 acres in the Coconino National Forest. The property includes a 2 bed, 2 bathroom cabin along with a guest cabin for Mogollon’s annual monster mash parties. He can enjoy baths in the private pond and live off the grid thanks to a solar power system and propane generator on the property.
The last property on our house hunting list is the perfect retreat for the Mogollon Monster. Sitting on 148 acres of land deep in the Tonto National Forest is an antique property that should make Mogollon feel right at home. The property includes a historic homestead that was once used for ranching in the 1800s. If this decrepit home doesn’t say “stay away,” then the smell of our monster mate certainly will.
Now only one question remains... What do you get a Mogollon Monster for his closing gift? Let us know in the comments down below!