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UFO Sighting Report - USA

June 27th 1981 : Cow Canyon, Escalante River Arm of Lake Powell, Utah


UFOINFO Sighting Form Report

Location: Cow Canyon, Escalante River Arm of Lake Powell in southern Utah

Date: June 27 1981

Time: 10:30pm

Number of witnesses: 15

Number of objects: 2

Shape of objects: Object was described as animate, larger than a bat and "creature-like." The object emitted a bright light, like a strobe, that flashed at 2 to 4 second intervals.

Could your sighting be a UFO balloon/lantern?: No

Weather Conditions: Clear night

Description: I was a Park Ranger assigned in law enforcement at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (Lake Powell). On the night of 6/29/1981 a gentleman called the Wahweap Ranger Office and requested a Ranger meet him at the Wahweap launch ramp. A Ranger responded and took this formal "Case Incident Report."

A group of 15 individuals from Salt Lake City, Utah were camping in Cow Canyon, in the Escalante River Arm, of Lake Powell. The group were all members of the LDS Church and there was absolutely no use of alcohol, or drugs.

At approx. 10:30 p.m. the group noticed a bright light, which was described to be flashing at 2-4 second intervals, was coming down the left side of the canyon in midair. The object circled above the group and then flew down the right side of the canyon. The light was described to be similar to a strobe light and bright enough to light up the canyon wall.

The group observed the light flying in close proximity to their campsite for approximately one and a half (1 1/2) hours. At one point the object was thirty (30) feet away, when a group member shined a spot light on it and described what he saw as "creature-like." Further details include: "winged and larger than a bat." At this point another light appeared and seemed to flash a signal which was answered by the original light. Both lights then disappeared down the middle of the canyon.

To me this is an amazing report. The individual making the report did not want his name used and wanted no publicity for himself. The length of time (i.e. 1 1/2 hrs.) that the object was observed, is in itself remarkable and I have not heard of any other report of this duration.

During the summer of 1981 the National Park Service received a number of reports of "giant fireflys." at the Carl Hayden Visitor Center. These reports were coming from boaters camped on the shoreline of Lake Powell. At first the Park Service staff members, thought the campers were seeing the strobe lights on the stacks of the Navajo Generating Station, southeast of Page, Arizona. These lights can be seen for miles but some of the campers were in canyon locations, where the power plant stacks could not be seen. It is possible that the sightings of "giant fireflys" were what the group saw on 6/27/1981.

There was a second verbal report given to the Bullfrog District Ranger about a similar sighting to the 6/27/1981 one. The second report was not documented unfortunately but occured two, or more, weeks after the 6/27/1981 report. The individuals who made the second report, were supposed to be on Lake Powell for a week, on a houseboat. The first night out of Bullfrog, they camped in Cow Canyon, the same canyon as the 6/27/1981 sighting. The second sighting was very similar to the first sighting. The second group were so disturbed by what they saw, that they returned to Bullfrog Marina, the following morning and turned in their houseboat and said "we are getting the hell out of here," after describing what had happened to them.

TV/Radio: No TV or radio press on these sightings. As far as I know this official Dept. of Interior, Case Incident Report, has not been written about until this report I am making.