10 of the Best Places to Spot Yeti, Bigfoot, and Sasquatch
Despite its reputation as the world hide-and-seek champion, you just may spot one of the elusive beings in one of these 10 hotspots.
These large, hairy creatures have been sighted around the world, and they appear frequently in ancient folklore. With sightings rolling into the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization as recently as December 2021, here are some of the places you should visit as you search for Yeti, Bigfoot, and Sasquatch.
Bigfoot is a protected species in at least one Washington county where it is illegal to harm the ape-like cryptid. The Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO) has logged more than 700 sightings in Washington, including one as recently as December 2021. In January of 2020, a traffic cam maintained by the Washington State Department of Transportation purportedly recorded Bigfoot walking through the snow.
Willow Creek, California
Dubbed the gateway to Bigfoot Country, Willow Creek is the site of the most famous Bigfoot footage—the classic photo of the dark, hairy creature traversing the actual Willow Creek in Six Rivers National Forest. A museum in the town houses a series of casts of Bigfoot footprints, photos, and other information and evidence about the being. Hundreds of Bigfoot hunters flock to the town and adjacent national forest each year in hopes of catching a glimpse of Bigfoot.
The Himalaya Mountains
The yeti monster originates in Himalayan lore dating back several thousand years. Much like a Bigfoot or Sasquatch, a Yeti walks on two feet and has typically been described as having dark fur. In more recent times, the monster has been spotted by hikers in the Himalayas—including on Mount Everest.
A hunter and his wife thought it was a moose call when they heard a long, loud shriek in the northwestern Ontario wilderness, but then they heard it again. According to The Guardian, locals were torn between believing it was a sasquatch or a wendigo, a cryptid from indigenous legend. BFRO has 68 Bigfoot reports from Ontario, the most recent of which was in July 2020 when campers reported hearing howls and cracking branches near their campsite.
White Hall, New York
The small town in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains declared Bigfoot to be the town mascot after a long history with the famous cryptid. There are several Bigfoot statues posted around town, and sightings date back more than 50 years. There are Bigfoot-themed activities throughout the year, and according to Only In Your State, even the town’s police officers have gone on the record to recount their experiences with the creature.
Blue Mountains, Oregon
The Blue Mountains in northeastern Oregon are another PNW hotspot for Bigfoot activity. With more than 250 sightings logged by BFRO, Oregon is rife with opportunities to hunt for the elusive cryptid. Organized Bigfoot sighting tours are offered by land, sea, and air. Oregon’s premier Bigfoot researcher, Scott Violette, says he has seen what could have been Bigfoot tracks outside Baker City, Oregon.
Despite Sasquatch’s apparent cold-weather preference, Florida is home to a similar creature known as a Skunk Ape. BFRO reports more than 300 sightings, and a news report from KFLA says many sightings happen in Collier and Polk counties. Collier County is adjacent to Everglades National Park. Perhaps alligators aren’t the only creature lurking in the Florida swamps.
In May of 2021, a woman outside a gym in Ashland, Ohio, said she spotted a large, gray hairy creature about 30 yards from her when she left the facility after a workout. Matthew Moneymaker, the founder of the BFRO, told an Ohio news station that he had personally encountered Bigfoot in Ohio during his time at the University of Akron and that he believed the woman’s report. BFRO has logged several hundred bigfoot reports from Ohio, the most recent of which was in July 2021 outside Bloomington. Moneymaker’s quest to find the cryptid is documented on Finding Bigfoot.
Michigan’s Upper Peninsula
There have been hundreds of sightings of Bigfoot in the Upper Peninsula, and some witnesses claim to have seen entire packs of the ape-like creatures. The Upper Peninsula is heavily wooded and offers many remote areas for the monsters to hide. A July 2021 video from the Rocky Mountain Sasquatch Organization purports to show one of the cryptids crossing a river.
The small town in southwest Arkansas is known as the Bigfoot Capital of the midwestern state. A reported Bigfoot attack in Fouke even inspired a 1970s film called The Legend of Boggy Creek. When reports of the monster first made the rounds in the mid-1800s, residents assumed the creature was a survivor of the New Madrid earthquake who had lost his mind from the trauma.