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Utah's Paranormal Conference

SEPTEMBER 9-11, 2021

Vernal, Utah

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The Speakers


James Keenan

James Keenan is an author and field investigator. He has authored seven fictional books with science fiction or paranormal components. James began his writing career after twenty-four years in law enforcement and civil investigations. His most recent book, "Bigfoot at Skinwalker Ranch," is the conclusion to his, "UFO and an Alien" series. 

James has a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of California Santa Barbara. His main curriculum was anthropology and archaeology. He did the majority of his field work in Mexico. His most recent research has taken place in Northeastern Utah. 

James continues to explore the topics of paranormal and Ufology. He has come to believe that the paranormal, Ufology, and ancient human history may be intertwined. He has been a guest on numerous television, podcast, and radio shows, the History Channel series, "The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch."

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Erik Bard

As the Principal Investigator and Chief Scientist on Skinwalker Ranch, Erik Bard has not only installed a cutting-edge surveillance system that constantly monitors the entire property, but also heads all investigations. Having worked alongside Brandon on various scientific endeavors for the last decade, Bard brings a vast wealth of knowledge and his intense curiosity to the study of the strange phenomena reported on at Skinwalker Ranch. 



George Knapp 

George Knapp is a Nevada journalist who has been honored with the highest awards in broadcast journalism -- the Peabody Award (twice), the Dupont Award from Columbia University, the Edward R. Murrow Award and 25 regional Emmy Awards for investigative reporting, environmental reporting and news writing.

He is the longtime chief investigative reporter for KLAS-TV Las Vegas, where he previously worked as news anchor. He co-authored with Colm Kelleher the best-selling book Hunt for the Skinwalker Science Confronts the Unexplained at a Remote Ranch in Utah (2005). In 1989, Knapp's reports about Nevada's Area 51 military base were selected by UPI as Best Individual Achievement by a Reporter. Since 2007, he has been a weekend host of radio show "Coast to Coast AM."  

Travis Walton 

Travis Walton is the subject of the Paramount Studios movie, Fire in the Sky, based on his book of the same name. On November 5, 1975 a group of loggers in the mountains of northeastern Arizona observed a strange, unusally bright light in the sky. One of the men, Travis Walton, recklessly left the safety of their truck to take a closer look. Suddenly as he walked toward the light, Walton was blasted back by a bolt of mysterious energy. His companions fled in fear. When they reported an encounter with a UFO -- something they would have considered impossible if they had not witnessed it themselves -- the men were suspected of murder. For five days authorities mounted a massive manhunt in search of Walton -- or his body. Then Walton reappeared, disoriented and initially unable to tell the whole story of his terrifying encounter. In Fire in the Sky, Walton relates in his own words the best documented account of alien abduction yet recorded, the story of his own harrowing ordeal at the hands of silent captors, his return to a disbelieving world of hostile interrogators, exploitive press, and self-styled debunkers. Travis recounts the struggle to get a fair hearing and confronts his detractors with a stinging rebuttal. 

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Dr. Travis Taylor 

Dr. Travis Taylor is an engineer and best-selling author who holds PhDs in Optical Science and Engineering, Aerospace Systems Engineering, and Master's Degrees in Physics and Astronomy. For the past twenty-five years, Taylor has worked on various hi-tech programs for the Department of Defense and NASA. He brings a vast wealth of knowledge that helps the team at Skinwalker Ranch to apply hard science in an effort to solve the incredible mystery at Skinwalker Ranch. 

Thomas Winterton

Thomas is the Manager of the famous Skinwalker Ranch where he currently oversees every responsibility of maintaining the property, its facilities and equipment, as well as providing logistical support to its ranching and science activities. 

A native of the Uintah Basin in Utah and a successful entrepreneur and business leader in the area.  His unique background and experience give him an in-depth insight into the UFO phenomena at Skinwalker Ranch and the surrounding area -- especially his own incredible experiences that have taken place there. 

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Tom Dongo

Tom Dongo is widely recognized as one of the world's leading experts on the paranormal, UFOs, and Extraterrestrials. He has authored eight books that focus on the paranormal, including his best seller the revised edition of Merging Dimensions. Merging Dimensions examines the incredibly strange paranormal activity which took place on the Bradshaw Ranch near Sedona Arizona. 

Mr. Dongo has appeared on over two dozen national and international television shows. 

He has now been heard on fifty-three world wide broadcast radio shows including Coast to Coast to Coast Live Radio and the Keven Smith show with a combined total of nearly twenty two million listeners. 

Mr. Dongo speaks widely and was a featured speaker at the International UFO Congress. 

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Sep 9 -11


September 9th,

2:00 PM               Welcome to PhenomeCon

2:15 PM               Tom Dongo 

4:00 PM               Skinwalker Ranch Panel

                                              (with cast from the History Channel's Secrets of Skinwalker Ranch)

8PM - 11PM        PhenomeCon Opening Reception 


September 10th 

10:00 AM           Welcome to Phenomecon

10:15 AM           Duane Ollinger - Discovery Channel's Mystery at Blind Frog Ranch

11:45 AM           Lunch Break 

1:00   PM            Dr. Jeff Meldrum 

2:30   PM            April Slaughter

2:30   PM            Denny Pearson (Lost Rhodes Gold Mine)

2:30   PM            Daryl Wilson (Bigfoot)

2:30   PM            Christopher O'Brien 

3:15   PM            Dr. Jeff Meldrum 

3:15   PM            Terry Carter 

4:15   PM            Travis Taylor - History Channel's Secrets of Skinwalker Ranch 


September 11th

10:00   AM            Welcome to PhenomeCon 

10:15   AM            James Keenan 

11:45   AM             Lunch Break 

12:00   PM             Ribbon Cutting of Blind Frog

                               Outpost & Merchandise (528 West Main St, Vernal, UT) 

1:00     PM             Travis Walton

2:30     PM             Erik Bard 

2:30     PM             Larry Cesspooch 

4:30     PM             George Knapp 

6:30     PM             Closing Reception Costumes encouraged




Bryant "Dragon" Arnold

As Head of Security for the infamous Skinwalker Ranch, Bryant aka "Dragon" brings a wealth of experience and diversity of skills to his position. 

Mr. Arnold is a licensed armed private security officer in the state of Utah, and is recognized as an expert marksman and private security specialist. A native of Utah, Mr. Arnold has spent much of his life in the outdoors exploring, camping, hunting, and fishing in the remote corners of the state's vast wilderness areas. "Dragon" is an Eagle Scout and is highly skilled in outdoor survival methods. 

As a trusted friend and advisor for nearly 30 years to the current owner of Skinwalker Ranch, Brandon Fugal, "Dragon" has been heading up the security and safety efforts at Skinwalker Ranch since current ownership acquired the property in 2016. Along with his work as head security and safety, Bryant is a vital part of the overall operations at the ranch, as well as assisting in the scientific efforts taking place. 

"Dragon" is known for his, "tell it like it is," and no-nonsense mentality when it comes to executing on Mr. Fugal's instructions and initiatives and looking out for the security and well-being of Skinwalker Ranch, the team, and invited guests. 

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Christopher O'Brien

From 1992 to 2002 investigative journalist Christopher O'Brien covered hundreds of unexplained events reported in the San Luis Valley, CO/NM. Working with law enforcement, ex-military members, ranchers, and an extensive network of skywatchers, he documented some of the most intense waves of unexplained activity seen in a single region of North America. His 10+ year investigation of UFOs, mutilations, Indian legends, cryptocreatures, religious miracles, secret military activity and the folklore are found in the three books of this "mysterious valley" trilogy and he has produced one of the largest databases of unusual occurrences gathered from a single geographic region. 

His latest book, Stalking the Herd (2015) is the most comprehensive book ever written on the subject of "cattle mutilations." It is being called the "bible" examining this complicated mystery. 

O'Brien has appeared on over 70 TV show segments and documentaries and hundreds radio programs around the world including: Ancient Aliens, Coast to Coast, Expedition X, Strange Evidence, Conspiracy Theory (SW Ranch Show), Inside Edition, Extra, Sightings, Unsolved Mysteries, Unexplained Files, etc. and his investigations have been featured by History, Learning, Travel and Discovery Channels, the BBC, Nippon TV, the AP, UPI and many others. His research was funded for two years by Laurance Rockefeller. 

He has worked with dozens of production companies and directed two segments for the TV show Strange Universe. His co-produced film "It Could Happen Tomorrow" won two 2012 EBEs for Best Feature and the Peoples Choice Award. 


Duane Ollinger 

Duane Ollinger is an oil field / refinery contractor, entrepreneur, and adventurer. Duane is also 66% owner of Blind Frog Ranch. You may recognize him from the new hit TV show "Mystery at Blind Frog Ranch." Blind Frog is located just 20 miles north of Skinwalker Ranch. Both properties share a long history of high strangeness activities; which are ongoing to this day. Blind Frog also has a long history of hidden gold. Whether it be Aztec, American Indian, or even Mormon gold; it all has connections to Blind Frog. We are looking for the gold. True. But, this is hardly the important story. There is much more than gold hidden at Blind Frog Ranch.  

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Dr. Jeff Meldrum 

Dr. Jeff Meldrum is a Full Professor of Anatomy & Anthropology at Idaho University (since 1993). His research centers on the evolution of hominin bipedalism. His professional interest in the footprints attributed to sasquatch began when he personally examined a line of 15-inch tracks in the Blue Mountains of southeastern Washington, in 1996. Over 25 years later, his lab houses well over 300 footprints casts attributed to relict hominoids around the world. he conducts collaboratve laboratory and field research throughout the world and has shared his findings in numerous popular and professional publications and presentations, interviews, television appearances. he is author of Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science (Tom Doherty Publishers, 2006), which explores the contemporary scientific evidence for the reality of this legendary species, and also affords deference to tribal people's tradiional knowledge of this subject. In addition, he has published two field guides, one focusing on sasquatch, the second casting the net more broadly to consider the potential of relict hominoid species around the world (Paradise Cay Publishing, 2013, 2016). He is editor-in-chief of the scholarly refereed journal, The Relict Hominoid Inquiry (www.isu.edu/rhi), now in its tenth year. 

April Slaughter

April Slaughter is the author of three books and numerous articles on ghosts, hauntings, physical research, and death and funeral customs. As an active paranormal researcher for nearly twenty-five years, she has delved into almost every facet of the unknown from spirits and psychic phenomena to UFOs, Cryptozoology, and more. She is one of America's leading researchers into the study of Electronic Voice Phenomenon (EVP), Instrumental Transcommunication (ITC), and is the first to introduce her personal experiences with Induced After Death Communication (IADC) to the paranormal field. April is also the founder of Slaughter House Collective, LLC and is an accomplished artist. 

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Kaleb Bench

A highly trained private contractor who has conducted and led security operations on Skinwalker Ranch. Kaleb has had many diverse experiences on and off the Ranch while assisting in experiments and providing other critical services. Kaleb served 6 years and received an Honorable Discharge from the United States Marine Corps, has provided armed security on Skinwalker Ranch since 2017, and serves in the local community as Peacekeeper for multiple agencies. Highly trained in the use of firearms, multiple studies of martial arts, self defense techniques. Kaleb studied language, mythology, and history at Utah State University where he played football and rugby.  

Denny Perhson 

The story of the Lost Rhoades Mine is one that is well versed with treasure hunters. Somewhere in the Uinta Mountains are seven mines lined with rich, unbelievably pure gold that supplied the Aztecs with their treasures and spawned rumors about the seven golden cities of Cibola sought by early Spanish explorers.

Legend says that early Utah Ute Indian Chief who converted to Mormonism allowed Brigham Young to appoint one messenger -- Thomas Rhoades- to be shown the mines and take gold only for church purposes. The whereabouts of the mines has been kept secret for over 100 years. Many have lost a fortune looking and others have lost their lives in the pursuit of the Lost Rhoades Mine. 

Denny Pehrson is a direct descendant of Thomas Foster Rhoades (Great Great Grandson). Over the past 40 years, he has gathered stories and histories about his famous Grandfather and Father from multiple sources. He will bring the history of the Lost Rhoades Mine to life with his insightful presentation. 

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Daryl Wilson 

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Daryl Wilson's life will never be the same after he personally encountered a Bigfoot creature on the banks of the Andreafski River in Alaska. Daryl watched the Bigfoot for nearly 25 minutes that day eating blueberries and salmon berries and laying down on the tundra to hide. Daryl sang to the creature to encourage it to get up. When the creature stood up, Daryl knew he had to share his experience with others.  

For the past seven years, Daryl has interviewed and recorded 600 -700 Bigfoot stores from different people he has met. People have also shared their UFO, adduction, lost time, skinwalker, little people, crypted, and many very spiritual stories with him. Daryl continues to be inspired by the stories.

Daryl has written two books and has enough material for several more books to be completed. Daryl finds it a privilege to share these strange truths and the majesty of these creatures with others. 


Larry Cesspooch (Whitebelly) 

Larry is a Ute filmmaker, storyteller, and spiritual leader. Larry grew up on the Uintah & Ouray Ute Reservation in Fort Duchesne, Utah. Larry was a Navy Radioman in Vietnam. The ex-sailor used the GI Bill to go to the Institute of American Indian Arts and onto the Anthropology Film Center both in Santa Fe, NM. 

The Ute tribal member returned home to create the Ute Tribe Audio-Visual Department. It was one of the first Native production groups in the US. During his 23 year tenure with the Ute Tribe Audio Visual producing over 600 videos in their tribal archive on Utetube.org 

After coordinating the 2002 Winter Olympics for the Ute Tribes, Larry left the Ute Tribe to create his own production company, Through Native Eyes Productions (throughnativeeyes@net) 

Today Larry enjoys making short documentaries with his own copyright. "Ueh Dtueh Pooch," the Ute name for "The Supernatural" is a five part series on the supernatural occurrences on the Uintah & Ouray Ute Reservation. 

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Terry Carter

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The explorer, researcher, and up-and-coming YouTuber, Terry Carter has been treasure hunting since 1981. On his YouTube Channel, Terry Carter Treasure Hunter, he acts as a medium for others to share their never before heard tales of excitement and mystery, as well as his own. He recently finished shooting an episode for the show "Beyond Oak Island" on the History Channel. He has traveled across the western United States in search of out of place artifacts, ancient treasures, mysterious giants, and the unspoken history of the United States. He was one of the original founders of the Ancient Historical Research Foundation, which at first consisted of a handful of scientists, archaeologists, researchers, and explorers searching for truth through science and technology. Through all of his years of treasure hunting, he has heard first hand accounts of stories that most people will never get to hear; he has been to places that most people will never know about; and he has seen things that most people will never get to see, and to him, that is his treasure. Anything else is just icing on the cake. 

Dinner at LaCabana with Paranormal Hotspot

Join us for an fun night of dinner at a local Mexican restaurant, LaCabana followed by a paranormal experience at one of Vernal's hotspots. 

Limit Tickets Available 

Thursday 6pm    Sold Out 

Escorted Trip to/from Skinwalker Ranch

Exclusive trip to/from Skinwalker Ranch with Ranch Manager, Thomas Winterton to the infamous and paranormal hot spot Skinwalker Ranch featured on the History Channel. This will be a fascinating opportunity for questions and conversation with Thomas as you travel to/from the site. You will have a unique opportunity to pass through the public security barrier and take your photo at the Ranch's entrance gate. (Due to safety, unknown paranormal risks, and ranches policies no visitors are allowed beyond the entrance gate.) The tour's last stop is the panoramic overlook of the property where Thomas will be able to point out The Ranch's layout and some of the phenomenal hotspots. Will you experience the paranormal?

Limited Tickets Available 

Friday 6pm Sold Out  

Saturday 2pm  Sold Out

Voices of Believers -- Open Mic & Dinner 

Join us for dinner at one of the Basin's unexplainable hot spots, Remember the Maine Park. A fascinating night filled with listening to and sharing personal paranormal and mysterious experiences from around the world. Select the event on the registration page. Shuttle busses available from the Conference Center. Parking stalls limited within the Park.

Unforgettable Night  

Friday 6 pm

Dark Sky Viewing at Steinaker State Park

Dark skies surround Vernal for some of the best night sky viewing at a beautiful State Park. Join other PhenomeCon believers and park rangers to study the natural features of the night sky. Shuttle bus available from the Conference Center. Select option during registration.

Great Night Sky

Friday 7pm

Blind Frog Ranch Tour

Exclusive tour onto Blind Frog Ranch with Ranch. The Mystery of Blind Frog Ranch is featured on the Discovery Channel. This in an interactive tour that includes many of the sites on the ranch included in the paranormal and treasure hunting show.

Limited Tickets Available

Thursday 9AM    2 Spots Left

Friday      9AM    2 Spots Left 

Friday      1PM     NEW TIME ADDED 

Friday      5PM     NEW TIME ADDED

Saturday  9AM    Only 1 Spots Left

Saturday 1PM      2 Spots Left

Saturday  5PM     Only 1 Spot Left  

Dark Sky Viewing at Dinosaur National Monument

Vernal is surrounded by excellent dark sky night viewing at Dinosaur National Monument - home of the dinosaur quarry's Wall of Bones. Join other Phenomecon believers and park rangers to study the natural features of the night sky. Shuttle bus service available from the Conference Center. Select option during registration.

Dark Sky Watchers 

Saturday 7:30 PM

Behind the Scenes of Skinwalker Ranch Dinner  

Join the cast from the History Channel's Secret of Skinwalker Ranch for dinner. Watch an episode of Skinwalker Ranch and learn what was happening behind the scenes and ask questions while you eat. 

Dinner with the Cast

Thursday  6PM

VIP Autograph &
Photo Session 

Here is your chance to get an autograph and photo with some of the cast from the History Channel's Secret of Skinwalker Ranch.

                Travis Taylor

                Thomas Winterton 

                Bryant "Dragon" Arnold

Tickets are sold individually.  

Get an Autograph & Photo

 Friday      3 PM 

Closing Reception

Finish the conference by connecting, visiting and dancing the night away with us at the Conference Center. Costumes encouraged with costume contest and prizes. It will be out of this world fun! 

Closing Reception

Saturday 6:30 PM

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Uintah Conference Center

313 East 200 South

Vernal, UT 84078

Vernal will surprise you! Eastern Utah may seem remote and rugged but nestled in downtown Vernal is a stunning 66,000 square foot convention center.

Vendor Spaces

Vendor space will be available for merchandise and sales in the conference center lobbies. Information will be available in late July.


Area info

Vernal and the rest of Uintah County, Utah have always been a land of adventure, for millions of years! We invite you to come experience your own paranormal adventure in Dinosaurland.


Vernal Regional Airport provides daily air service between Denver, CO and Vernal, UT operated by United Airlines. 

Other options to consider would be the Salt Lake International Airport or the Walker Field Airport in Grand Junction, CO

Ground Transportation is also available.


Vernal, Utah offers everything from camping, bed and breakfasts to hotels. You're sure to find the perfect fit for your stay.

Are you brave enough to spend the night 1500 yards from the Skinwalker Ranch?


Vernal is home to several locally owned restaurants. Find them along our quaint Main Street or dispersed throughout town. Discover the uniqueness of their history as your enjoy your meal.