The Grand Canyon is one of the coolest and most captivating natural landscapes on the planet. People come from all over the globe to take in Grand Canyon National Park’s awe-inspiring vistas, with many of them staying at Yavapai Lodge. From historic sites like Desert View to strenuous hikes down to the Canyon floor, the Grand Canyon is a one-of-a-kind experience.
Similarly unique are the reports of a mythical creature said to dwell near these parts: the Mogollon Monster.
Now, the Mogollon – pronounced mug-ee-yun – Monster is not a household name. It’s not up there with A-listers like Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster. It may not even be on the second tier with curiosities like the Mothman, Chupacabra and Ogopogo. Yet the Mogollon Monster has been a part of local folklore for generations. In fact, the first documented newspaper account of the monster took place in 1903.
The creature gets its name from the Mogollon Rim, which is about a three-hour drive from the Grand Canyon. That’s where the initial sightings took place. From the description of eyewitnesses, the Mogollon Monster sounds like Sasquatch’s southern cousin. More than seven feet tall and bipedal, with wild, unkempt hair.
In its spare time, it builds nests out of pine needles and twigs. The Mogollon Monster is thought to be omnivorous (which means it would love the Yavapai Tavern’s delicious Patio Street Tacos). An eerie stillness is said to foreshadow its appearance, though the Mogollon Monster is also known for its blood-curdling scream.
Yavapai Lodge is known for being one of the most pet-friendly resorts in America. If you’d like to bring your best friend along, you’re more than welcome to. That usually means dogs and cats, and sometimes rabbits or snakes. It does not, however, include cougars.
Which may be a good thing, seeing as how a man named I.W. Stevens reported observing the Mogollon Monster drinking the blood of a pair of cougars. So if you don’t bring a cougar along with you to Yavapai, you’ll stay off the Mogollon Monster’s radar.
The scientific community isn’t sold on the Mogollon Monster. Local anthropologists tend to think the first reports of the creature could have been grizzly bears, which called the Grand Canyon home through the 1930s.
And yet, reports persist. A Whitewater, Arizona, resident has claimed to have seen the creature a number of times, as recently as 2004.
The rumors around the Mogollon Monster’s existence are far from rock solid at this point. Though the creature is a fixture in campfire stories and has a 100-mile endurance race named after it.
What is certain? That Yavapai Lodge offers an unparalleled Grand Canyon experience for visitors to the South Rim, complete with newly-renovated rooms.
You were already planning on taking countless photos of your trip to Yavapai. Now that you’re up to speed on the legend of the Mogollon Monster, keep your camera at the ready.