Dates: August 1
(Thurs) - August 4 (Sunday)
The first BFRO expedition
in Arizona led to the discovery of a very
interesting cave in a remote part of the Fort Apache Indian Reservation
that appeared to have been used by sasquatches.
Subsequent Arizona expeditions focused on different parts of the Mogollon
Rim zone and all resulted some compelling
incidents at night. The most recent one (2023) yielded a great
Most people who are unfamiliar with Arizona have a particular perception
of the state consistent with the name Arizona, derived from "arid zone".
That perception usually does not include the "sky islands". Sky
islands are the high elevation areas among the Inter-mountain West (i.e.
area between California and Rockies) that protrude up from surrounding
desert landscapes. They are high enough to catch snow in Winter and catch
rain in Summer.
Most of the sky islands have an abundance of elk, deer
and antelope. The bigfoot area selected for 2024 has all those plus
wild bison. The vegetation in this high altitude area is surprisingly
lush in the summer. Thus this zone has the more of the
plant and protein staples for bigfoots than most parts of Arizona.
The lead organizer, Jeff Johnson, is a law enforcement officer
(detective) who has attended BFRO expeditions for more than 10 years. He
and co-organizer Steve Vallie are very experienced and marvelously well
equipped backwoods 4x4 explorers with tricked out 4-Runners. Jeff and
Steve have had some intense, sustained
Class B encounters with bigfoots right outside their camping trailer in the area where this expedition
will focus. The squatches apparently like to shake trailers late at night,
This area is accessible to small
trailers but it is also very far from services and civilization. It is
also high elevation so it might get cold at night even in July.
BFRO now encourages all attendees to have three types of optical devices
that are very helpful on trips like these:
1) Small daylight
video camera with 50x *optical* zoom -- basically a small telescope
that records video. ($400)
with 4x zoom for use at night. (BFRO brand = $1000)
drone with excellent zoom camera. (DJI Air 3 = $1,550).
Among these three items, the one you will find most helpful in a bigfoot
area is a thermal camera. Without this type of device it is unlikely that
you will spot and record any animals in the dark.
The BFRO sells
high-resolution (384 lines)
thermal cameras for much lower than retail price, because we want as many
people as possible to afford them. See BFRO homepage for more info about
those cameras. Click on thermal image of the guy with a dog. You will not
regret owning one of those devices. A good thermal video camera is MUCH
more useful for squatching than the best nightvision video camera.