November 5, 1975
Location: Sitgreave-Apache National Forest , Arizona, United
November 1975, a group of six tree-trimmers were driving
home from work. The driver stopped the truck when he noticed
that a flying saucer was hovering above some nearby trees.
Travis Walton approached the craft. He was then knocked
to the ground by a blue and white light.
Artistic depiction of the UFO.
Coral Lorenzen, APRO
November 5, 1975, six young woodcutters, along with their
employer, were working in the Apache-Sitgreaves National
Forest, engaged in a tree-thinning contract for the U.
S. Forest Service. The forest is located in east central
Arizona, and the work area is fifteen miles from Heber.
story begins at approximately 6:10 P.M., when the men
were heading home in a seven-man crew-cab truck. Traveling
along a bull-dozed trail, one of the men sighted a gold-colored
glow through the thickets. As they rounded a right-hand
turn, they saw the source of the glow - a structural object
hovering approximately fifteen feet above a clearing and
a scant ninety feet or so from the viewers.
Walton, twenty-two, was sitting on the right-hand passenger
side of the front seat. When he saw the object, he called
to Mike Rogers, the driver and boss of the crew, to stop.
Hardly waiting for the truck to come to a complete halt,
Walton jumped out and, at a fast walk, approached a woodpile
(stacked by the thinners) to get a closer look. As his
fellow employees called for him to be careful and come
back, he stood and looked at the object, which was at
a 60-degree elevation from his position. It had the shape
of two "pie pans" or shallow bowls placed
rim to rim. A "beeping" sound was heard
stepped back a couple of paces, intending to vacate the
vicinity of the craft when his friends were startled to
see a blue-green beam shoot out from the bottom of the
craft, striking Walton in the upper area of his body,
lifting him from the ground with his arms out stretched,
and flinging him back to the ground.
he and the others were in danger, Rogers restarted the
truck and left the area. A quarter of a mile away, he
stopped and the six men looked back. They saw a light
rise from the ground and streak into the north east, originating
in the area where they had left Travis. Thinking it was
the object, Rogers turned the truck around and drove back
to the clearing.
fifteen minutes, the men searched for Walton, covering
the near area and calling, but to no avail. Rogers then
decided to drive to Heber, the nearest town, and report
Walton's disappearance to the sheriff. On the way, they
debated what they should tell, doubting that the truth
would be believed, but, unable to come up with an acceptable
explanation, they told what they had experienced.
November 10, the six men were given polygraph tests which
established that they had not harmed Walton (it had been
implied that they had done away with Travis and hidden
his remains, despite the fact that Rogers was his best
friend of many years standing), and that they had actually
seen a UFO.
the night of November 10, at approximately midnight, a
call came in to the Grant Neff residence (Mrs. Neff was
Travis' sister and at the time, the only Walton in Snowflake,
Arizona, with a telephone). It was Travis, sounding confused
and disoriented, saying he was at a phone booth in Heber
and in terrible pain. Neff went to Mrs. Kellett's (Travis'
mother) home, picked up Travis' brother Duane, who had
come up from Phoenix when notified of his brother's disappearance,
and drove at breakneck speed to Heber, where they found
Travis slumped in a phone booth. He had a five-day growth
of beard and appeared thin but was otherwise apparently
hours, Duane drove Travis to his home in Phoenix, intent
on keeping him away from the horde of reporters, which
had plagued the Walton family during Travis' disappearance,
and to obtain medical treatment.
a short time, Duane Walton was frustrated by the representative
of a local UFO group, who sent him to a pseudomedical
hypnotist, but he was eventually contacted by the AERIAL
PHENOMENA RESEARCH ORGANI ZATION (APRO), which called
in a team of medical experts.
Walton was given the Minnesota Multi Phase Personality
Inventory (MMPI), Rorschach (commonly called Inkblot)
Polygraph and Psychological Stress Evaluator tests, all
of which established that he had told the truth as he
knew it. All of these tests were conducted and interpreted
Walton only recalls an hour or two of his five-day absence.
He claims to have awoke on a table in a room which he
first assumed was a hospital. The ceiling seemed low,
there was an oval-shaped metallic-colored apparatus on
his chest (his denim jacket and shirt were pulled up),
and he was in considerable pain. The "air"
in the room seemed oppressive, i.e., warm and damp. It
took a few minutes to get his wits about him, and when
he became fully aware of his surroundings, he realized
he was in no ordinary hospital. Around the "table"
on which he reclined were three strange creatures - strange,
because they were less than five feet tall, very pale,
with large, domed heads, large eyes, small nose, mouth,
and ears, and their bodies, encased in tannish orange,
seamless jumpsuits, and were very thin.
seeing them, Walton struggled to his feet, and when they
approached him with their fingernail-less hands outstretched,
he grabbed a rod-like object from an adjacent table and
prepared to defend himself. After flailing about with
the instrument for a moment or two, Walton was surprised
to see the trio file out of the door and turn to the right.
the creatures left, Walton also exited the room, turning
left. Following a curved corridor, looking for a way out,
he found a circular room with a chair (which was too small
for him but nevertheless, he sat in it) with a "screen"
on each arm. He touched a lever and the "stars"
on the "ceiling" above seemed to move,
so he moved the lever back to its original position and
decided against further experimentation.
a "man," approximately six feet tall,
with brown hair and strange golden-brown eyes, appeared
at the door which Travis had entered. He beckoned to Travis,
and Travis went to him, babbling question after question,
none of which were answered. The "man"
said nothing, took Travis by the arm, led him out into
the corridor or hall, to the right, then stopped, whereupon
a section of the wall opened. He had not touched anything.
They walked into a small room, the door behind them closed,
and seconds later, a door opened in front of them. They
then went down an incline (apparently out of the enclosure
Walton had been in) where Walton found him self in a large
enclosure resembling a quarter of a cylinder. There were
three or four oval-shaped metallic objects parked there
(the same apparent metallic substance as everything else
he had seen). He was led by the "man"
(who was clad in a blue "jumpsuit" with
a clear "helmet") through the enclosure,
to another door into a room where there were three other
human-appearing individuals - two men and a woman. They
resembled the first, except that, although they wore the
same clothing, they were without helmets.
gestured to him to get upon a table. He resisted, but
they eventually succeeded in their efforts and Travis
reclined; an apparatus resembling an oxygen mask with
a black ball attached was placed over his face and he
awoke about midnight about a quarter mile west of Heber,
Arizona. He was lying on his stomach and raised up to
watch the curved, metallic hull of an aircraft taking
off straight up, reflecting the yellow stripe of the dividing
line of the highway below.
did Travis Walton see? What did he experience? Tests indicate
that he has related his experience truthfully. His book
The Walton Experience (1978) will tend to illuminate the
reader and enable him to make his own judgment.