To skeptics, Bigfoot sightings in North American forests are evidence of a collective delusion.
To cryptozoologists—people who search for mythical creatures, including Scotland’s Loch Ness Monster and Latin America’s chupacabra—they represent a nearly universal desire to understand the unknown. Whether people believe in the beasts or not, trying to track them down (“going bigfooting,” as enthusiasts say) offers an excellent opportunity to explore America’s off-the-beaten path places.
“I’ve looked for Sasquatches in 46 states and five continents,” says Cliff Barackman, a Bigfoot investigator and the owner of the North American Bigfoot Center. “The Sierra Nevada, the tundra of Alaska, the craggy river bottoms of South Dakota—[Sasquatches] live in wonderful, wild areas.”