SkyfireOn Nov. 8, 2015, authors Noe Torres and Ruben Uriarte spoke at a special UFO conference that marked the 40th anniversary of the Travis Walton UFO incident of 1975 which took place near the rural town of Heber, Arizona. The event made international news after Travis’ six companions reported to law enforcement that they saw Travis get hit by a beam of light from a saucer-shaped object hovering in a nearby forest clearing. Travis’s encounter, as told in the 1979 book “Fire in the Sky,” later became a major motion picture from Paramount Pictures. Travis’ incredible experience is often referred to as the best-documented UFO abduction case in history. Noe and Ruben did a presentation on “The Real Cowboys & Aliens: UFOs of the 1800s.”

travis siteAlso as part of the conference, Noe and Ruben had the rare opportunity of visiting the actual site where Travis Walton had his amazing UFO experience on 5 November 1975, in the Apache-Sigreaves National Forest near Snowflake, Arizona. It was in a clearing among the pine trees that Travis and his six logging mates encountered a huge, brightly illuminated flying saucer hovering in the sky above them. The coordinates for the approximate location of the sighting are: 34.280325,-110.59845.


Area 51

L-R: Ruben Uriarte & Noe Torres at Area 51

On Friday, July 17, 2015, UFO researchers Noe Torres and Ruben Uriarte participated in a special 60th anniversary tour of Area 51 by Adventure Photo Tours of Las Vegas, Nevada. Area 51 opened in July 1955 and is one of the world’s most secure and mysterious military bases. Torres and Uriarte, also spoke about Area 51 at the National Atomic Testing Museum on July 18. The authors went with other interested folks on a day-long excursion to all the famous / infamous UFO-related locations in the vicinity of Area 51, including the Extraterrestrial Highway, Rachel, the Little A’le’ Inn, the mutated Joshua Trees, the Area 51 front entrance, the Cammo Dudes, the high-tech electronic surveillance devices, the “JANET” airliners, and more Anyone interested in taking this same tour, click on the banner below or visit

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Noe Torres & Ruben Uriarte Speaking at National Atomic Testing Museum on 18 July 2015

LAS VEGAS — Shortly before Area 51, the world’s most secure military base, was built in 1955, Lockheed Skunk Works aircraft designer Clarence “Kelly” Johnson filed a report with the U.S. Air Force about two UFO sightings he personally had. “For at least five years, I have definitely believed in the possibility that flying saucers exist. Having seen this particular object on December 16, I am now more firmly convinced than ever.” The strange relationship between Area 51 and UFOs was explored in a special lecture by researchers Noe Torres and Ruben Uriarte on Saturday, July 18, at the National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Noe and RubenThe presentation, titled “Exploring Dreamland: A History of Area 51,” was part of the museum’s “Area 51 Special Lecture Series.” For more information about the museum and the lecture series, visit the museum’s web site.

Torres and Uriarte, are authors of Aliens in the Forest, The Coyame Incident, Fallen Angel, UFOs Over Mexico, and other books about famous UFO cases.They have appeared separately and together on a number of television shows, including UFO Hunters, UFO Files, Monster Hunters, Ancient Aliens, and UFOs Over Earth. Their research is featured in an upcoming film by Patrick Connelly titled They Rode the Flying Saucers. They also appear frequently on Coast to Coast AM and speak at numerous UFO conferences each year. Uriarte is director of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) in Northern California, and Torres is a former MUFON state section director from Texas.

In discussing the history of Area 51 based on declassified documents, newspaper accounts, and eyewitness testimony, the authors explored how the mysterious base first became associated with UFOs. Accompanying their talk, a multimedia presentation will feature video clips and still photographs of the base throughout its history, as well as recent developments at the base and including all the known “black projects” that have been tested there.


Costa Mesa, CA — Imagine John Wayne riding his trusty steed over a rocky ridge and finding, littered across the desert in front of him, a crashed extraterrestrial spacecraft and the bodies of its non-human occupants. This scenario of the Wild West hosting visitors from outer space may not be as far-fetched as some people think, according to Noe Torres and Ruben Uriarte, who spoke on the topic in Costa Mesa, California, on Wednesday, July 15. Torres was the author and Uriarte a researcher for the book The Real Cowboys & Aliens: UFO Encounters of the Old West, published in 2011 by

Ruben and NoeSponsored by the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) of Orange County, this special presentation was held at the Costa Mesa Neighborhood Center.

“After the Steven Spielberg movie Cowboys & Aliens was announced in 2010, we thought it would be interesting to look at actual UFO cases from the 1800s,” Torres said. “While the movie is an enjoyable work of fiction, clearly it has little or no basis in reality, and we wanted our book to present actual, documented cases of UFOs in the Old West.”

Torres and Uriarte emphasized that people in the Old West really did see strange flying ships streaking across the sky. Hundreds of UFO sightings were reported throughout North America in the 19th century, as documented in numerous newspaper articles and books of that time period. Farmers, cowboys, ranchers, and others reported seeing strange signs and wonders in the sky, and occasionally, they also claimed to meet beings that were clearly not human.

The book was praised by critics and a review in the Albuquerque Journal proclaimed, “Hey, Hollywood. If you’re going to make a big-budget movie about extraterrestrial contact with Wild West cowpunchers, can’t you at least try to get it right? … Of course spacemen explored our planet in the days of saddle-sore lawmen and swinging saloon doors. But it wasn’t the cartoonish picture of evil planetary invaders, complete with hideous teeth and slimy hands emanating from their reptilian bellies that is portrayed in this Hollywood blockbuster…. The Real Cowboys & Aliens: UFO Encounters of the Old West, sets the record straight, using information gathered from yellowed newspaper clippings from the 1800s to tell of numerous close encounters between farmers and cowboys on the range and mysterious visitors in flight.” (Albuquerque Journal, Aug. 18, 2011, Page A1).

Uriarte, who is the MUFON state director for Northern California, said, “It seems likely that UFOs were quite common in the 1800s, We have found hundreds of newspaper and magazine accounts about people seeing strange objects and lights in the sky. We have also found articles that mention face-to-face encounters with creatures that seemed human but were clearly not.”

Uriarte added, “What is especially interesting about these historic UFO sightings is that they took place before airplanes were invented and before flight of any kind was common. Although hot air balloons had been around since the 1700s, it was closer to 1900 before balloon airships became widely known.”

Our UFO Festivals Featured in Prominent Texas Magazine

Texas Observer
Our UFO conferences were featured in the June 2014 edition of the prestigious Texas Observer magazine, in an article by Patrick Michels titled “Aliens Without Borders.” The article refers to author Noe Torres, the conference planner and organizer, as the “godfather” of Texas UFO festivals. To read the entire article online, visit