Desert Outside Anthem

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The desert area outside Anthem, AZ is a hotbed of paranormal activity. Many claim to have seen the spirits of Indians, still fighting some forgotten war. A ghostly hitchhiker carrying an old-time lantern is often seen by the side of many roads.

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Anthem, AZ
United States

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33.856544209800155, -112.15577875578612
Maricopa County, Arizona
Nearest Towns:
Anthem, AZ (0.9 mi.)
New River, AZ (4.3 mi.)
Cave Creek, AZ (11.9 mi.)
Cave Creek, AZ (11.9 mi.)
Carefree, AZ (13.8 mi.)
Black Canyon City, AZ (14.8 mi.)
Sun City West, AZ (17.2 mi.)
Surprise, AZ (18.6 mi.)
Sun City, AZ (19.1 mi.)
El Mirage, AZ (19.4 mi.)


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  1. We found, what seemed to be, two Native American apparitions. They were different from each other; one was less translucent than the other.

  2. Nothing…out there for two hours between 2300-0100 hrs. Lots of noise from the highway, and some from Desert critters. A nice man in a red jeep stopped to ask if we needed help, that was the only other soul we saw. Stopped around the location given then walked out about a half mile and completed the circumference using the vehicle as the center. Tons of empty shotgun shells, nice area though…

  3. My family and I had a bonfire out by new river .. not sure if it’s Anthem since they’re so close .. we were the only ones out there , we took a picture by the fire and we all saw something strange on the fire .. it looks like a face .. maybe I’m imagining things .. maybe it is a ghost ?

  4. Back in 2014, my son and I heard a young child crying for help inside the riverbed right after a major rain storm near Anthem Elementary School while riding our bikes before school. Asked the crossing guard to investigate, another mother heard the same cry. We called the Sheriff’s department and no child found. Has this happened to anyone else?

  5. My husband had something with a human outline and solid black jump infront of his car. He swerved but it was gone. This was on carefree hwy going west past the entrance to the dump. Anyone else ever have an experience around that area?

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