The Santa Lucias dark watchers are a group of black phantoms that have occasionally been seen in the mountainous hills of the Santa Lucias mountains in California.


The entities have been described as black humanoid figures that sometimes stand silhouetted against the sky on the mountain tops. They are often said to wear hats and long capes.

Possible Explanations

Hypotheses include:

  • A demonic presence
  • Ghosts
  • Misidentification of tourists


Evidence includes:

  • Eyewitness testimony


  • Two well-known Monterey County writers have made mentions of these figures in their writing:
    • Nobel prizewinning author John Steinbeck, in his short story "Flight", wrote of the main protagonist seeing "a dark form against the sky, a man standing on top of a rock" in the Santa Lucias mountains.
    • Poet Robinson Jeffers, in his poem "Such Counsels You Gave to Me", wrote of the mountains' "forms that look human...but certainly are not human".