Arches National Park officials investigating large graffiti carved into Utah’s famous red rock

Officials at Utah's Arches National Park are investigating large graffiti deeply carved into the park's famous Frame Rock arch, Moab, Utah, April 2016 | Photo courtesy of Arches National Park, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Officials at Utah’s Arches National Park are asking for the public’s help Thursday after the recent discovery of new graffiti deeply carved into a famous red rock arch in the Moab park.

Frame Arch, also known as Twisted Doughnut, at Utah's Arches National Park where large graffiti was discovered deeply carved into the park's famous arch, Moab, Utah, April 2016 | Photo courtesy of Arches National Park, St. George News
Frame Arch, also known as Twisted Doughnut, at Utah’s Arches National Park where large graffiti was discovered deeply carved into the park’s famous arch, Moab, Utah, April 2016 | Photo courtesy of Arches National Park, St. George News

The graffiti carvings were discovered by park staff members earlier this month on Frame Arch rock formation, just off the park’s popular hiking trail to Delicate Arch, according to a media statement issued by Arches National Park Thursday.

Park officials are asking for witnesses who may have seen anyone on the Delicate Arch trail carving or writing on the rock to come forward.

The graffiti carvings, measuring approximately 4 feet across and 3 feet high, were etched so deeply that it might have taken at least an hour for someone to carve, park Superintendent Kate Cannon told the Associated Press.

“Graffiti — marking, scratching, chalking, and carving on rocks — is unsightly and illegal,” Arches park officials said. “It damages the rocks and ruins other people’s experience in this natural place. Rangers and volunteer groups spend hundreds of hours every year removing graffiti from the park.”

Anyone caught defacing surfaces in a national park can face up to six months in jail and a $5,000 fine.

Officials are asking the public to help protect the national park by reporting any discovery of graffiti in the park via email or by phone at 435-719-2100.

Email: kscott@stgnews.com

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2 Comments

  • Common Sense April 30, 2016 at 9:18 am

    what a jerk!

  • .... April 30, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    I bet it was some jerk from Arizona

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