Actress Vanessa Hudgens reportedly investigated for vandalism in Coconino N.F.

Credit: @vanessahudgens Instagram

Credit: @vanessahudgens Instagram


Author: TrailMob
Date: 02.16.16

SEDONA, Ariz. -- Actress Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical, Spring Breakers, Grease Live) is allegedly being investigated for vandalism in the Coconino National Forest near Sedona, Arizona. The Disney alum reportedly shared a photo of a heart with her and actor boyfriend Austin Butler’s names that appears to be scratched into a rock. Celebrity gossip site TMZ reports that the Forest Service is investigating the alleged vandalism. From recent social media posts, it appears the two spent Valentine's Day (or close to it) in the Coconino National Forest.  The hashtag “#sedonadreams” appears on several posts.  

It is unclear if the images are scratched into the rock or drawn with chalk. According to The Department of Justice, vandalism in a National Park or other United States Government property carries a maximum punishment of a $5000 fine and/or up to six months in jail. The minimum punishment is a $100 fine and/or three months in jail.

Credit: @vanessahudgens Instagram

Credit: @vanessahudgens Instagram

Coconino National Forest spokesperson Brady Smith told an Arizona media outlet that the agency learned of the drawing Tuesday morning and is investigating.  Smith also released this statement to NBC 12:

"The issue of people carving their names and other things in rocks in the Sedona and surrounding area is always a challenge we face and we try to educate people about. We have found that when one person carves something, it encourages others to carve. Carving of any kind affects the natural beauty of the area and it is something that is prohibited under Title 36 of CFR 261.9(a) (Damaging any natural feature or other property of the United States.) The maximum fine is $5,000 and/or six months in jail."

TrailMob has calls, emails and tweets into the Coconino National Forest seeking comment and also to Vanessa Hudgens’ publicist. We will update this story as details become available. The story brings to mind the antics of Casey Nocket,  and likely won’t be the last time we hear of rock carvings in some of our country’s most treasured places:

Casey Nocket Alleged National Parks Vandalism Spree

Ohio State Geology Students Accused of Vandalism 

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