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Vandals target ancient petroglyph panel in Utah

Credit: NPS

Credit: NPS

Author: TrailMob
Date: 08.10.16

CAPITOL REEF NATIONAL PARK - The National Park Service is looking for whoever vandalized a petroglyph panel in Capitol Reef National Park.

Capitol Reef Rangers say the panel was significantly damaged after vandals carved “Ivan Dallas TX,” “Henn/Hena” and “DALLAS TX” into the rock. The culturally significant rock art depicts ancient art and stories of the Fremont and ancestral Puebloan people who lived in the area from approximately 600-1300.

“Restoring these archeological sites and geologic features after deliberate vandalism is a complex, difficult process and not always possible,” states park Superintendent Leah McGinnis. “Once damage occurs at these remarkable works of art they can never be fully repaired.”

The petroglyph panel is protected under the federal Archeological Resource Protection Act (ARPA).  Acts of vandalism are punishable by up to two years in prison and $20,000 in fines.

Sadly, this is not the first incident of vandalism recently reported in Capitol Reef.  Vandal have also targeted Capitol Gorge, Grand Wash, Hickman Bridge and Cassidy Arch Trail within Capitol Reef National Park.

Investigators are asking for the public's help in finding those responsible. If you know anything please call the park at 435-425-4135. You may also call the ARPA Hotline at 800-227-7286, or the ISB Tip Line at 888-653-0009.

Trails of interest:

  1. Hickman Bridge Trail

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