Vandalism hurts

Vandalism damages a rock art panel in Mesa Verde National Park.
Defacing any part of the national park or other public land you visit hurts, and it degrades the experience of other visitors. Disturbing wildlife or damaging their habitats can directly lead to their demise. These acts are also illegal.

NPS photo of a defaced rock art panel in Mesa Verde National Park.

The more than 400 sites across the National Park System preserve and protect our nation's unique natural and cultural heritage. When you visit, enjoy them and do no harm.

Grafitti is vandalism, and is extremely difficult to remove. Repair of vandalized sites, if possible, is costly and time consuming, and often cannot restore the site to its former condition.

Defacing any part of the national park or other public land you visit hurts, and it degrades the experience of other visitors. It is described as an act of cultural violence when perpetrated against such sites as pictograph panels, historic structures, and other places that existed before their designation as park sites. Disturbing wildlife or damaging their habitats can directly lead to their demise. These acts are also illegal.

You can help protect our treasured public lands. If you see something suspicious in any NPS location, stay safe and tell us about it. Talk to any NPS employee for help in reporting suspicious activity, or give the Special Agents of the
NPS Investigative Services Branch a call. We understand that it may take time to reach park personnel and/or areas with cell or internet service.

You don't have to tell us who you are, but please tell us what you know:

  • CALL or TEXT the ISB Tip Line 888-653-0009

  • ONLINE www.nps.gov/ISB and click "Submit a Tip"

  • EMAIL nps_isb@nps.gov

  • MESSAGE via Facebook @InvestigativeServicesNPS or Twitter @SpecialAgentNPS

Remember - if you need to report an emergency, dial 9-1-1

Damage to a prehistoric rock art panel in Capitol Reef National Park. NPS photo.
Damage to a prehistoric rock art panel in Capitol Reef National Park.

NPS photo.

Graffiti painted on natural rock structures in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. NPS photo.
Graffiti painted on natural rock structures in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.

NPS photo.

A saguaro cactus in Saguaro National Park that was destroyed by unknown vandals. NPS photo.
A saguaro cactus in Saguaro National Park that was destroyed by unknown vandals.

NPS photo.

One of several rock walls in Colorado National Monument defaced by vandalism. NPS photo.
One of several rock walls in Colorado National Monument defaced by vandalism.

NPS photo.

Last updated: June 12, 2018