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Park Seeking Information on Vandalism

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Date: June 12, 2019
Contact: Superintendent, 435-425-4100

Capitol Reef National Park staff are seeking information regarding vandalism that occurred on the Temple of the Moon monolith, in the North District (Cathedral Valley). The graffiti was first observed on June 6, 2019 and documented by park staff on June 8, 2019. The graffiti measures 27.5” x 17” and is deeply gouged into the rock. Park law enforcement officers are conducting a criminal investigation. Resource management staff will determine the extent of the damage and the cost to rehabilitate the damage.

National Parks are treasured lands and protect our national heritage. Graffiti is vandalism, and is extremely hard, and costly, to remove. It is also illegal. The park is asking the public to relay any information known about who may have committed the offense. Damaging park resources is a violation of 36 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations).

To aid an investigation or report something suspicious in any National Park Service site anonymously, visit and click “submit a tip” or call 888-653-0009. For more information about Capitol Reef National Park go to


Last updated: June 12, 2019

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