CAPITOL REEF, Utah, June 12, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — Capitol Reef National Park staff are seeking information regarding vandalism that occurred on the Temple of the Moon monolith this month.
A news release from the National Park Service said the graffiti in the North District, Cathedral Valley, was first observed on June 6. It was documented by park staff on June 8. The graffiti measures 27.5 inches by 17 inches and is deeply gouged into the rock, the news release said. It depicts an eye, with letters MMGB carved vertically to the left of the eye.
Park law enforcement officers are conducting a criminal investigation, the news release said. 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,” the news release said. “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. To aid an investigation or report something suspicious in any National Park Service site anonymously, click here and go to “submit a tip” or call 888-653-0009.