"Hiking related...we were hiking Corona Arch yesterday in Utah & the guy in the red shirt proudly made his mark on the Arch even after we asked him to stop. Then sent his 2 teenage boys down to switch plates on their trucks. We turned photos into NPS and reported them. What a bummer tho that people would willingly do this. Our hiking areas should remain as pristine as we found them!"
"We have pics of him scratching the 18R♥️ on the wall. The little girl started copying him as well. We have tide pics as well. In addition to video pics of the teenage boys in the party trying to change license plates. Multiple witnesses he kept marking the wall when asked to stop. Park service has all information in addition to the license plate numbers."
If you can't appreciate nature, don't go. Simple as that.
Just so you know, Corona arch is not within the National Park system, it lies outside Arches National Park. It is located in Bureau of Land Manage land however, so it is still protected under the federal government.
You might want to also post this to /sub/rangers or /sub/publiclands -- also, /sub/hiking and /sub/campingandhiking are very interested in vandalism. The latter two subs have been helpful in tracking down other vandals.
EDIT: corrected name of one subreddit
Where did this account appear, and when? I'd like to try to find coverage in the NPS Morning Report, or a local paper.
Thanks. This incident is completely infuriating. I once had that sort of argument with somebody who was encouraging his kids to take souvenir rocks at Painted Desert, but that was small potatoes compared to this. If I saw somebody doing what this guy did, things would get physical fast.
Unfortunately a friend is who the quote and photo is from. She witnessed it this weekend unfortunately. Maybe it will make the news.