Vandals Deface Utah Petroglyphs With Obscenities

Apr 28, 2021

An ancient petroglyph panel near Moab, Utah was vandalized with obscene and racist graffiti earlier this week. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports, authorities are searching for the people responsible.

The Birthing Rock panel was defaced with obscene words and images sometime on late Monday or early Tuesday.
Credit Zak Podmore, Salt Lake Tribune


The petroglyph panel known as the “Birthing Rock” is located at a popular recreation spot near the confluence of Kane Creek and the Colorado River. It features centuries-old images from Ancestral Puebloans as well as Ute artwork. The Salt Lake Tribune reports, vandals defaced the petroglyphs with the words “white power” and other obscene words and images sometime on Monday night or early Tuesday. The Bureau of Land Management is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible for the vandalism. You can call 1 800 722 3998 with anonymous tips.