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Posted: October 18, 2013

Boy Scout leaders destroy millions-year-old rock formation

By Joe Kelley

News 96.5 - Orlando

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Three adult Boy Scout leaders are facing charges after vandalizing a large boulder at Goblin Valley State Park in Utah. 

As described in the YouTube video

Three men, tagged as Dave Hall, Glenn Taylor and Dylan Taylor, push over large rock boulders in Goblin Valley, Utah in this video posted to Hall's Facebook page. They claim they are preventing a safety hazard, but the activity in the video is likely illegal. Utah state parks authorities are investigating, and the three are facing felony charges. The video has since been removed from Facebook. 

The Goblin Valley State Park is part of the San Rafael Swell in south central Utah.

The park’s prominent feature is its thousands of hoodoo rocks, formations of mushroom-shaped rock pinnacles, sometimes as high as several meters.  

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Along with the rock formations, the park is also known for its many rock art panels, evidence of the park’s past Native American cultures that resided there.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports

After the rock falls, the three men laugh, cheer and high five each other.

Utah State Parks officials Thursday were not so amused.

"It is not only wrong, but there will be consequences," said spokesman Eugene Swalberg, noting that a criminal investigation is underway by State Parks authorities.

"This is highly, highly inappropriate," he said. "This is not what you do at state parks. It’s disturbing and upsetting."

Swalberg said it’s rare for tourists to destroy natural formations.

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