You are vandals and I hope they prosecute you and throw you in jail. Worries
about children? Please!
This angries up the blood.
Been to goblin valley at least a hundred times...these are very strong rock
formations and they will not fall and hurt a fly---unless senseless people like
these men are there purposely destroying them! . These men are a disgrace and I
strongly agree they should be prosecuted to the max! My personal message to
them: STAY OUT of our state and national parks!!!'
These two adult juveniles were having a blast destroying mother nature's
beautiful landscape. Their son who was watching them's going to follow
suit in the future. I'm more than angry. They're not park patrol nor
safety officers to go around and check for unstable rock formation
I give them the benefit of the doubt until proven guilty. Dumb yes, but maybe
no guilty of criminal intent.
So many jump to the throat, why not wait until it's all figured out. I
agree with them that they should have found a ranger to show the dangerous
It's a sad statement on society these days when personal self-interest and
self-fulfillment overrides common sense. Modern American culture, especially
here in Utah. It's all about ME. This valley, and it's
unique formations, have survived millions of years and was important enough to
society to cordon it off as a state park. And these gentlemen decide to go knock
it over for a laugh.And @liberate, this isn't hearsay or
unproven accusations. They posted the video and audio themselves. Then followed
up in an interview saying they'd do it again. These are OUR lands. These
are OUR monuments and treasures. I think WE have every right to be angry at
those who destroy our treasures for a laugh.
Come on. They must think we're stupid and going to buy the explanation of
safety that they're selling. They might be lying, but watch the video. It
tells the whole truth in body language and tone. These guys are poor excuses for
youth leaders. They clearly lack sound judgement.
Dumb, inconsiderate, and criminal.Throw the book at them!
My father was a botanist and was an expert witness in a suit when a state-owned
tree fell on a citizen, who sued the state. It is not unreasonable to worry for
peoples' safety. For all you holier-than-thou people who want to throw the
book at him, please consider if you have ever done something in good conscience
that turned out to have bad consequences. And if you haven't ever done such
a thing before, you still might in the future. I agree that they ought to have
contacted a park ranger, but hindsight is always 20/20.
They should be prosecuted and not allowed to volunteer with the Boy Scouts or
youth for a very long time. They set a very bad example.
The outrage by some is a bit much. If what they say is true and at some future
point someone did get harmed or killed would we all now say "oh well, that
was tragic, but it was mother nature so that's okay"? In the end it
was two rocks shaped by mother nature. I'm sure she isn't crying over
this. Millions of square miles around the world are practically untouched and
formed by mother nature as well,. Take a look around, there is beauty
everywhere, we really want to condemn these guys to prison because they claim
they tried to protect some future family. Should they have gotten the rangers,
probably, but lets stop acting like they killed someone. As a community lets
rise up against the many abuses happening to children or women or drugs or
driving while drunk or our country's murder rate or pornography, or our
parks services acting as a foolish arm of the White House during the shut down
or against prostitution or, or or or Perspective please.
@liberate: I really couldn't care less what their intent was (and I might
add that I'm not buying their explanation of their intent for a moment).Try telling a cop you didn't "intend" to speed and let us
know how high that flies. Ignorance is not and never has been an excuse.
It wasn't yours to do. You do not have the authority to "save
lives" in a state park. And your jubilation smacks of proving that you were
strong enough to topple a rock rather than make a path safer.If you
applied your logic more broadly, I could go cut down a tree in your yard because
I thought that one day it may fall and hurt someone. I could rip out the stair
rails in your house because they may one day fail.Make up your
excuses after the fact and they had better be good, because if there is any
justice you will be tried and forced to pay for a helicopter to lift that rock
back to its proper position.
If they are not prosecuted, then everyone is free to do what they did with no
Thanks for keeping our parks safe guys... now pay the fines and don't ever
visit our parks again.
I'm ok with pushing over a rock that might be dangerous. I don't just
buy that story though based on how they were acting in the video. It was
completely disrespectful and made me think that they were just being stupid. For
everyone that says innocent until proven guilty, the guilty party posted a video
of them performing the actions!
Same fishy story as an example "Dean Potter famous climb on Delicate
Arch". Did he get fined, I don't know. I did look in the web search,
but it did say something which was put in place from federal government AFTER he
already attempt that Delicate Rock (Arch). Now this is State Park "Goblin
Valley" and I do hope that there will be huge STIFF Penalties for what he
did. Remember this Colorado River rafting group who pushed (or whatever word)
this large boulder down the river in Moab area. What consequences did they get?
Again, I don't know but Mother nature did her art and should be kept
alone.I am sorry sir to both of you if you didn't think which I
don't buy that and stay away from our Mother Nature land!
Are we really going to throw people in jail for pushing over a rock? Please.
These people have families. Sure, they made a mistake. Have them perform
community service, cleaning parks or building walking paths in parks. If you put
them in jail they will lose their income, their families will lose their homes,
divorces may result and the families my end up on welfare.Stop the
reactionary comments and think a little. Actions have consequences on both
sides.Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.
"please consider if you have ever done something in good conscience that
turned out to have bad consequences."Nope. Never have.Throw the book at them.
These guys are shortsighted.The narrowest Hoodoos are the
coolest!Please stay out of the parks.
As seen on CNN.
Right or wrong one thing is certain; that rock will not be crushing some child
or tree hugger in the future.
@Hightek"especially here in Utah"That's funny, seeing
as Utah is one of the most charitable states in the country.As to the
toppling of the rocks - absolutely terrible. A large fine should be sufficient
The Tribune has a more in-depth article about this situation. The culprit says
he was "prompted" to topple the rock. The men are both LDS, Scout
leaders and Youth leaders.This troubles me because I was an LDS
Scoutmaster for over 5 years. I knew whatever I did would likely be seen as
appropriate behavior by the Scouts. When out on a campout, hike or at Scout
camp, I made sure they knew the rules, the laws and why they must obey the Scout
Law. I was never perfect, but I would never have made a joke out of damaging a
natural feature.The logic that a natural feature is too much of a
risk to someone else is false logic. Nature is inherently a threat to humans.
Not only rocks but also weather, water, wildlife, trees and everything else
poses risks to us. These guys need to use common sense rather than justify
their behavior by saying they were protecting someone else.
RE: SuperdellI tend to agree. We don't need washington DC
tryin' to tell us what rocks we can touch in our own state! Enough is
By some of your logic, we should tear down Delicate Arch, fill in the Grand
Canyon, outlaw rock climbing, and drain all large bodies of water larger than a
bathtub. Truth is that nature is dangerous, we don't need nature safety
vigilantes running around making it safe for us.How can you possible
condone this behavior? If a natural landmark becomes unsafe, such as Landscape
Arch, you don't tear it down, you tell people about it and protect them
from it and protect it from them.
Scout leaders?Their levels of mature judgement is even lower than
the normal 12-year old Scout. I hope they will be relieved of their Scouting
Are we going to prosecute every kid that rolls a rock down the mountain now?
For those who claim the feds are being too restrictive when it bans toppling
rock formations, this was a state park, created by and under the control of the
state of Utah.For those who think the act was justified on safety
grounds, there are thousands of hoodoos in Goblin Valley that you could use that
excuse to push over. If you're worried about it, don't visit this
particular park because that's what it is- a bunch of heavy large rocks on
softer and smaller stone stems.
What happened to "Leave No Trace?" These guys ought to be banned from
the Boy Scouts for life. The false logic of trying to make the park safer for
people is just the lame excuse they came up with after they got caught. By that
logic, how many other formations are there in Goblin Valley that ought to be
torn down? 100? 500? 1000? Why don't we go ahead and dynamite Landscape
Arch? It's getting pretty thin up there. Or widen the slot canyons to
make flash flooding less dangerous? What about the stalagmites in Timpanogos
Cave? Someone might fall on one and impale themselves one day. Better break
them off. I don't buy that excuse for one second. I don't know which
is more concerning: these men and their excuse, or the people on here that
actually seem to buy it. Whatever you think of the government or
"environmentalists" or whatever, that's absolutely no excuse to
gleefully go around wantonly desecrating God's creations.
The Rock."Let he who is without sin cast the first stone".
Apparently they were without sin. So they cast the first big stone out of the
way so they can squeeze their way around it. So now it's my turn to cast
my stone at them. I've sinned in other aspects of my life. But not
pushing a rock over for hanging loose on it's place and I'm having a
hard time getting around it.
justmyguy -- these sure didn't look like kids.
Great intentions, but poor delivery. They removed a hazard. Park officials
should now comb over the park and find these potential hazards and re-route
trails, or block off these sections of the park to maintain the integrity of the
Ignorance is no excuse. These men destroyed not only public property, but an
ancient formation that had been standing for centuries. This behavior is
inexcusable, but especially in scout leaders who should be examples to
others--youth and otherwise. The rock they toppled had more sense
than these men. I hope they throw the book at them.
I've seen lots of balanced rocks that look very precarious... that
doesn't mean you push them over.I guess that's what
happens when city folks get out of their safe manufactured environment. It
looks dangerous so they have to do something about it. Too bad this
intervention was so destructive.My philosophy when in the outdoors
is to leave natural things the way they are and let nature take it's
course.What if some guy saw Delicate Arch and thought it was so
fragile he'd just hook his 4x4 up to it and pull it down (so it
wouldn't fall on somebody).
On my recent trip to the California Redwoods, the only act of vandalism I
witnessed was done by three unattended youths, one wearing an "I am a
Mormon" shirt. I spoke to the scoutmaster (who wore a BYU sweatshirt) about
it and he graciously accepted the concern I expressed, but I still see it as his
responsibility.I wish that LDS Church and BSA leadership would
launch an awareness campaign to emphasize more respect for others and the
natural world. Scouting used to be different.
I don't buy for a SECOND that they did it for safety. Come on...They should be fined into oblivion. What is next? Knocking down Delicate Arch?
How about some graffiti in the Grand Canyon? Maybe they could find some ancient
native american artifacts they could destroy?
Tourism is a large contributor to Utah's economy, but if Utahans want to
destroy the very beauty that contributes to their economy tourists will go
elsewhere. Here's a sarcastic suggestion; give these fellas some shovels
and a wheelbarrow so they can level the Wasatch - folks could get hurt skiing up
Mabye these fellows were merely in need of some "rock n' roll"?
What happened to "leave no trace"?
What a great example for their posterity. They exhibited totally immature and
child-like demeanor in this video.
@ Ted"I wish that LDS Church and BSA leadership would launch an
awareness campaign to emphasize more respect for others and the natural world.
Scouting used to be different."The BSA has--it's called
Leave No Trace, and it's right there in every Boy Scout Handbook, as well
as leader materials. Evidently these leaders either have not been properly
trained, have ignored their training, or both. Either way, they have no place
That was a disturbing video. The laughing was difficult to hear. Good to see
most people are sensitive to this issue. Concerned that others still don't
get it. I have been to many beautiful places in the world and in my opinion
noting compares to Goblin Valley. The beauty of it is due to these many
many years ago, in a geology class at the U, the structure of these formations
was explained. as the wind erodes the softer rock, the center of gravity
shifts, and compresses the softer rock, then the less compressed rock on the
other side will erode faster and cause a shift in the center of gravity, and on,
and on. this explains how the fantastic formations came into being over the
millenia that it took. if these 'gentlemen' had just left it alone
and mentioned it to a ranger, it could have been cordoned off and left untill it
either fell by itself, or stabilized by itself. for this vandalism, maybe not
jail time, but surely a hefty fine and community service. this is my opinion
and I'm from Utah.
This goes to show how many hidden crimes are on the books. If these guys had
good intentions to protect others from a large bolder falling on them they had
no criminal intent, but our government's "malum prohibitum" crimes
are poised to "fry them." Of course, when a boulder fell down the
mountain in Big Cottonwood Canyon and crushed a young man in a car with his mom
watching, I didn't hear about any government officials rushing in to take
responsibility or comfort the family. People are more valuable than rock
formations despite what political correctness teaches. We need to repeal about
2/3 of all state and federal laws so we all don't become felons
To those defending these guys or saying "no big deal." Really?It was made a Utah State Park for a reason. To protect the natural beauty
that exists there for everyone to enjoy.I have this feeling that
those who are saying, "it's just a rock," or "they didn't
do anything wrong," happen to belong to a particular wing of a certain
@RG, these men have absolutely no evident credentials for judging the safety of
the formation, so they certainly were in no position to determine (in hindsight,
only after discussing things with an attorney, did the issue of safety come up
as it is certainly not part of their self-glorification video) the safety of
that structure.@The Rock (how apropos)... You stated, "Let he
who is without sin cast the first stone." Do you taste the ironic poisoning?
I was gonna let them without sin cast the first stone, but these selfish
juveniles already knocked it over.
Re: "I wish that LDS Church and BSA leadership would launch an awareness
campaign to emphasize more respect for others and the natural world"... Ya, I'm pretty sure the LDS Church and the BSA have never done any
campaigns to emphasis respect for others and the natural world... Give me a
break. Just because there are a few bone-heads out there... don't project
it onto everybody.This is not an LDS problem. And it's not a
BSA problem.Nowhere in the BSA training are they taught to do this
(quite the opposite). Nowhere in LDS doctrine are they taught to do this
(quite the opposite).Let's not try to make this into something
it isn't (an LDS bash session or a BSA thing) or project this onto others
who had nothing to do with it. Neither of these groups were responsible for
this.Blame is not important. Education is.
I have been to Goblin Valley several times with family and with scouting groups.
This is not only one of my favorite places to visit in Utah but home to one of
the most unique geological formations on this planet. As a scout and a scout
leader I was taught the "leave no trace" principles and did my best to
follow them and instill them in the youth I worked with. It saddens me that a
couple of "environmental vigilantes" decided to arbitrarily destroy a
part of this incredible natural treasure on false pretense of safeguarding us
from a potential hazard. Not only should they be criminally charged and fined
for wanton destruction of public property but they should be ordered to do
hundreds of hours of community service working side by side with park rangers
who spend so much of their time cleaning up vandalism in many of our state and
national parks. Hopefully, a felony conviction will disqualify these bozos from
any future service in scouting.
Another good reason the State of Utah should take over the management of all the
parks in the state. Look at the money we could save in wages. After all everyone
who visit's is an expert and knows what is best. Goblin Valley is a pile of
trash. Over the past few years we have hauled out bags of water bottles, balls
and even human waste. What a fine example we set while showing the world that we
can do what we want with no consequences.
IF these two are Scout Leaders they should be released from their callings and
asked to serve in the nursery where they can be watched more closely by
reasonable and sane adults. Their act of safety was childish vandalism and
should carry a heavy enough fine that they will remember it for a long long
For scouts and scouters to destroy natural features anywhere is a callous and
reprehensible act of ignorance, but to do it in a state park, which is dedicated
to the preservation and appreciation of natural wonders, is an act deserving of
swift, severe and long-term punishment. Regardless of the legal
consequences to these individuals, the Boy Scouts of America and their local
council should prohibit these men from being registered as scouters ever again.
Our youth deserve better role models than this, and society
deserves a generation that won't grow up to emulate them.
Take only pictures, leave only footprints.
Cougar11, "As a community lets rise up against the many abuses
happening to children or women or drugs or driving while drunk or our
country's murder rate or pornography, or our parks services acting as a
foolish arm of the White House during the shut down or against prostitution or,
or or or Perspective please."Please, be my guest. Go for it. In
the meantime, the rest of us have every right to be appalled by this senseless
these men should be asked to be made to work in the scout program forever! If
you've ever been asked to work with scouts you will know what I mean.Now - if they had done this and were serious about it from the first I
might it might think this was a good thing but they clearly they wanted to push
this rock over and then joked about it as if they did something honorable.
"deep down inside you need me on that wall"I say fine them,
make them do service, and never allow them in our state parks again.
I hope these idiots get the book thrown at them! They don't own public
property and destroying what took thousands of years to create is against
everything we hold sacred. This violation of trust should involve very stiff
fines and/or penalties to send a message you cannot desecrate our national
treasures with impunity. As a citizen of Utah, it makes me really mad. I hope
they seriously regret this mindless vandalism!
What these people did is inexcusable, and anyone who watches the video can judge
for themselves whether they believe that the vandals were genuinely concerned
for others' safety.But making death threats against them is
even worse. We do not believe in vigilante justice in this country. If
they've actually received death threats, as they claim, whoever made them
can and should also be criminally prosecuted.
Dwayne said, “None of you can state any intent to harm people therefore
the men did not commit a violation of anyone's rights." While intent is
an important consideration in determining the "weight" of someone's
offense it is not the only legal consideration (e.g., cases of negligence). You
also seem to be forgetting the 85,000 individuals who visit Goblin Valley on an
annual basis. Since Goblin Valley is a state park, and maintained in part by my
tax dollars, destruction of public property is a violation of my rights as an
individual as well as the rights of thousands of other state taxpayers who will
no longer have the benefit of enjoying the park in its previous natural state.
How is what they did any different than any other form of vandalism? Also, how
did these clowns know the rock posed an imminent threat to the safety of others?
I highly doubt either of these guys are trained geologists. Finally, if you see
a bear in proximity to humans, you warn them to get out of the way and then call
a duly authorized DWR officer whom we have given legal authority to manage our
This was a PURPOSEFUL DECISION, not a mistake.The man pushing the rock,
has filed at least one "personal injury" lawsuit.These
"leaders" missed the signs that said DO NOT CLIMB, and let their charges
climb and jump on the rocks? These "men" shouldn't be
allowed to hold ANY position of authority, anywhere.
Oh my, my. Such bad boys. Poor civilized people always ready to holler and
point fingers, call names and lay blame. Sad civilized people.
Boy, why can't people just admit, that these two had the right thoughts
when pushing over a rock, hoping, to avoid a future accident. There are other
grat things to see in Utah parks, and I bet those who have writeen complaining
notes, have never been to Goblin Valley.
Just saw this story on national news, with the guilty men dressed in suits and
ties trying to "look" innocent. This is outrageous! Shame on them! It
gives the BSA and Utahns a bad name (which neither needs right now).
C'mon, let's throw the book at them. They need to take full
accountability and stop rationalizing. If my sons had Boy Scout leaders like
this, I would make them quit scouting. We can't afford to let men like
these try to be "examples" to our sons.
The explanation of safety would be viable if they hadn't posted this on
UTube. Not convinced that they had altruistic motives.
Are you kidding me, grandmagreat and pumpkin? Did you watch the video? Now
honestly say that they had the right thoughts pushing over a rock and blame the
civilized people. Unbelievable...
They didn't do it to protect anyone. It was stupid and they should be
charged to the full extent of the law
I agree with The Rock.I think what these men did was stupid; but not
malicious. If their intent were truly criminal, I doubt they would post on
youtube. Given identical circumstances, they would likely not make the same
mistake again. We all make mistakes; some of them unwise. Who among us is
exempt? Let the punishment fit the crime. Let them do community service or
whatever is deemed prudent and move on.
@byu_realistic: You said it wasn't a truly criminal act, but then said
"let the punishment fit the crime". Isn't defacement of public
property a crime? I know, let's go to their yards and cut down trees and
then say that it looked as if the trees might topple on some innocent person and
cause injury. Would that punishment fit the "crime"?
The rock formations in Goblin Valley are solid rock consisting of a body, neck
and head of 'goblins'.The rock that was toppled in video
was precariously sitting on a neck of clay.Not a rock formation as
is implied in the title of article.
He pushed over a rock. I don't think he should have done it and he should
get a fine. If you think he should get a felony you need to reevaluate your
It would not be out of line to let these brethren spend a half a dozen nights in
jail and pay a hefty fine for their vandalism and terrible example they have set
for the youth they were supposed to be setting good example for.
Can't somebody ask the Rock what happened? Isn't there anyone left in
Utah who can talk to a rock?
I'd have to know the specific law regarding the "destruction" of
these structures, but it looked to me like they did the wrong thing for what
they perceived to be the right reason, and I suspect I'd be hard-pressed to
convict 'em. Yes, they had fun doing what they did, but I still think they
thought removing the rock was the lesser evil. Maybe there ought to be posted
warnings about what to do--and not do--when you see an unsafe condition in the
park. (Personally, I'm just glad their act of safety didn't backfire
on them... Had that unstable mound of dirt caused the boulder to come down on
the guy's leg, it would've been a very different video...)
The heck with fines. These two people should be made to put the rock back where
it was originally located!
What is the big deal here? The rock was there, now it is elsewhere! I'm
sure mother nature is more forgiving than the rest of the people here... There
are people dying all over the world from hunger, diseases and wars and we want
to waste resources to prosecute these guys for making an ignorant mistake that
didn't hurt anyone. I guess that's the American way.
When these fine gentlemen and Scout Leaders are done fixing the State Park,
perhaps they could hop over to the United Kingdom and help them with that pesky
Typical me generation, whatever I want to do is right, never thinking about
rules, other visitors in this case, or even future generations, and to think
they represent the Boy Scouts, good thing he taught his son a valuable lesson,
destroy mother nature when you can.
While I can understand they had good intentions, it's never a good thing to
destroy national parks; especially the views that they contain. If it is a
hazard area, shouldn't it state that, as well?Fine them if you
will, but they needn't be in jail for it.Perhaps having them
speak to others about why what they did was not legal would be a good thing,
too; as a public service.
And this is what we teach our children in Boy Scout? That is is okay to trash
what we want when we want to and yet post it as a favor to hikers. Give me a
break. But don't give THEM one. Heavy fines, please.
I have seen less outrage as a result of child molestations and murders. Good
grief, gain some perspective.I'm not saying I condone what they
did but please get a grip people. Of course they should have notified rangers
but seriously, the rock is still right beside where it was before.Calm down. Whether they handled it properly or not the rock was loose enough
to be a danger and ultimately Rangers may have done the same thing.Poor judgement yes but people are acting like they belong in the electric
chair or something.Its a rock and thera are plenty more around the
area to still look at. If they would not have videoed it then nobody would have
been the wiser or have ever known or said anything about the landscape.Typical over-reaction of todays environmental politically correct wingnut
Boy scouts are to leave no trace of being there.. To clean and protect the
trails ... These guys did everything but that.. I was a scout leader for years
these guys should be brought up on charges and fined.. This is a bad day in
scouting history.... These are not leaders!!! They are no better than Vandals,
with spray paint and should be treated the same..
Hey critics and officials, back off these guys and take a different perspective
for those who also need to gain some perspective (about preservation). These
guys shouldn't have done what they did; you should not persecute them for
it. Some (over-)appreciate mother nature and some under-appreciate it; which one
of you is correct? How do you know? We are talking about knocking over a
relatively insignificant structure. There is NO DOUBT it was an error in
judgment, a mistake, which we all make. Let's reserve jail/prison for the
truly criminal and not spend resources on mistake-makers. Relax.I
believe if you direct your outrage, indignation, judgment, demands for justice
and resources to more problematic ethical issues (e.g., modern slavery, basic
human rights, deterioration of virtue and values in society, etc.) you'll
contribute to exposing and bringing to justice true criminals who don't
hesitate to exploit.Goblin Valley State Park will go on it nearly
all of it's glory, perhaps minus one rock, which IS unfortunate, but not a
crime, nor should it be.
It's so sad that someone would take it upon themselves to destroy something
that has stood for 170 million years. My family and I are planning a trip to
Goblin Valley in May of next year now we won't see something that we might
have seen. In the video it took some major effort to knock that
rock off. I can't believe they would say they were trying to protect
anyone. They just wanted to see if they could knock it down. I only
wish that there were stiffer penalties for destruction of natural wonders.
These men are certainly NOT Boy Scout leaders. They are wearing not a single
vestige of a uniform. Leaders are required to dress the part. Secondly, they,,
if they were leaders, would be trained to leave no trace. "Take only
pictures, leave only foot prints." And the very depth of their depravity,,,
they posted the rope that is going to hang them. And the three
should consider themselves astonishingly fortunate. ANY, I do mean any, first
year, greenhorn, construction site or tree feller, would NEVER have placed
themselves between two rocks. Strictly 50/50 as to the direction of fall. Had
that,,, gosh I want to swear, person doing the pushing, had he died, the other
two would be charged with , at a minimum, manslaughter. A fatality during the
commission of a crime.Their mentality, what very little they may
possess, would have them killing snakes in a snake preserve, shooting buffalo,
in a buffalo preserve such as the Black Hills, and certainly killing every wolf
and grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park.These men are vandals,
ignorant, vile , imbeciles. They should indeed be prosecuted to the fullest
extent of the law.
The Final Word: but it is not in the same place that it was. A goblin was
The world must be really short on legitimate news, to focus on such a trivial
thing. Sure, these guys were stupid. But 'cmon people, get a life. They
tipped over a rock, for pete's sake!It isn't as if the
millions of inhabitants of the world, or even the majority of inhabitants of
Utah, ever knew or cared about Goblin Valley, before it came into public notice.
Even the US Secretary of State asserts that Americans have the right to be
stupid.Rock formations erode and fall down all the time without even
the slightest notice from the general public. The special features of Goblin
Valley have not suffered any noticeable compromise because of these men and a
thoughless stunt. Leave them alone, they'll go back to obscurity from
public criticism, and nobody will be the worse.I willingly confess
to have rolled rocks on public lands, and I don't think anyone ever took
any notice or even cared. Things fall down, roll downhill - nature is ruled by
entropy. Not even the mountains last forever.
If it takes that much effort to push it over, the chances are that it
wouldn't fall any time soon.England has it's beauty, and
we protect that beauty for generations to come. Heavy fines are, in my opinion,
warranted here. My family and I stand open-mouthed at the beauty of Utah's
natural scenery when we visit. Shame is that there is now one less jaw-dropping
sight to see because of what would appear to be vandalism. I guess
spray-painting their names would not have been enough.My other hope
is that this gentleman does not win his claims for back injuries from the car-
crash he was involved in. I use my local gym several times a week, and would
have struggled to push that rock over. It would be impossible for someone with
a debilitating back injury.