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Increased vandalism to archaeological sites in Southern Utah prompts "Petroglyph patrol"

A new group calling themselves “Petroglyph Patrol” is helping protect national parks in Southern Utah from vandalism. (Photo: DJ Bolerjack / KUTV)

(KUTV) Over the last few years vandalism to historic petroglyphs, paleontological sites and important natural resources have been a serious problem, especially in Southwest Utah.

But now, a group that calls themselves the "Petroglyph Patrol" is visiting all the most popular tourist destinations in the area to educate visitors and keep a watchful eye on these historic sites. The group consists of dozens of people covering hundreds of archaeological and historic sites around southern Utah.

One of them is located a few miles East of Santa Clara, on the Anasazi Valley Trailhead.

At the top of a 1 and a half mile long trail lies a number of snapshots of historic artwork that were carved with stone tools on the rock thousands of years ago.

Susan Crook, "Petroglyph Patrol" group coordinator and volunteer said the petroglyphs remind her of a library.

"This is them telling their stories to us. This is part of our history." Crook said.

The Bureau of Land Management, who's backing this group said that vandalism is seen in many different ways: Spray-paint, marker, people scratching the artwork with charcoal or knives, people standing on it, touching it with their hands.

If you'd like to hear from visitors on this issue and see the petroglyphs for yourself, watch the story above.

To learn more about the "Petroglyph Patrol" and the larger campaign click here.

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