Over Thanksgiving break my family went on an adventure in our favorite stomping ground Southern Utah (near the Kanab area). Our goal was to hike to hike to Cutler’s Point, which is a fabulous (albeit shallow) cave inside the side of a mountain plateau. (See pictures below.)
As we drove back from Cutler’s Point on an old highway that used to be the main road into Kanab. On some of the red cliff walls right next to the old highway are Native American Fremont petroglyphs dating from 700 to about 1300 A.D. On top of some of these wonderful writings from a culture lost hundreds of years ago, business men from the mid 1900s wrote big advertisements in black paint—everything from law services to painting for hire. It was a “natural” bill board. It didn’t matter to them that they were writing over history. They didn’t realize what they were destroying.
But nowadays we do. So why do people keep ruining these amazing treasures?
In 2016, graffiti showed up in multiple areas around the state of Utah, some so severe at Frame Arch in Utah’s Arches National Park that rangers say it’s not repairable.
Here’s my request:
Let’s all earn a lesson from the past and try to preserve these natural and historic treasures around our nation. Our children and their children will thank us for it.
Here are a few pictures from our outdoor adventure at Cutler’s Point. It made for some great photo opportunities.