Mesa Verde reports increase in vandalism, graffiti

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Mesa Verde reports increase in vandalism, graffiti

Park uses social media to raise awareness; investigation continues
A surge of graffiti this summer at Mesa Verde National Park is alarming officials. Here, vandals dug up ancient charcoal to deface a sandstone wall.
Boulders along the Knife Edge trail near Morefield campground have been vandalized. Park officials are stepping up patrols with volunteers and staff to deter illegal activity.
This ancient grinding slick, used by Ancestral Puebloans 1,000 years ago, was permanently damaged by vandals this summer at Mesa Verde National Park.
Vandals using rocks or knives etched a note on a rock along the Knife Edge trail. Vandals may face a $5,000 fine and six months in jail.
A hashtag that apparently was used in a social media scavenger hunt is an example of vandalism on federal lands.
Park visitors are not allowed to stack rocks. Legitimate rock cairns are created by park officials to safely guide trail users.
An artist who painted on rock formations on federal lands like this one at Crater National Park was convicted in 2016.
A serial graffiti artist painted on rocks in seven national parks in 2014 was sentenced to probation and community service, and temporarily banned from all federal lands.

Mesa Verde reports increase in vandalism, graffiti

A surge of graffiti this summer at Mesa Verde National Park is alarming officials. Here, vandals dug up ancient charcoal to deface a sandstone wall.
Boulders along the Knife Edge trail near Morefield campground have been vandalized. Park officials are stepping up patrols with volunteers and staff to deter illegal activity.
This ancient grinding slick, used by Ancestral Puebloans 1,000 years ago, was permanently damaged by vandals this summer at Mesa Verde National Park.
Vandals using rocks or knives etched a note on a rock along the Knife Edge trail. Vandals may face a $5,000 fine and six months in jail.
A hashtag that apparently was used in a social media scavenger hunt is an example of vandalism on federal lands.
Park visitors are not allowed to stack rocks. Legitimate rock cairns are created by park officials to safely guide trail users.
An artist who painted on rock formations on federal lands like this one at Crater National Park was convicted in 2016.
A serial graffiti artist painted on rocks in seven national parks in 2014 was sentenced to probation and community service, and temporarily banned from all federal lands.
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