Utah’s mysterious obelisk, which left human waste behind, wounded the earth

No matter how mysterious, the world-famous Utah obelisk, illegally planted in the canyon of the San Juan County redrock gap, disappeared Friday night, the Bureau of Agriculture confirmed. The photos show that whoever removed the statue was left with only a triangular hole and a piece of metal – but the many visitors who flocked to the remote site during Thanksgiving week also left evidence of their travels behind.

In a press release, BLM said on Sunday that people “parked on the vegetation and left human waste behind” when they visited an undeveloped site that does not have a designated parking lot or restrooms. On Sunday’s tweet, the agency featured a photo of the once-shining steel pillar and a group of carts parked off the dirt road following tires bridging the red landscape, and what could be a piece of toilet paper sticking out of the ground.

Driving off designated roads and trails at the Monticello Local Office is illegal, the BLM said.

(Photo: courtesy of the Bureau of Agriculture) Vehicles are parked on the road in the desert, on the way to the desert in Utah
(Photo: courtesy of the Office of Land Management) The vehicles were parked in a striped jelly on their way to the “obelisk” of the road desert, which disappeared on Friday.

BLM officials recommended on Sunday that people should not attempt to visit the former site of the obelisk, also known as the “monolith,” saying the canyon has no services to support the masses.

“We acknowledge the incredible interest that the‘ monolith ’has generated around the world. Many have enjoyed the mystery and see the 2020 news cycle as a welcome distraction, ”said Amber Denton Johnson, Monticello’s field manager, in the publication. “Nevertheless, it has been installed in public areas without permission and the site is in a remote area where there are no services for the many people who want to see it now. When visiting a public area, please follow “Do Not Leave a Footprint” principles and federal and local laws and guidelines. “

(Photos courtesy of the Bureau of Agriculture) A piece of toilet paper or litter sticking out of the ground near Utah
(Photos courtesy of the Bureau of Agriculture) A piece of toilet paper or litter sticks out of the ground near an Utah obelisk – which disappeared on Friday. According to the BLM, visitors to the site left behind human waste.

The obelisk has been there since at least 2016, according to Google satellite imagery. And so far no one has claimed to be its creator or claimed to have removed it.