A beautiful view from atop a boulder in lower Little Cottonwood Canyon was ruined on Tuesday.
Two hikers alerted Unified Police officers that they had potentially spotted a group of vandals graffitiing a large granite boulder in the Salt Lake City neighboring canyon. When they arrived to investigate the scene, the hikers’ fears had been confirmed.
It is believed that the vandals were teenagers.
“Hey, whosever kids these are out here spray-painting rocks in Little Cottonwood Canyon, you’ve got to do a better job of being a parent!” Dillion Pile said, one of the hikers who called the police about the vandals.
The mutilated boulder is located above the park-and-ride lot at the mouth of the canyon and requires a short but challenging hike plus some scrambling to reach it, KSL News’ Andrew Adams reports.
Little Cottonwood Canyon is home to world-class ski areas Snowbird and Alta and has thousands of high-quality climbing, bouldering, and hiking routes.
In Utah, it is a misdemeanor to leave graffiti in the wild, and local police are working to figure out who was responsible for this vandalous act.