Vandals caught destroying ancient rock formations at Lake Mead

Tourists in the United States destroyed million-year-old rocks in a national park, causing irreversible damage. They are currently wanted

In an egregious act of vandalism at Lake Mead’s Redstone Dunes Trail in Nevada, USA, two visitors were caught on video toppling ancient sandstone rock formations. These visitors scaled the towering rust-colored formations and forcefully pushed down large slabs of sandstone, which disastrously crumbled into dust.

Park rangers are now actively searching for the two vandals who face hefty fines and up to six months in jail. The vandalism involved the destruction of millenary rocks dating back to approximately 140 million years ago, which are a prominent feature of the picturesque Redstone Dunes Trail.

Community outrage over destruction of beloved natural site

“Why would anyone do something like this to such a beautiful area? It’s one of my favorite spots in the park and they’re up there destroying it. I just don’t understand,” expressed John Haynes, a spokesperson for the recreational area.

The National Park Service is urging anyone who might be able to help identify the “vandalism suspects” to call or text the National Park Service’s Tip Line.

Background on Lake Mead recreational area

The Lake Mead National Recreation Area, established in 1936, spans over 6,000 square kilometers. It stretches along the Colorado River from the western edge of the Grand Canyon National Park to below the Davis Dam. According to the National Park Service, the sandstone formations along the Redstone Trail have been shaped over time by the geological forces of 140-million-year-old dunes.

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