04/14/2021

Statement on Bolting Petroglyphs Near Moab, Utah

We unequivocally condemn the recent actions at Sunshine Wall, near Moab, Utah that compromised the integrity of petroglyphs, sacred Indigenous cultural artifacts.

Ancestral Lands of the Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute), Access Fund photo

It is essential that climbers understand the significance of petroglyphs, not only as a window into the past but as an ongoing and vital part of Indigenous culture and identity to this day, and are committed to protecting these sacred sites. The cultural and spiritual value of these places cannot be measured, and we firmly support efforts to protect them. We are currently reaching out to our friends and partners in the local and national tribal, climbing, and land management communities to discuss how to best proceed with the current situation and prevent such instances from occurring again.

Signed,

Access Fund
American Alpine Club
Friends of Indian Creek
Salt Lake Climbers Alliance
Western Colorado Climbers’ Coalition

Credit Photo Courtesy of:
Access Fund photo, Newspaper Rock State Historical Monument, UT

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