Goblin Valley monsters

People across the country have some new villains to despise — and these guys happen to be Boy Scout leaders.

Earlier this month, Glen Taylor of Highland, Utah, intentionally pushed over one of the precariously perched rocks in Utah’s Goblin Valley State Park while his friend and fellow Boy Scout leader, Dave Hall, shot video.

Facing possible criminal charges, fines from the state and sanctions from the Boy Scouts, the two men now claim their action was intended to save lives because they feared the large rock could topple over on its own and injure or kill somebody.

But when you watch the video Hall shot of Taylor’s exploits, it doesn’t look like a life-saving action. It appears to be little more than mindless vandalism of a 170-million-year-old natural resource. The cheering and high-fiving that follow the destruction, as well as the snarky message that “Goblin Valley has just been rearranged,” don’t seem like the actions of those primarily interested in safety.

Furthermore, even if safety truly was their intent, they should have voiced their concerns to park officials, as even they now admit, not take action on their own.

Beyond that, they were in a park whose beauty and reason for special protection is the fact that its thousands of red-rock structures seem to defy gravity, with countless rocks apparently ready to fall. But for the Taylors and Halls of the world, it seems the state of Utah would be better bulldozing the unique formations, thereby eliminating any natural threats.

We hope they are prosecuted for their action and fined by the state. They should also be drummed out of the Boy Scouts, an organization that stresses protection of our natural resources. And, they deserve the ridicule and contempt of all those interested in protecting the West’s unique resources.


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