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DPS Aero Bureau Encounters Monolith in Red Rock Country

Monday November 23, 2020

UPDATE: 11/30/20

Read the full statement here: https://www.blm.gov/press-release/illegally-installed-structure-taken-blm-public-lands-over-thanksgiving-weekend


On November 18, 2020, the Utah Department of Public Safety Aero Bureau was working with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to conduct a count of big horn sheep in a portion of southeastern Utah.

While on this mission, they spotted an unusual object and landed nearby to investigate further.

The crew members found a metal monolith installed in the ground in a remote area of red rock.

The crew said there was no obvious indication of who might have put the monolith there.

The exact location of the installation is not being disclosed since it is in a very remote area and if individuals were to attempt to visit the area, there is a significant possibility they may become stranded and require rescue. We are encouraging anyone who knows the location of the monolith to not attempt to visit it due to road conditions.

UPDATED 11/24/20: Official Statement from the Bureau of Land Management: “Although we can’t comment on active investigations, the Bureau of Land Management would like to remind public land visitors that using, occupying, or developing the public lands or their resources without a required authorization is illegal, no matter what planet you are from.”

Photos and Videos – credit Utah Department of Public Safety

A crew member from the DPS Aero Bureau mission stands next to the metal monolith implanted in the ground in red rock.
Two crew members - one standing on the other's shoulders - from the DPS Aero Bureau mission stands next to the metal monolith implanted in the ground in red rock.
A crew member from the DPS Aero Bureau mission stands next to the metal monolith implanted in the ground in red rock.

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