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Canyonlands Theft

Good afternoon.

Law enforcement park rangers at Canyonlands National Park are seeking information from the public to help identify suspects involved in an archeological theft incident. Please see full release below, or online at

Thank you,

Karen Garthwait | she/her

Acting Public Affairs Specialist

Interpretive Media & Volunteers

Arches & Canyonlands National Parks

(435) 260-0713 (c) / (435) 719-2142 (desk)

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Southeast Utah Group News Release




Release Date:   May 15, 2024

Contact:           Karen Garthwait, 435-260-0713


National Park Service officials seek help from the public on archeological theft incident at Canyonlands National Park


Moab, Utah—Law enforcement park rangers at Canyonlands National Park are seeking information from the public to help identify suspects involved in an archeological theft incident at Cave Spring Cowboy Camp in the Needles district of the park.

In a video recorded at the archeological site, the individuals entered a signed-as-closed area, removed artifacts from a cabinet, and handled historic harnesses in a manner that had potential to damage them.


Information from visitors is very helpful to investigators. Law enforcement park rangers are asking the public for help. If you were in the area of Cave Spring Cowboy Camp at approximately 5:30 p.m. on March 23, 2024, or if you have information that could help identify the suspects, please contact investigators. Tips can be anonymous:


National parks are some of the most special, treasured, and protected areas of our country. To protect their natural and cultural resources for this and future generations, all visitors to national parks are expected to follow park laws and regulations and practice Leave No Trace principles to minimize their impact on park lands.


This incident remains under investigation and no additional information is available at this time.


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