One of the most disturbing trends experienced at Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas, is the increase in malicious and intentional damage, specifically graffiti applied to cliff faces and boulders in the national conservation area.
Vandals spray painted graffiti over Native American rock art panels that were over 1,000 years old. The cost to restore the panels approached thirty thousand dollars and was paid for by generous donations from corporate donors and private individuals.
The rock art (mainly pictographs) is probably late prehistoric to historic (e.g. ranging in time from about A.D. 1000 to possibly as late as the eighteen hundreds) and was made by the known prehistoric archaeological cultures that lived in the area such as the Virgin Anasazi, ancestral Paiute and the Lower Coloradoan River groups.
Here is a YouTube video update of this graffiti removal effort within Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas, Nevada.
You can help us remove graffiti from Red Rock in several ways:
· Become a member of Friends of Red Rock Canyon to support our ongoing efforts at preserving and protecting this very special place.
· You can also join our Graffiti Removal Team and become a part of our work to keep Red Rock Canyon a graffiti free zone. Additional volunteers are being trained to remove graffiti and will be working hard to restore the park to its natural beauty. We are working with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to compile an inventory of graffiti damage and will schedule volunteer workdays to remove the damage.
· Send your vandalism photos and the GPS location (use UTM NAD 83 if possible) to: firstname.lastname@example.org
· Report graffiti to the BLM’s Law Enforcement Officers at 702-293-8932. Do not confront anyone you see or suspect of this crime but do note details to provide to the officers.
· Please DONATE NOW. Send your tax-deductible donation to Friends of Red Rock Canyon PO Box 97 Blue Diamond, NV 89004 or donate through Friends' PayPal account.