Boy Scout leaders could face charges for toppling ancient rock formation


Green River, UT — Two Utah men have come under scrutiny by the public, and possibly by prosecutors, after an online video made the rounds showing them pushing over an iconic rock formation.

The men were visiting Goblin Valley State Park last week when they said they noticed a precariously perched boulder that was loose and worried it would fall on someone. The delicate “goblin” formation, also known as a “hoodoo,” is one of many that gives the park its name.

What followed was a video showing the men joking and laughing as Glenn Taylor, of Highland, topples the rock, narrated by cameraman Dave Hall, who says lives have been saved. A third man, identified as Taylor’s son, watches.

“In hindsight, the smart thing for us would have been for us to say, ‘Dave, stay here. I’ll run and get a ranger,’” Taylor said. “I mean, this rock was sitting in a 3-by-1/2 inch ledge.”

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