Rock art west of Utah Lake being inadvertently damaged by target shooters

Apr 10, 2018, 6:32 PM | Updated: 9:57 pm

SARATOGA SPRINGS, Utah – A grass roots effort has been underway west of Utah Lake to protect ancient rock art that is unknowingly being destroyed by target shooting. 

“People don’t know or haven’t been told the rock art is here.”


Target shooting west of Utah Lake has damaged signs warning people they are on federal lands

As target shooters have been forced south in recent years, due to closures related to safety concerns, many are now firing their guns where Fremont Indians are believed to have left their mark hundreds of years ago, according to Steve Acerson who leads the Utah Rock Art Research Association.

While it is perfectly legal for target shooters to be in many of these locations, using a rock as a target has proved to be damaging to history. 


“This rock art is not like the big panels down in southeastern Utah, where you have hundreds of images on one face. Out here on Lake Mountain and in Utah County, the rock art is just on a boulder, one rock, two or three images – and people don’t know or haven’t been told the rock art is here,” he said.


Rock art west of Utah Lake.

The last couple of weekends, Acerson and others have come out to the sensitive areas to keep target shooters away.


An environmental assessment was submitted and being reviewed by the BLM that could close the areas where rock art has been identified, but Acerson said the process is moving slowly.


“Every day that [it’s] not signed, the rock art is being lost and destroyed,” he said.


Signs informing people about the rock art and even notices from the Utah County Sheriff’s Office that the area is closed to target shooting, have not always worked.


Rock art west of Utah Lake.

“We all love knowing about our roots and we get involved in finding our ancestry and it seems like this would be just as important to a lot of people,” said Diana Acerson, who was also supporting the effort to preserve the rock art.


Progress was being made on the construction of a new Utah County shooting range, west of State Road 68, near mile marker 18, where people will be able to enjoy shooting their guns in a designated place in the near future.


Until then, Acerson hopes target shooters will become aware of what could be in their line of fire and is doing his best with other rock art enthusiasts, to save this history for the future.


“I think by educating people we will be able to curb this and have them preserved,” he said.


RELATED LINK:  urara.wildapricot.org

Steve Acerson with the Utah Rock Art Research Association points out rock art from native ancient inhabitants west of Utah Lake.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

Kevin Linford (Facebook)...
Andrew Adams

Additional sex charges filed against Utah businessman; prosecutors fear more victims possible

A man accused of sexually abusing multiple women at a party in Davis County last summer now faces new charges in Salt Lake County. 
1 day ago
(Jackson Grimm/KSL TV)...
Debbie Worthen

Avalanches are bigger, more dangerous than past seasons in Utah

Utah gets hundreds of avalanches every year, but this year, those numbers are higher, and the slides themselves are becoming bigger and more dangerous.
1 day ago
Logan Stefanich

Alpine School District exploring potential closure of 5 elementary schools

The doors of five elementary schools in Alpine School District may be closing for good at the end of the school year due to seismic concerns.
1 day ago
(FILE) Salt Lake City Police car responding to a scene....
Madison Swenson

Man arrested after stealing thousands of dollars in merchandise from SLC airport store

A 30-year-old man accused of stealing nearly $4,100 worth of merchandise from a store inside the Salt Lake City International Airport has been arrested.
1 day ago
(KSL TV)...
Madison Swenson

West Valley City home heavily damaged by fire

A West Valley City home suffered significant damage Tuesday after a fire broke out in the kitchen.
1 day ago
(Utah County Sheriff's Office K-9 Team/Facebook)...
Cary Schwanitz and Madison Swenson

Utah County Sheriff’s Office mourning loss of retired K-9

The Utah County Sheriff’s Office is honoring a retired K-9 who died Monday.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Stack of old laptops with dark background...
PC Laptops

Old Laptop Upgrades You Need to Try Before Throwing it Away

Get the most out of your investment. Try these old laptop upgrades before throwing it out to keep it running fast and efficient.
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to Choose What MBA Program is Right for You: Take this Quiz Before You Apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Close up of an offset printing machine during production...
Les Olson IT

Top 7 Reasons to Add a Production Printer to Your Business

Learn about the different digital production printers and how they can help your company save time and money.
vintage photo of lighting showroom featuring chandeliers, lamps, wall lights and mirrors...
Lighting Design

History of Lighting Design | Over 25 Years of Providing Utah With the Latest Trends and Styles

Read about the history of Lighting Design, a family-owned and operated business that paved the way for the lighting industry in Utah.
Fiber Optical cables connected to an optic ports and Network cables connected to ethernet ports...
Brian Huston, CE and Anthony Perkins, BICSI

Why Every Business Needs a Structured Cabling System

A structured cabling system benefits businesses by giving you faster processing speeds and making your network more efficient and reliable.
notebook with password notes highlighted...
PC Laptops

How to Create Strong Passwords You Can Actually Remember

Learn how you can create strong passwords that are actually easy to remember! In a short time you can create new ones in seconds.
Rock art west of Utah Lake being inadvertently damaged by target shooters