Enchanted Rock victim to graffiti art in three spots

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area was recently the site of more vandalism after graffiti was sprayed on rocks near the summit.

The incident was first reported on Feb. 25, according to Park Superintendent Doug Cochran. He estimated that it occurred two to three days prior.

“We are researching natural resource products to use that are environmentally sound, because we don’t want to harm the environment,” Cochran said.

Depending which product was used will determine how long the clean-up efforts will take.

“It could be done in a few days. It just depends what type of paint was used to damage the rock, how invasive it is and how much soaked into the rock,” he said.

The investigation is ongoing and park staff is relying on social media and the public to help identify the suspect.

Clean-up efforts are being organized and funded by the Friends of Enchanted Rock Group.

“Because it’s a state natural area, the goal is to preserve the rock,” Friends of Enchanted Rock president Robert Deming said. ‘You have to be picky when you use chemicals to remove stuff like that. You can’t just paint over it.”

In March 2016, a similar incident occurred.

The images were posted to social media and park staff found names on the rocks.

“We put it out and it quickly got attention as the signatures of the names were recognized,” Deming said.

Cochran does not anticipate the issue affecting Spring Break visitors in the next few weeks.

To help fund or clean the rock, contact Cochran at 830-685-3030.

To report any issue at the rock, contact a park ranger in person or call 830-685-3636.

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