An unexplained metal monolith was discovered in Utah's Red Rock Country, the Utah Department of Public Safety announced Monday.
In a statement shared on its website, the department said the structure was discovered by the DPS's Aero Bureau and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources on November 18, 2020 while on a mission to conduct a count of big horn sheep in a portion of southeastern Utah.
Photos of the monolith shared by the department show an approximately 10' metal column with 4 sides. The surface is shiny but doesn't appear to be reflective.
While on this mission, they spotted an unusual object and landed nearby to investigate further, the crew members found a metal monolith installed in the ground in a remote area of red rock, the statement read.
The statement added that there was:
No obvious indication of who installed the monolith but reminded the public that it is illegal to install structures or art without authorization on federally managed public lands, no matter what planet youíre from.
Weíre almost 100% sure this is an installation attempt of some kind, Utah Department of Public Safety spokesperson Lt. Nick Street said. Not an attempt, they successfully installed it in the Red Rock in southeastern Utah.
The exact location of the installation was not disclosed due to its remote area in an effort to stop individuals from attempting to locate it.
There is a significant possibility they may become stranded and require rescue, the statement warned.
The statement concluded that The Bureau of Land Management will determine if further investigation is needed.
Itís stainless steel. Itís put together with pop rivets, Street said. That kind of says it was definitely put together by humans. As far as the timeline, for all we know, it could have been placed there 50 or 60 years ago and because of the material itís made out of it hasnít weathered, it was meant not to. Itís definitely an interesting installation.
Red Rock is one of five hiking regions distinguished by the Utah Travel Industry. The area is southern Utah canyon country, which includes all five of Utah's national parks and many of its monuments and state parks.
The DPS warning to not attempt to locate the monolith comes about a month after a California woman who was missing for nearly two weeks at Zion National Park in Utah was found safely.
As of November 20, 2020, the DPS has reported that the monolith has vanished. They claim it wasn't because of them.
Another twist in this story, as of December 1, 2020:
It seems a similar object has been found in Romania.
A structure that appears to be identical to the one in the Utah desert was found on Batca Doamnei Hill in Romania on November 26. As was the case with the monolith found in Utah, it's not clear where this one came from and who installed it.