Ranger Encourages Destroying Rock Cairns

There’s a good chance you’ve seen a rock cairn in the wild. If not, there’s a good chance you’ve seen pictures of them.

However, these rock markers have become such a hot topic that a National Park Service (NPS) ranger’s video about them went viral.

Yosemite National Park recently shared a video on their official Facebook page. The footage showed an NPS official knocking over a rock cairn.

Yosemite Ranger Destroys Rock Cairn

The post shared how these rock structures violate Leave No Trace ethics and can have negative impacts.

According to Yosemite National Park, they’re encouraging visitors to knock over these rock cairns when they see them.

Encourages You to Do the Same

They see these as nuisances. However, we recommend that you proceed with caution when knocking them over.

Rock cairns are stacks or piles of rocks created for various purposes. Some of the most common uses are for navigational aids, memorials, and religious symbols.

What Are Rock Cairns?

However, some creative people take the opportunity to build them as expressions of art. These artists stack these rocks as tall as possible and photograph them on social media.

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