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Utah Rock Art Research Association

Rock Art Site Visitation Ethics

URARA members agree to observe the following standards of conduct:

  1. Don't touch, in any way, the rock art or surfaces around it. The oils in your skin may cause damage to rock art. Don't apply any substance to the rock art surface, including water or any other fluids. Don't trace images with sticks, stones, chalk, or other substances.
  2. Don't attempt to remove graffiti, chalking, lichen, bird droppings, or anything else from rock art.
  3. Don't collect or disturb artifacts or features at a rock art site. It is acceptable to pick up surface artifacts, examine and enjoy them, or make sketches or take photos of them, as long as they're returned to the place where found, and no damage is done to the artifact.
  4. Don't remove soil to expose subsurface rock art or archeology.
  5. Minimize the number of vehicles going to a site. Stay on existing roads and trails. Do not "pioneer" vehicle trails or parking areas. Avoid disturbing rocks, vegetation, or macrobiotic soil crusts.
  6. Don't camp or build fires within one-quarter mile of a rock art site, even if the landowner or public land manager permits camping.
  7. Don't allow children, pets, or inattentive people to behave carelessly around rock art sites. Kicking up dust or dislodging rocks can cause damage to the site.
  8. Speak out when needed to prevent damage to rock art. Report new rock art destruction, charcoal near the site, or site vandalism.
  9. Please remember that living people may consider these sites sacred.
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