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Kanab, Utah: Mysterious Concrete Totem Pole (Gone)

A gated campground harbored an endangered snail and a 20-foot-tall concrete totem pole that looked like it was cast by the Aztecs.

On the west side of US Hwy 89 a half-mile north of Moqui Cave. There's a pull-off next to the highway and a gated fence; the totem pole is right behind it. Much easier to see driving south than north.
April 2021: Reported gone.

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Mysterious Concrete Totem Pole

It's a shame, but the totem pole is no longer there. Vandals ruined it. You have to have written permission to look.

[Debbie, 04/20/2021]

All that remains of the pole appears to be its internal support post and a disembodied head.

Mysterious carving.

Native American Sculpture

Two statues carved out of rock; one is intact, and one is partially destroyed. This is on private property. You can't get real close to the statues, but there is a small parking space in front of them.

[Amy Montgomery, 06/29/2017]

Totem pole.

Concrete Totem Pole

A half-mile north of Moqui Cave, on the west side of Highway 89, is the fenced-off remains of campground. Inside the fence is a 20-foot-tall dyed concrete totem pole that looks more Aztec than Pacific Northwest.

A humble snail is what doomed the park. The Kanab Amber Snail is an endangered species that inhabits the pond on the property. Utah Fish and Game told the owners that they had to kill some geese that someone had dumped there and send them the contents of their stomachs. If they found snail remains, the owners were to be subject to some large fines. However, when Utah Fish and Game showed up to do the deed, they decided not to due to all the media that had shown up to document the slaughter. It was later determined that the geese posed no threat to the snails and they were spared. As far as I know the snails and geese are still happily coexisting.

The area is fenced off and the totem pole is easy to miss against the red rock background. You can park and look, but it will be pretty hard to see at night.

[Phrank Phester, 04/20/2013]

We are hugely confused.

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