National parks across the country are facing an epidemic of vandalism. Graffiti taggers have apparently moved past their typical urban canvasses and have started to target Mother Nature's constructions. This list is full of the worst wilderness vandalism stories. The crimes range from polluting, to spray painting, to bombing. Yes, you read that right—bombing.Wilderness vandals can face hefty fines and even jail time. Some of the people on this list were identified, but some of their identities remain a mystery. If you happen to know who is responsible for any of this wilderness graffiti, the Bureau of Land Management would love to hear from you.
The Racetrack Playa is a dry lake in the northwestern corner of Death Valley. The area is home to the famous sailing rocks, which move across the Racetrack leaving trails behind them, like racetrack tire marks (hence the name).
On September 18, 2016, nature photographer Kurt Lawson posted photos of car tire tracks all over the racetrack, a protected place with large signs explicitly stating the playa if off limits to vehicles and pets. Based on the photos, there seem to have been multiple vehicles at the Racetrack, one of which drove all the way across the playa, another of which did donuts around a famous rock structure in the center of area. In addition to the tracks, Lawson found the initials "DK" carved into a sailing stones.