Mystery Monolith Found In Utah Desert

Helicopter crew surveying bighorn sheep herds discovers large metal column rising from the desert. KSL's Andrew Adams reports.

(KSL/NBC News) — A mysterious metal monolith has been discovered in the Utah desert.

A Utah Department of Public Safety helicopter crew was assisting Utah Division of Wildlife Resource officers counting bighorn sheep Wednesday when they spotted something strange from above.

“One of the biologists is the one who spotted it and we just happened to fly directly over the top of it,” pilot Bret Hutchings says. “He was like, ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa, turn around, turn around!’ And I was like, ‘what.’ And he’s like, ‘There’s this thing back there – we’ve got to go look at it!’”

The crew circled back and landed the helicopter to take a closer look. They couldn’t believe their eyes.

Tucked in a red rock cove was a shiny metal monolith protruding from the ground.

“I’d say it’s probably between 10 and 12 feet-high,” Hutchings said. “We were kind of joking around that if one of us suddenly disappears, then the rest of us make a run for it.”

Hutchings said it didn’t look like it was dropped into the ground from above. It was firmly planted there.

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