'How Did It Get Up There?': New 'Mysterious' Monolith Found in Nevada Desert

The Las Vegas Police Department confirmed that the monolith was found along a popular hiking trail over the weekend

<p>The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department/Facebook</p> Las Vegas Monolith

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department/Facebook

Las Vegas Monolith

A mirrored monolith was just spotted in the desert, and Las Vegas police have no idea how it got there.

In a post on Facebook that was shared on June 17, the Las Vegas Police Department confirmed that a monolith had been found along a popular hiking trail. “We see a lot of weird things when people go hiking like not being prepared for the weather, not bringing enough water... but check this out!,” police said.

“Over the weekend, Las Vegas Metro Search and Rescue spotted this mysterious monolith near Gass Peak north of the valley. HOW did it get up there??,” the post continued accompanied by two photos of the large reflective object.

Police went on to encourage hikers to stay safe while hiking.

With a summit of almost 7,000 feet, the Gass Peak hiking trail is the highest peak in Las Vegas and is about 20 miles from the north of the city, according to CBS News.

<p>The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department/Facebook</p> Las Vegas Monolith

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department/Facebook

Las Vegas Monolith

Of course, this hasn't been the only mysterious monolith sighting in recent years.

Back in March, a hiker across the pond stumbled upon a silver monolith in Wales and back in 2020 a number of structures popped up around the globe. That November, the sudden appearance of a monolith in Utah set off a frenzy — even though the Utah Department of Public Safety Aero Bureau didn't reveal its exact location at the time.

Still, that didn’t stop “a relatively large number of people” from tracking it down.

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Shortly after it was found, the illegally placed structure, which prompted social media conspiracy theories that it’d been placed by aliens, was removed — but not by the Bureau of Land Management.

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“The BLM did not remove the structure which is considered private property,” the department said in a statement. “The structure has received international and national attention and we received reports that a person or group removed it on the evening of Nov. 27.”

“We recognize the incredible interest the ‘monolith’ has generated world-wide. Many people have been enjoying the mystery and view it as a welcome distraction from the 2020 news cycle,” Monticello Field Manager Amber Denton Johnson said in a statement at the time.

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The group that took credit for its removal told CNN in a statement at the time that "there are clear precedents for how we share and standardize the use of our public lands, natural wildlife, native plants, fresh water sources, and human impacts upon them."

They added, "The mystery was the infatuation, and we want to use this time to unite people behind the real issues here — we are losing our public lands — things like this don't help."

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