Shoe Arch Destroyed by Vandalism
before: October 31, 2006 after: January 2, 2008
from the trail
looking westward from the Blue Ridge Trail
from the trail
looking westward from the Blue Ridge Trail
close-up
close-up view of the Shoe Arch
close-up
close-up — note the rubble on the ground
Not By Natural Causes
rubble
The rubble was formed by breaking rocks apart.
from the trail
A natural collapse would have left some parts standing.

I have taken the following steps:
1.  Removed all specific information about arches (name, picture, location) from my Goldfield Mountains web site.
2.  Reported this crime to the Tonto National Forest investigator of the Mesa ranger district, and promised my full cooperation.

You can help!

When did you last see the Shoe Arch? I last saw it on February 17, 2007.
When did you find out that the arch was gone?

If you come across any information that could lead to the arrest of the perpetrators of this crime, please notify Robin Thies of the Tonto National Forest at the Mesa Ranger Station, (480) 610-3300.
January 15, 2008