A group of local citizens called Friends of Grandstaff Canyon is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or people who stole the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) new trailhead signs at the entrance to Negro Bill Canyon.

The new “Grandstaff Trailhead” signs along state Route 128 near the trailhead’s parking lot were stolen in late September, just days after the BLM installed them. The damaged signs were subsequently found in the Colorado River.

BLM Moab Field Office Manager Lisa Bryant said that a Castle Valley resident first reported the theft at about 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29. The person said the signs were still in place around 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28.

The BLM spent more than $1,600 to install the signs as part of its broader effort to replace signage along the state Route 128 corridor.

The theft of the signs is a felony offense.

Anyone who may have any information about the theft is asked to contact the BLM at 435-259-2109.