Roll away the stone: Spirit Rock mysteriously disappears |

Roll away the stone: Spirit Rock mysteriously disappears

It’s big, it’s heavy and it’s gone. Glenwood Springs High School’s famed Spirit Rock has disappeared!

No one seems to know where the giant boulder is, but a few facts may lead to its recovery. For one, this week is the high school’s homecoming (read: prank time).

High School principal Mike Wells said that Spirit Rock has been known to “take off,” as it were, during past homecomings, mysteriously re-appearing in unlikely places – like “the Colorado River, the bottom of Red Canyon and at a variety of homecoming events.”

The Spirit Rock sits at the entrance to the school’s student parking lot, and is a well-loved and well-traveled piece of local high school lore.

It has layers of paint on it, painted over and over on a regular basis by students and alumnae announcing which class rules, which class doesn’t and the like. During homecomings, the rock is often removed and hidden somewhere.

The captors have one thing in common: They’re willing to orchestrate moving a huge, earthbound piece of stone, no small

feat, in order to keep the rock-stealing tradition alive and kicking.

An anonymous phone call to the Glenwood Springs Post Independent Thursday from a mystery source gave some new insight to the whereabouts of the rock – but should the source be trusted? We’re not certain, but this is what the source divulged.

The source – a female known only as Betty – said she and a friend were “just driving around” on Tuesday night between 10:30 and 11 p.m. when they noticed a bunch of people in the high school parking lot. They also noticed a dump truck with a trailer behind it and a forklift of some kind. Betty said it looked like there were “maybe 10 people there,” though she couldn’t make out any faces.

Betty and her friend drove by the scene twice and were so intrigued with the spectacle they decided to get Betty’s camera, in her car at the 7-11 on Grand Avenue, so they could take some photos of the theft-in-action.

By the time the two got back, the captors had loaded the rock onto the trailer and covered it with a big tarp, securing it with ropes. As the unknown thieves pulled out of the parking lot, their precious cargo in tow, Betty decided to follow the crew, snapping photos along the way.

“They headed to West Glenwood,” she said, “and went up Donegan Road.”

The farther the rock hounds went into the darkness, the more anxious Betty and her friend became. She started feeling like the rock’s captors knew she was following them.

“I think they might have seen the flash on my camera,” she said. “I felt we should turn around and get out of there.”

Betty thinks she knows who took the rock, but she’s keeping mum.

“I don’t want to say, and I don’t want anyone to know my name,” she said. “I don’t want to get in trouble. I don’t know what they’ll do.”

Past Spirit Rock thieves have no history of being scary and menacing, but there’s ample evidence that they’re clever, conniving, and fond of a good solid caper.

This newspaper will stay on top of this story, leaving no stone unturned. In the meantime, keep your eyes open.

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