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Prescott National Forest's missing Wizard Rock has been returned

Posted at 12:06 PM, Nov 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-01 16:33:02-04

PRESCOTT NATIONAL FOREST, AZ — Prescott National Forest’s famous giant boulder went missing several weeks ago, but it reappeared overnight.

Local residents reported the famous one-ton boulder missing in October. It is known as Wizard Rock and is black with white quartz running through it.

Forest officials say a forest employee was patrolling the Prescott Basin Friday morning when they discovered that Wizard Rock was back!

“We are thrilled the Wizard Rock was returned and are grateful that whoever took it was conscientious enough to give it back to the public," said Sarah Clawson, district ranger for the Bradshaw Ranger District.

Forest managers are considering moving the boulder to a different location.

Permits through Prescott National Forest are required to gather and remove most forest products, including rocks and minerals, firewood, plant and trees.