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Southern Utah's Cobra rock formation topples

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 5, 2014 at 7:14 am •  Published: August 5, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A towering red sandstone formation prized by rock climbers has fallen in southern Utah.

It was known as The Cobra, carved by wind and rain into a snaking ascent with a flat top.

Officials don't know when the rock fell on public lands near Moab, Bureau of Land Management spokeswoman Megan Crandall said.

"It's sad and it's unfortunate," she said, recounting that officials have kept in mind that "those same forces that made it eventually would contribute to its demise," she told the Associated Press.

They believe the structure tumbled in a series of storms last week. No one reported seeing the collapse and no injuries were reported.

The formation was open to climbers and hikers until it broke from its narrow base. One of many nearby hoodoos, or sandstone pillars, it was considered safe and not in immediate danger of toppling.

"It wasn't like it was teetering or tottering or anything like that," Crandall said.

Moab-based climber Lisa Hathaway has scaled the formation several times, she told the Salt Lake Tribune.

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