Tucked away deep into the Utah desert and wilderness stands a tall metal structure or monolith. Sticking out like a sore thumb among the red desert rock, scientists are scratching their heads wondering how it arrived there.
The monolith was discovered by the Utah Department of Public Safety Aero Bureau (DPS), who was working with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources as they tried to count big horn sheep in the area.
As they flew above the region in a helicopter, one of the biologists on board noticed the strange metal object, causing the team to further investigate it.
"One of the biologists is the one who spotted it and we just happened to fly directly over the top of it," pilot Bret Hutchings, who flew the helicopter over the site, told local news station KSLTV.
"He was like, ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa, turn around, turn around!'" Hutchings added. "And I was like, ‘what.’ And he’s like, ‘There’s this thing back there – we’ve got to go look at it!'"
Little did they know they'd stumble upon an inexplicable 10 to 12 foot (3 to 3.5 meter) high metal monolith, CNN reports.
There are no clear indications as to how or why the structure was placed in this remote area surrounded by red rock.
The team decided not to share the exact location of the structure, only that it was in southeastern Utah. The worry is that curious people would try and reach it to check it out themselves, but as it's so remote there would be the possibility of becoming stranded and require rescue, explained the DPS.
Installing such structures, for art and whatnot, is illegal without prior federal authorization on federally managed public lands — although it would be easy enough to do so in such a far-fetched region.
Could it be the work of UFO's, or is it simply a little human artistic flair? Further investigations will be carried out by the Bureau of Land Management, to see if they can get to the bottom of this monolith mystery.