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Wandering Boulder Overview
Our Mission

Today, March 3, 2014, 129 years after the founding of the Junction (now Fruita in Capitol Reef National Park), is completing a major launch. The site's mission is simple: to tell the story of the Wandering Boulder of Capitol Reef and its rediscovery in 2010 by amateur archaeologist Ronald Bodtcher.

The site's main function is the free Wandering Boulder search engine or "Boulder Finder." Visitors can search for answers questions about the boulder or find out how to visit the boulder. Each section of the Wandering Boulder website describes in detail a scientific or historical aspect of the boulder.

Our History

The Wandering Boulder of Capitol Reef was first documented and photographed by amateur archaeologist Noel Morss in 1928. It was rediscovered by amateur archaeologist Ronald Bodtcher in 2010 after it was missing for more than 50 years. The Wandering Boulder website is being launched in an effort to provide the public with accurate, online access to geological, archaeological and historical information about the boulder.

Prior to the launch of, persons wanting help and information about the boulder had to spend hours and days, searching through a confusing web of sites, often unsuccessfully. National Park materials on the subject were (and still are) inaccurate and incomplete. There was no easy-to-use, single source of information to help everyone understand the origins and significance of the boulder.

With the advent of Wandering Boulder's free help and information, people are able to quickly and successfully find the information they want to get the help they need.

Our Management and Partners organizes and links to websites and organizations that provide information to individuals who are serious students and researchers. We are continuously expanding and improving our value to citizens and non-profit agencies, saving taxpayer money while improving the dissemination of accurate information.

Are you a Wandering Boulder Advocate or Partner, or are you interested in becoming one? Please visit the Wandering Boulder Help Community page for additional information.

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