Malibu's 'Jim Morrison Cave' Closed Due To Excessive Graffiti & Trash

Jim Morrison Cave in Malibu
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THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN BY JULIET BENNETT RYLAH AND PUBLISHED BY LAIST ON MAY 5, 2016.

Corral Canyon Cave in Malibu is so plagued with graffitiing Jim Morrison fans that it's been closed to the public.

The cave was popular with hikers as a place to get a great view of Malibu Creek State Park, according to the L.A. Times. However, a surge in tourism happened after a rumor spread, largely via the Internet, that Doors frontman Jim Morrison had used the cave to write his songs. Since then, a deluge of visitors have been hiking up to the cave.

Craig Sap, district superintendent for the Angeles District of California State Parks, told KPCC that in the last several months, it's been a constant stream of 100 or so people a day stopping by. And the graffiti got even worse after someone painted the entire inside of the cave a bright pink color, leading to a number of vandals covering up old Native American cave paintings with Doors lyrics and trippy drawings.

"It's a creative outlet for them. Unfortunately, it's a destructive creative outlet," Sap said.

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