State officials were flying over southeastern Utah looking for sheep as a part of a routine task.
The structure, estimated at between 10ft and 12ft high appears to be planted in the ground.
Imposing black monoliths created by an unseen alien species appear in the movie, based on the writing of novelist Arthur C Clarke. The wildlife crew noticed the monolith sticking up out of a rock and landed the helicopter to investigate.
They started taking in suggestions and one person said the monolith may have "fell off the UFO we've been seeing in Ogden lately".
Red Rock is one of five hiking regions distinguished by the Utah Travel Industry. It's in a remote area - and if attempt to visit it, "there is a significant possibility they may become stranded and require rescue", the department said in its statement.
While we don't know too much about what this object is or who put it there, this is a genuine image of a surprising discovery. Although they considered whether it could be part of some scientific experiment, they ultimately decided "it didn't appear there was any scientific goal to it".
'We were wondering, is this NASA stuck there or something? "Are they bouncing satellites off it or something?"
Either way, Hutchings admitted it was "about the strangest thing I've come across out there, in all my years of flying". The big horn sheep wildlife officials were counting are native to many parts of southern Utah, where the terrain is rugged. The DPS is backing the alien hypothesis on social media, though they're clearly doing it in jest. "Can someone please press it quickly?" joked one Instagram user.
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The U.S. military has slowly released videos over the past few years of unexplained aerial phenomena recorded by Air Force pilots.
The world was enraptured by the discovery of Stonehenge in 1901, a prehistoric structure of monoliths in the United Kingdom, but a new monolith in the U.S. might be more intriguing.
Hutchings said the object is likely manmade.
The Bureau of Land Management will decide if further investigation of the monolith is needed. But there's definitely a story behind it that we'd like to hear.
Look, this is fun, but if SpaceX astronauts suddenly find another one of these in orbit en route to the International Space Station, I am officially freaking out. "No matter what planet you're from".