Mythical Jim Morrison cave closed over Doors-inspired graffiti

 Corral Canyon Cave, better known by the misleading moniker "Jim Morrison Cave," was was closed to the public until further notice. Large crowds have shown up on a daily basis to see the often vandalized cave and add to the vandalism with graffiti of their own.
Corral Canyon Cave, better known by the misleading moniker "Jim Morrison Cave," was was closed to the public until further notice. Large crowds have shown up on a daily basis to see the often vandalized cave and add to the vandalism with graffiti of their own.

LOS ANGELES — As the Doors song goes, this is the end.

Fans of the band who have marked up a scenic cave on the California coast with psychedelic graffiti will have to find another place to spray out their love for frontman Jim Morrison. The cave has closed indefinitely for cleanup.

The trend began with a social media myth that the singer wrote songs in Corral Canyon Cave in Malibu Creek State Park.

It was always a popular hiking spot for nature lovers seeking sweeping views of the surrounding scenery. Though there has always been some vandalism, it has spiraled out of control in the past year.

The problem is the combination of tags and hashtags as people put pictures of the "Jim Morrison cave" on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

"It exploded over last summer, and graffiti has been increasing ever since," California State Parks District Superintendent Craig Sap told the Los Angeles Times. "People are posting pictures of the cave 30 or 40 times a day."

The cave looks almost tie-dyed with multicolored swirls inside and out. Doors lyrics such as "Love me 2 times" and "Try to set the night on fire" are scrawled on its walls. There are also declarations like "Use your third eye" and "Try LSD," along with more crude tags.

"We come in, and we hear shaking cans," Supervising Ranger Lindsey Templeton said. "It's like fish in a barrel."

The closed cave will be blasted with walnut shells, which will clean off the graffiti without damaging the rock walls. The cleanup will cost $40,000, and there's no word on when hikers can return.

It's a misdemeanor and a $400 fine to go to the cave and a felony to spray-paint on it.