Hole in the Rock, Moab, Utah ~ Travel Tuesday

While driving on U. S. Highway 191 just 12 miles outside of Moab, Utah on our way to Durango, Colorado, we couldn’t help but notice this huge rock that said, “Hole in the Rock”.

We thought, “Hmmmmm, what is that?” but kept on driving. We had no idea of the history that we just drove right on by!

On our way back from Durango, Colorado to Park City, Utah, coming from the other direction, we noticed a few cars parked and thought that we should stop and check this place out.

We discovered that this hole in the rock was actually a 5,000 square foot home with 14 rooms which were supported by just three rock pillars.  Albert Christensen started blasting this rock into a home in 1945.

In 1952, Albert and his wife, Gladys, moved in.

We weren’t allowed to take pictures while we took the 12 minute tour inside of the home, but you can read about the history of this home here and take a look inside of this home here.

You can read about Albert’s love for his donkey here.

On the property, we noticed antique metal decorations and antique license plates.

I am not quite sure what this is. Can someone help me out and tell me what this is?

Albert Christensen had a great fondness and admiration for Franklin D. Roosevelt. FDR was his hero. You can read more about Mr. Christensen and the history of Albert’s time and his own personal experiences here.

To our surprise, there is also an exotic zoo on the property.

Lori must have just tweeted as we drove up.

When we arrived they told us that Noel, the alpaca,  just had her baby less than an hour before our arrival.

Yes, you can feed the animals!

Albert Christensen passed away in 1957.  The home was not yet complete. His wife, Gladys, continued to support her husband’s wishes and maintained the property and continued to add to the property. One of the things that she built herself was a working bathtub.

Gladys also opened the gift shop and gave tours of her home until she passed away in 1974.   She also opened a diner using their working kitchen where she worked for 17 years.  Gladys and Albert are both laid to rest in this small cove within the rock in the rear area just outside of their home.

You can learn more about the Hole in the Rock by visiting their official website here.

Like ‘Hole in the Rock’ on Facebook here.

Follow ‘Hole in the Rock on Twitter here.

Telephone Number:  (435) 686-2250

All Photos (c) Amy Hutchison or Teresa Olvera ~ Please do not use without permission.

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  1. My dream is to someday travel the country by car and randomly stop at odd tourist attractions like these. For some reason, you find a lot of them in the Southwest. Maybe that’s why I love to visit there!

    The doors with the moons are outhouses. The “Mine Boss” goes on top and supposedly does his business on the regular “Miners” below. I think it’s supposed to make you chuckle.

    Off to check out pictures of the inside!

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