Hole in the Rock, located 12 miles outside Moab, UT, is a unique and quirky roadside attraction that the whole family will enjoy.
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You might know that Moab is famous for being the location of Arches National Park. But have you heard of “Hole in the Rock”? My family and I visited Hole in the Rock in late February 2021 during our visit to Arches National Park. I highly recommend visiting Arches National Park during the winter. It’s a great place to visit with your family, especially during the colder months when there are less visitors and it’s easy to get into the park.
What is Hole in the Rock?
Located 12 miles south of Moab, UT, Hole in the Rock is a unique roadside attraction. Built in the 1940’s and 50’s, it is now a 5000 square foot home, frozen in the 70’s. The home has been carved right out of the sandstone, complete with a kitchen, bedrooms, living area, a 65 foot chimney and a bathroom.
Address: 11037 South Hwy 191, Moab, UT 84532
Hours: Open Daily (except Christmas), 9am-5pm
What can I do at Hole in the Rock?
The most popular attraction at Hole in the Rock is the 12-minute tour of the home. You get to walk around the entire home, as you are told interesting facts about it and the family who lived there until 1974. There is a fee for the tour.
Open during the warmer months, you can feed a variety of animals. Entry to the petting zoo is a separate charge from the tour.
Sculptures and Artifacts
You can walk around the area next to the parking lot where you will see a variety of sculptures and other artifacts. The original owners of the home, Albert and Gladys Christensen, are buried here as well and you can visit their grave site.
Gift Shop and General Store
The gift shop is adjacent to the home and has a variety of souvenirs to remember your time at Hole in the Rock. The general store is east of the parking lot and offers food, drinks and other souvenirs.
How much does it cost?
The tour costs about $7 for adults and $5 for kids. The petting zoo is not included in the cost of the tour. Tickets cannot be purchased online ahead of time.
How long should I plan to visit?
It really is going to depend on the time of year that you visit. During peak season (March-May, September-October), Hole in the Rock can see as many as 500 visitors in a day. Obviously this would translate to longer wait times if you want to do the tour or visit the petting zoo. At the time of our visit, there was one other family visiting. In all, we were there for about an hour.
Can I take pictures?
You may notice there aren’t any pictures in the post of the house aka “Hole in the Rock”. You are welcome to take pictures of the outside of Hole in the Rock and anything else on the grounds. However, you are not allowed to take pictures or video during the tour of the home. This is basically to ensure that the tour remains something that people will come and pay to see instead of viewing it in someone else’s video. You can go to the Hole in the Rock website and see a few pictures of the interior and grounds but seeing it in person is much more interesting.
Are there bathrooms?
Yes. The bathrooms are behind the General Store. They were clean and well-kept at the time of our visit (February 2021).
Is Hole in the Rock worth the stop?
In short, the answer is yes. If you like quirky and unique attractions, learning about history or even just a good stretch after being the in car, Hole in the Rock is worth the stop. While the price of the tour may not be worth it (I’ll let you decide), it is an interesting experience.
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