U.S. Highway 191 on your way to or from Arches and Canyonlands
National parks near Moab, Utah, is a treat to the senses.
You drive down a corridor lined with implacable red rock
walls painted with streaks of desert varnish. Ancient cottonwoods
grow in the valley washes and the fragrance of pine and sagebrush
float through the air.
In the mist of this wonder is another kind of miracle: A 5000
square foot home blasted and carved out of solid Entrada sandstone.
Inside the home, built by Albert and Gladys Christensen are
14 rooms arranged around huge pillars. This is cave living
at it’s finest! A fireplace with a 65 foot chimney drilled
through solid sandstone, carpeted floors, and a deep bathtub
built into the rock delight visitors to this unusual desert
home. Period antiques, a doll collection, Albert’s art,
Gladys lapidary and the couple’s pet donkey remain in
the house as it was after Gladys’ death in 1974.
labor of love, Albert and his brothers excavated 50,000 cubic
feet of sandstone from the rock over a 12 year period. They
originally opened as the Hole N’ The Rock Diner during
the uranium boom, the home’s kitchen is a study of colors
and form of the 1950’s. After Albert’s death in
1957, Gladys continued to develop the property into the unusual
attraction it is today. Guided tours of the home are available
year round, 7 days a week.
This fabulous monument to the Western spirit was sold by the
family in June 2000. The new owners have revitalized the home
and the grounds making it a fun-filled stop for people traveling
through Southeastern Utah. A Trading Post offers authentic
Native American arts and crafts as well as Western Americana
restrooms adjoin the store. Road weary travelers will enjoy
the pools, fountains and cactus gardens.
In the last several years, there has been another new store
added. The General Store is a unique gift shop to say the least!
It is filled with memorabilia gift items including a wide selection
of Elvis, John Wayne and Betty Boop, just to name a few! You
may also get a hand dipped ice cream cone to enjoy as you stroll
the grounds that are covered in old-time antiques such as old
gas pumps in mint condition, ore cars and a two-story outhouse.
Unruly visitors may find themselves locked up in an authentic
1800’s jail cell complete with a commode and a ball with
newest attraction that has been added, is the petting zoo.
Parent and children alike will enjoy feeding the animals. We
have wallabies, ostriches, emus, and numerous miniatures such
as a donkey, horse and pot belly pigs and more.
Hole N’ The Rock was featured in AAA’s Via Magazine
as one of the top 7 tourist attraction’s in the Western
States along side of Fisherman’s Wharf and The Winchester
House in California. ~BS television filmed a documentary this
year about the Hole N’ The Rock which is slated to be
aired in January 2007.
Hole N' The Rock was also featured in National Geographic Traveler
magazine in March 2005, along with the town of Moab in ZIP
It’s not an exaggeration to say you will never see anything
like this anywhere else on Earth! Hole N’ The Rock ranks
high in America’s uncommon roadside attractions! Come
visit one of Southeastern Utah’s oldest Landmarks!
Hole N' The Rock is located 12 miles south of Moab on Highway
191. OPEN ALL YEAR. They can be reached by phone at 435-686-2250.
Tell them you read about it in Moab Happenings!