It has been over three months since we visited Moqui Cave in Utah and I am FINALLY getting around to writing about it.
We were on our way to Zion National Park when we passed this little cave on the side of Route 89. We decided to turn around and go back (a rare thing for me to do) and check it out. I’m so happy that we did!
The cave itself is small and not all that interesting. There are three rooms to the man made cave that are filled with various things; artwork, pictures, dinosaur tracks, fluorescent minerals, different forms of currency, and a little gift shop.
The interesting thing about the cave was its history. It was purchased by Garth Chamberlain in 1951 and is filled with his history and artwork. Garth was a Mormon, a professional football player, a stuntman, and a self-taught artist. He carved wood, did bronze sculptures and oil paintings, and made jewelry and Kachina dolls. We learned so much about this amazing man and his family history in the short time we were at the cave. It was very cool to see all the awesome artwork he left behind. The man was very talented. I was very impressed by the bronze sculptures and woodcarvings.
Before Moqui Cave became a museum and tourist attraction it was a tavern and dance hall. Garth designed a wonderful bar (pictured below) and put it in one of the rooms of the cavern where he served food and drinks.
The people running the cave now are relatives of Garth. I apologize for not being able to remember exactly how they were related. It was a husband and wife and one of them was the child or grandchild of Garth. Whatever the relation, they were filled with tons of information, stories, and history about the family, the area, and the cave. It was worth the stop just to listen to all they had to say!
If you are ever in the area of Kanab, Utah I highly recommend a visit to Moqui Cave.