Wilson Arch just happens to sit on the side of the road, not far from Hole N’ The Rock. In fact, we first noticed it on our way to Hole N’ The Rock. We actually passed it before we realized what it was, so we immediately turned around. This we had to check out; it seemingly came out of nowhere.
Utah is famous for its Arches National Park, which is home to the famed Delicate Arch. But Wilson Arch gives you the chance to see one of these rare natural phenomena up close. And you can climb it!
It’s a steep trek up and a tough workout from its base, which is literally right off Route 191. But you’ll forget all that once you see the view. Would you believe people actually live on the other side? Expensive real estate to be sure (see pictures below). Please be careful though; Wilson Arch is delicate and has, unfortunately, been vandalized over the years, so please be respectful of the natural beauty of the area.
Exotic Animals Galore, Just Outside the Rock House
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Even though UW couldn’t photograph the home itself at Hole N’ the Rock, there was still plenty of other things to see on the property. Enter the zoo. It’s not a petting zoo, but a feeding zoo! For a few bucks at the general store, you can buy a bucket of food for the animals, which include a zebra, camel, goats, emu, ostrich, and a few other interesting creatures. See the video tour below…
When you’re driving on a remote highway and see “HOLE N’ THE ROCK” painted on a giant monolith, you’re likely to pull over and see what’s up. Aside from a prime example of effective advertising, you’ll soon learn that this offbeat attraction, just a 20 minute drive south of Moab, UT, was once someone’s home. For realzzz.
It took years for dear Mr. and Mrs. Christensen to carve out this 5,000 square foot dwelling. It’s remarkably well preserved from the time that its last full-time occupant, Mrs. Christensen, passed away in the mid-1970s, and it still retains its unique cross between the Flintstones and 1960s retro living. Today’s owners provide guided tours and a gift shop right on the premises, along with a general store and even an outdoor zoo (see Rock House, Part II for the zoo video).
Unfortunately, interior photography is strictly prohibited, so UW has none to show (there is a pic on the official website), but we were allowed to film everything else outside.