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Church Rock, Monticello

#7 of 9 in Things to do in Monticello
Landmark · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
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  • This is not something you would go out of your way to see. If you're driving between Moab and monticello utah, you will see it along with several other lone formations. You can't get close so good.....  more »
  • Saw this driving from Moab, then from The Needles. Just another big rock. Hard to get a good picture when someone won't slow down.....  more »
  • While traveling from Blanding to Moab, you will come across Church Rock. This beautiful rock formation is full of color. It's definitely worth the time to stop and take a few pictures
  • One version of the story of how this came to be called 'Church Rock' involved a traveling woman spiritualist preacher who arrived in this area in the 1920’s. She and her small band of followers built a small agrarian village in the area, which later was abandoned. They had a grand plan to hollow out the entire center of this nearby sandstone rock completely and make the inside their ‘church’. However, they did not own the rock and this did not happen. After her community fell apart, the leader abandoned her unusual thinking (for the time) and moved to Monticello and became the publisher of the local newspaper in the 1940’s. She died in 1975. The small opening visible in the photo is actually a 16x24-foot opening chiseled into the rock, by the owner during the late 1940s, to store salt licks and feed for his cattle. The remaining Claud Young family still owns the rock.
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