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Moqui Cave

4581 US-89, Kanab, Utah 84741 USA

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“so much more than just a cave!”

Moqui Cave is a museum of artifacts, fossils and history, depicting life in southern Utah spanning the centuries. The cave’s history is as interesting as the artifacts contained within. A cool room in the back once housed a fully- operational tavern, where those wanting to imbibe could hide their “devil’s brew” from prohibitionists. Laura and Garth Chamberlain purchased the cave in 1951, rescuing it from years of nonuse. Putting a distinctively memorable dinosaur entryway on the front, the cave attracted curious travelers to investigate the unusual museum. The Chamberlains, along with their five children who helped operate the cave, worked hard at making Moqui Cave a first class tourist attraction. That same goal is continued today by Garth’s son and daughter-in-law, Lex and Lee Anne Chamberlain. A new cliff dwelling facade welcomes tourists to take a historical tour into the museum, with host Lex providing fascinating historical commentary. Your imagination will be piqued when you enter the cool sandstone cave and see the large collection of dinosaur tracks that once inhabited the area. The cave also boasts one of the largest fluorescent and fossil mineral displays in the country. Exhibits include more than 1,000 arrowheads, ceremonial points, jugs, pots, bowls and working tools of the Anasazi-Navajo for the “Ancient Ones” from centuries ago. Moqui Cave also has a gift store in a side sandstone chamber which features items for purchase including Indian arts and crafts, kachina dolls, rugs, pottery and turquoise.

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Reviewed by
lgrizzle

  • 1 Review
  • 4 Helpful
January 02, 2019
Rated 1.0

Location on Roadtrippers is incorrect. It is located just past Kanab off of Center Street which turns back into 89. Note: the Caves are closed in the winter.

4 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
ShariRowley

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
April 14, 2021
Rated 1.0

Not worth the time or the money. The picture depicting this attraction gives false hope for this tourist trap. Keep driving you’ll find better things for free.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Grantgirl05

  • 2 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
April 27, 2018
Rated 4.0

This was a fun find! My kids love to look at rock specimens, and fluorescent rocks - even better. The shopkeeper gave a great historical overview of the cave. It was a fun stop!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
lynziemartin

  • 3 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
June 22, 2021
Rated 5.0

Definitely worth the stop! Family and pet friendly! My kids absolutely loved it! So much cool western history not to mention the amazing fossil and rock collection! Super inexpensive and the staff was incredible!

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Reviewed by
lynziemartin

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June 22, 2021
Rated 5.0

Definitely worth the stop! Family and dog friendly! My kids absolutely loved it!!! So much awesome western history not to mention the amazing fossil and rock collection!!!

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Reviewed by
Dominic M Dougherty

  • 4 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
October 07, 2020
Rated 5.0

Moqui Cave was once used by Anasazi people as a shelter or food store, according to archaeological digs in the area. It was rediscovered by white settlers in the 19th century, and served as a speakeasy in the 1920s during Prohibition.

In 1951, the cave was purchased by Laura and Garth Chamberlain, who opened a tavern and dance hall the following year, and it became a tourist attraction and museum.

Its museum exhibits include a rock collection, including fluorescent minerals, fossils, pottery, spear points, American Indian artifacts and art, dinosaur tracks (estimated to be over 140 million years old).

It has displays about the Anasazi. There is also display about the Ancestral Puebloan.

In the saloon, the original mosaic bar-top and bar stools from the tavern days still exist. Behind the bar, there are moqui marbles in various sizes.

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Reviewed by
marydeanndrabertelsen

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  • 0 Helpful
October 19, 2019
Rated 5.0

Moqui cave is a museum within the cave itself, which is neat if that’s what you’re looking for. Very cool artifacts and history. If you’re looking for the Moqui caverns that you hike up to for amazing views, it’s right down the road from the museum and you park on the side of the road to walks across and go up to the caverns. Quick hike up on the left side of the caverns. This was super cool and if you ask the people at the cave museum they can guide you to them also. Would definitely recommend it as a quick stop if you’re in the area!

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Reviewed by
britterz05

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  • 0 Helpful
March 07, 2019
Rated 3.0

It's a nice little stop with a cool family history story but not sure it's worth the admission fee.

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Reviewed by
KatieBabcock

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
March 27, 2018

Couldn't find it. No signs that we spott3d, adress shows its on 89 but description sys its 5 mikes off the hwy.would havebeen nice to know where to turn.

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alcantvm

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May 26, 2016
Rated 2.0

Super disappointed.

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Moqui Cave

4581 US-89
Kanab, Utah
84741 USA

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  • Mon - Sat: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

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