“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.
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.
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.
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!
Not worth the price of admission. Tourist trap.
The cave is an experience in itself and it’s a beast little museum/shop. Great history. Highly recommend a stop.
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!
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!!!
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.
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!
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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