“WE DO NOT INHERIT THE EARTH
FROM OUR ANCESTORS,
WE BORROW IT
FROM OUR CHILDREN”
Moab is a city in Grand County, in eastern Utah, in the western United States.
Moab’s economy was originally based on agriculture, but gradually shifted to mining. Uranium and vanadium were discovered in the area in the 1910s and 1920s. Potash and manganese came next, and then oil and gas were discovered. In the 1950s Moab became the so-called “Uranium Capital of the World” after geologist Charles Steen found a rich deposit of uranium ore south of the city. This discovery coincided with the advent of the era of nuclear weapons and nuclear power in the United States, and Moab’s boom years began.
Since the 1970s, tourism has played an increasing role in the local economy. Partly due to the John Ford movies, partly due to magazine articles, the area has become a favorite of photographers, rafters, hikers, rock climbers, and most recently mountain bikers. In recent years
Arches National Park contains the world’s largest concentration of natural stone arches. This National Park is a red, arid desert, punctuated with oddly eroded sandstone forms such as fins, pinnacles, spires, balanced rocks, and arches. The 73,000-acre region has over 2,000 of these “miracles of nature.”
Rock Art Sites
Excellent ancient Native American rock art can be found on numerous rock panels in the Moab area. Some date back many thousands of years. Many panels are easy to find, like the one in Arches National Park near the Wolfe Ranch Trailhead for the Delicate Arch Hike. Several can be seen from Potash Road. Others are in more remote locations, where you’ve got to seek them out.
Dozens of movies have been filmed in the Moab area, dating back to 1949. The area’s classic scenery has served as the backdrop for classic old Westerns, including many John Wayne films.