Almost 100 years ago, Albert Christensen began carving a home for his family out of this rock near Moab, Utah. No, that’s not our Jeep in the upper left hand corner. Just above the “C” is a 65 foot chimney for the fireplace. The only natural light coming into the home, is from the windows in the three front rock openings.
We had driven past this place many times and thought it was just a tourist trap. Well it is, but we were also impressed to see how people actually lived in this big rock.
Fourteen rooms are arranged around these huge pillars. The summer temperature never varies from a comfortable 72 degrees.
When Albert wasn’t carving rooms out of this sandstone rock, he painted religious and historic pictures. He also taught himself taxidermy, when he found animals that didn’t survive the harsh winters. We considered Albert to be very talented, but his mounted animals were weird. His wife must’ve really loved him a lot, to allow these grotesque looking animals in her home.
After raising two boys, Gladys indulged in her feminine side by collecting dolls. She displayed them in her pink carpeted bedroom. At least her dolls could enjoy the elegant dresses she couldn’t wear in this desert environment.
To supplement their income, a large kitchen was carved out of the sandstone to serve dinners to travelers. To make a deep fryer, Albert carved that out of sandstone too.
The Hole N’ The Rock was named by the National Geographic Traveler’s Magazine as one of the top 10 roadside attractions in the USA. To encourage people to stop, the new owners added a gift shop and small zoo. If you have ever wondered what living in a rock would be like, this is the place. Also, visit this website: http://www.theholeintherock.com for more information.