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Moqui Cave, Kanab

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Moqui Cave is a sandstone erosion cave in southern Utah, United States. It is located roughly north of Kanab, along U.S. Route 89.EtymologyThe name comes from the Moqui, which some archeologists believe to be an ancient tribe in the Anasazi-Hopi area at an unknown time period. They are not attested historically, and the name has been used to simply refer to ancient peoples of the area and by white people to refer to Indians in general. They originated as an explanation for moqui marbles, strange geologic concretions in the Navajo Sandstone Formation. More likely, the name comes from a Hopi language word meaning " dead", moki, being related to religious beliefs. For the cave, the name is more related to the myths of the tribe than to the 'marbles', the Hopi, or the dead.HistoryMoqui 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. It currently contains a substantial rock collection, including many ultraviolet-fluorescent minerals, fossils, pottery, spear points, American Indian artifacts and art, dinosaur tracks (estimated to be over 140 million years old), and displays about the Anasazi. There is also display about the Ancestral Puebloan and a gift shop.
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  • This little stop was a cool place that is still run by descendants of the original owners. I'm not sure if they always are there, but an informative person collected our entrance fee (nominal), gave u...  more »
  • We were unaware that this site is only opened in the summer. It was right on our route so we decided to check it out. We had been looking for quirky or offbeat roadside attractions all along our trip ...  more »
  • This is a pretty interesting piece of history turned souvenir shop. If you like quirky road stops you will enjoy this. As a plus the souvenir shop is on the less expensive side.  more »
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  • Great unique place to visit. The kids loved it. The owners also provided an adhoc tour guide for cool places around the area that are off the beaten path. Definitely worth a visit.
  • Looked really awesome from the outside, however their page and phone recording said they would be open at certain times and when we arrived they were closed. Kids were really looking forward to check it out. Reviews looked great but only 3 stars because they weren't opened as they said they would be.
  • Pretty cool place to stop at especially when you have been driving for hours. Would I go out of my way to plan a trip to the cave no but if your passing through do stop.
  • A unique place but don't set your expectations very high. It's what you expect for a tourist trap.
  • Looked cool on their website and on the internet but we showed up at the time they said they would be open and nobody was there and they would not answer their phones.
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