La Sal Junction, Utah: Families in Cave Dwellings (Gone)The caves were built by a Mormon polygamist for his very-extended family to survive a nuclear war. It was open for a time as a B&B. Reported gone in 2015.
- I-70 exit 182. South on US 191, through Moab, for about 57 miles. Turn right onto Hwy 179/Wilson Arch Rd for three miles, then right again onto Hatch Point Rd for five miles.
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I don't think this attraction exists any more. We found Hwy 179 and drove on this dirt road in an RV for the three miles. At that point there is a very bad dirt road to the left and a paved road to the right. There are no street signs. We continued to the right (as the directions said) and drove the five-plus miles. What we did see was a new home development being built, and lots being sold. This road, after eight miles, rejoins Hwy 191, so we were able to get out without going back the way we came. I'm guessing that since the man died, a new developer came in and is now building new homes. Or it could be like "Sister Wives," with the wives making money off of the land and building modern homes to live in. Either way, the dwellings are no longer visible.[Marlene, 10/25/2015]
Mr. Foster passed away a few years ago. The Rockland Ranch is no longer a B and B. We were recently going out to the Needles Overlook and noticed that it seems to be expanding -- probably Foster's descendants building more places. My husband and I actually stayed in his home when he had it as a B&B. It was an interesting experience. He was very pleasant and interesting to visit with. We met two of his wives and some of his small children. His wives were professionals ... one was a flight attendant.[SB, 07/13/2012]
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We were too chicken to go any closer than our pictures show. Seemed like a very vibrant and happy place. Just felt strange how far off the main road it is, and we felt that we were intruding and gawking a bit!
No visitors welcome sign. Trust me, we were definitely looking![Emallinen, 09/12/2011]
A community of maybe 6-12 families have built their homes into the side of a huge rock about 25-30 miles southwest of Moab, UT on a dirt road that leads to a place called the "Needles Overlook."
They have a sign that said "Visitors Welcome," so we checked it out. Robert Foster is the community patriarch and gave us a tour. He was a very nice man. This community is really living as a modern stone age family -Flintstones Style - but with all the modern conveniences. Was pretty memorable.[Roger Serzen, 08/10/2006]
Bob Foster is a polygamist who in 1980 began blasting a honeycombed home into this cliff face for his three wives and 38 children. He was convinced that it would be a safe place when the End Times arrived. For a while he operated a Bed and Breakfast in the caves -- the Rockland Ranch Inn.