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Outlasting Time Itself

Moab is a hotbed for adventure and Gentiles alike, but you won’t find much real beer here.

—Anonymous

While on a recent trip to Moab, we stopped in at Pasta Jay’s after a grueling 23 mile ride of Porcupine Rim. We found much more than delectable Italian food. Our server Lara was nice enough to answer a couple of weird questions we had on the origins of the name “Moab,” and whether it was a gentile hotbed within the confines of Mormon Utah. Her answers were not far from the truth:

Moab is a Biblical name, citing a fortress-like city South of Jerusalem (big surprise, right?). Though fertile, it was known for being extremely arid and hot. Crusaders quickly recognized the defensible aspects of the locale, and built accordingly. Tourists today can see the similarities instantly. Towering red rock pinnacles jut from the Colorado river, and echoes of primitive times blaze in the desert sun. Also, Turret Arch (seen below) stands like an stone battleship awaiting one last battle. Click HERE for further details. Though Brigham Young was the first to send missionaries into the Grand Valley (aka Spanish Valley), Native Americans populated the area long beforehand.

Arches National Park, and a sendom viewed angle into the Window's District

A moonlit landscape brightens Turret Arch and the distant South Window, while star trails slide up above. Windows District, Arches NP outside Moab, UT.

After a couple heated battles, the Mormon settlers packed up and headed back North to Salt Lake. But this lapse in White occupation on the central Colorado Plateau proved to be temporary. The trail had already been blazed, and settlers of a different breed began to mosey toward the valley. If you asked me, this is where the town gets its real character. Click HERE for more. As Lara explained, ranchers and miners staked claims through the area while making peace with the Natives. They drank, smoked, and spent nights at brothels, but didn’t try and convert the local inhabitants. Is this why adventure seekers from places like Aspen, Telluride, and Crested Butte yearn to be in this arid wastelands? Is it a similar inclination towards adrenaline? We may never know. But one thing’s for sure: though Moab offers copious amounts of 3.2% beer, it has a wilder, more colorful side to it than Salt Lake or Provo ever will.

Check back later for more details and images from © Rodeonexis Photography…brought to you by Jeremy Weir

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