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Moqui Caverns

Zac pointing to the rappelling anchors in Moqui Caverns.

Moqui Caverns a sandstone cave located about 5 miles north of Kanab, Utah along highway 89. Not to be confused with Moqui Cave, which is a paid attraction, Moqui Caverns are free and wild.

Trip Report: September 8, 2012

To get to Moqui Caverns, drive about 5 or 6 miles north of Kanab on highway 89. When you see the caves in the cliffs on your right (east), pull over on the side of the road and start walking. If you reach Moqui Cave (the famous tourist cave with indian ruins in the front), you've gone about 300 yards too far.

Moqui Caverns
Moqui Caverns

Moqui Caverns are situated at the top of a cliff. If you try to go straight to the entrance, you'll have a tough time.

Moqui Caverns

Instead, follow the drainage to the left where the cliffs aren't as steep.

Moqui Caverns

Once you get to the top of the cliff, you can follow a ledge over to the caves.

Moqui Caverns

The entire area is covered with gringo glyphs because the sandstone is really soft and easy to carve.

Moqui Caverns

Moqui Caverns is basically a long tunnel with several windows looking out at the highway.

Moqui Caverns
Moqui Caverns

Because of all the windows, it's not at all claustrophobic like some other caves.

Moqui Caverns
Moqui Caverns

Savannah didn't like the deep sand floor very much.

Moqui Caverns

Zac looking out one of the windows.

Moqui Caverns

Lots of fun signatures and pictures.

Moqui Caverns

The last window has a couple of bolts in the floor. I suppose if you wanted to, you could rappel out the window down the cliff, but I wouldn't trust the bolts very much.

Moqui Caverns
Moqui Caverns

Go back the way you came.

Moqui Caverns

While we were in the area, we decided to look for more caves. The USGS topo map shows some caves at 37° 7'27.09"N, 112°34'2.99"W.

Moqui Caverns

We could see the caves from the highway.

Moqui Caverns
Moqui Caverns

But they weren't very impressive.

Moqui Caverns
Moqui Caverns
Moqui Caverns

The topo map also showed caves at 37° 6'40.76"N, 112°33'35.56"W, but there was a sign that said "sand caves are on private property, posted area ahead, private property, no trespassing".

Moqui Caverns

The last cave on the topo map was at 37° 6'57.57"N, 112°32'56.63"W.

Moqui Caverns

It turns out there were actually 2 caves. The first was about 20 feet deep.

Moqui Caverns
Moqui Caverns
Moqui Caverns

The second cave was quite a bit bigger and sloped up. It was close to 40 feet deep.

Moqui Caverns
Moqui Caverns

The back of the cave had several holes where it looked like someone was trying to dig.

Moqui Caverns
Moqui Caverns

A fun sketch on the wall.

Moqui Caverns

When we were hiking up to the cave, Anthony found a tire. He carried it to the top so he could throw it off the cliff.