Explore the Hole in the Rock

Hole in the Rock

A Home and Zoo That You Can't Miss!


Travelers along U.S. Highway 191 in Southwestern Utah are amazed to discover this historic 5,000 square foot home which began taking shape almost a century ago by  Albert and Gladys Christensen. What began as a small room for the small Christensen boys to sleep in at night grew into a man-made engineering marvel 20 years in the making. A fireplace with a 65’ chimney, 14 rooms arranged around huge  pillars and a deep bathtub built into the rock delight visitors who visit this most  unusual home in the dessert. Original furnishings, Alberta’s paintings, Gladys’s doll  collection and many of the tools used to create this home remind you of the past. In a 12 year period Albert excavated 50,000 cubic feet of sandstone from the rock. During this time he completed his famous painting Sermon on the Mount and his  sculpture of Franklin D. Roosevelt on the face of the rock above his home.  When Albert died in 1957, the home was not complete. Gladys’s in keeping with his  wishes & lifelong dreams continued to develop the property, opening a gift shop and giving tours of her home until she passed away in 1974. Gladys is laid to rest next to  Albert in a small cove within the rock near the home. Today you can visit Hole N” The Rock. You can take a guided tour through this unique home, carved out of a huge rock in Utah’s Canyonlands Country. This historic 5,000 square foot home, gift shop, trading post, general store, largest collection of  Lyle Nichols metal/art sculptures and many antique tools and memorabilia as well as an exotic zoo which are open year round. 

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10 Nov 2017

By Bev Theberge