Before & After: US 191 at Arches


1940s and Today


Until the 1950s, when the road from Crescent Jct to Moab was finally paved, just covering those 30 miles could be an ordeal. In this image, taken in the late 1940s, view of the “highway” is looking south, just north of Arches National Monument headquarters. The original sandstone structure, “the Rock House,” as it’s known today, is visible in the distance. It served as residence to the park’s various custodians and rangers, from the 40s until the last 1970s.

US 191 is now a four lane highway. The old road has been converted to be a bicycle trail. The Rock House still stands.  JS



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