|Hilary, Claire, and I under Delicate Arch doing our "victory" pose. This shot really demonstrates the scale of this monstrosity!|
Many mining cities that had sprouted during Uranium boom of the 1950s collapsed with the loss of their biggest client. Those cities, however, that possessed alternate economies were able to survive. In the 1970s, the Uranium market had become saturated, and the boom was over. It soon became apparent that Moab’s survival was at stake. The hope of the revitalization of the economy was then placed in tourism, and in the 1970s, Moab began to wholeheartedly endorse this platform. Moab began to capitalize on its natural beauty and produced an image as one of the most geographically-unique places on Earth. With over 2,000 sandstone arches and the contrasting colors and textures of its landscape, Moab has become a sportsman’s Mecca. By the 1980s, Moab had attained worldwide fame for its hundreds of miles of Ssickrock trails, a destination to which avid cyclists flock for its unique contact medium.