Arches National Park, found in the lower part of Grand county, is one of Utah's most recognizable national parks, and includes Delicate Arch. Evidence, such as cliff houses and rock art, were left by the early Anasazi who may have lived in the area as early as 0 A.D. and left the region in the 1300's either to get away from contentions with the nearby Navajo or to find more water during a drought. The town of Cisco, once a booming town for ranchers and mining, eventually became a ghost town when interstate I-70 come through the county without diverting 5 miles to connect to Cisco.
In 1855 the first Mormon settlement of Moab was a failure. Today Moab, Grand County's most well known city, has grown in popularity for its nearby access to outdoor recreation such as mountain biking, hiking, four-wheeling, and a wet favorite--river adventures. While most people who live in Grand county live in small farming communities, the county has thrived on tourism bringing people from all over the world to see some of Utah's most awe inspiring sites.
More information for Grand County can be found at the following sites:
- Go-Utah.com - Moab
- Go-Utah.com - Arches National Park
- Go-Utah.com - La Sal Mountains
- Ghost Towns - Grand County
- Moab Visitor Website
- Utah Counties Profile - Grand County
- Utah History For Kids - Grand County
- Utah History Encyclopedia - Arches National Park
- Utah History Encyclopedia - Grand County
- Utah History Encyclopedia - Moab
- U.S. Census Quickfacts - Grand County
- Visit Utah - Dead Horse Point State Park
- Visit Utah - Moab