Polygamist Living in Caves – Rockland Ranch


Rockland Ranch community outside Moab, Utah. The “Rock,” as it is referred to by the approximately 100 people living there in about 15 families, was founded about 35 years on a sandstone formation near Canyonlands National Park. Polygamy was a part of the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was brought to Utah by faithful Mormons in the late 1840s. The mainstream Mormon church abandoned the practice in 1890, but an estimated 37,000 Mormon fundamentalists continue the practice today and believe plural marriage brings exaltation in heaven.