Hermit’s Cave

In 1920, Bob Stinson left civilization behind and took up residence in a cave deep in  Marjum Canyon just West of Delta Utah.   That cave would become his residence for the next 25 years until, when in his 70’s, Bob finally moved back into Delta where he lived out the rest of his life.

On my way to California from Utah I stopped off at Bob’s old residence to have a look.   Calling it a cave is a little unfair, as it felt much more like an actual one room stone cabin inside.

Bob built a thick wall out of stone that he gathered from the canyon to enclose the cave and turn it into a comfortable home.

The floor was poured concrete and perfectly level.

Windows were more than just openings in the rock.  He had also included small rock shelves most likely used for candles (judging by the soot left on the wall).

The stove, while it appears primitive, was I’m sure more than enough to keep the small one room shelter warm in the cold winters.  In his later years Bob drove a snowplow through the canyon and kept it clear of debris as back then it was the main east-west highway between California and Utah.  Now it’s little more than a dirt back road.

A few additional shots of the cave and the view from the front door.

Sometimes I get a little envious of Bob Stinson and the life he lead out in the desert.  Being so far removed in such a desolate, austere environment really appeals to me for some reason.  Maybe its the solitude and the quiet, or just my own love of the desert and a desire to live close to the land.

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11 Responses to Hermit’s Cave

  1. emmie says:

    hmmm…or could it be the sudden surge of activity you’ve just encountered?! Ha! We’re so glad you guys are here!

  2. Joe sharkey Young says:

    Thankks sid for the picturess

  3. Eugenia Graham says:

    The dwelling reminds me of pictures of the ascetic monks abodes on Mt. Athos.

  4. Larry McChesney says:

    Beautiful curiosity. No glass in the windows, no doors, merely door ways? Built on public land? I’d like to see this place next time I’m in that area. Thanks for making this available!

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  6. Retsuzen Shikata says:

    Reblogged this on Shikata Homestead-Off Grid and commented:
    Ohhhhhhhh I can actually see me there

  7. Becky Kastel says:

    Maybe you could baptize the critters. It certainly is beautiful and peaceful. A weeks get away?

  8. Brent says:

    Well I am a person who lives fifty miles from there, as a boy scout and then as an adult I have spent a lot of cold nights on that hard concrete floor, and I will tell you it aint worth it. But I do love the area and have spent my whole life exploring it . The famed notch peak is just two miles to the south along with painter springs. The giant feldspar granite intrusion that juts up and tears the Precambrian limestone that is the house range into two distinct sections. It is and always will be a outstanding geologic formation.

  9. Robert Stinson says:

    Bob was my great uncle,think I could go move in !

  10. Arthur Glass says:

    Family, go to hermit of Marjum pass Delta Utah. This was Uncle Rob’s cave he went after WWI. The jar with WWI collectibles near my desk are what he sent with letters to his sister, my Great Grandmother, Emma Stinson-Glass. We have a photo of family visiting to him – looks pretty much like it does in this sites pictures. I thought the cave was in Wyoming until I found a note on a picture. I drove through Delta Utah not knowing it was there. Do Good.

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