Was this area once the red light district of Moab? With a name like Prostitute Butte, you have to wonder about the area's history! The name, as rumor has it, came from the original white settlers to the area. The local Anasazi people used the area for religious ceremonies to their "mother deity". The white settlers may have found the ceremonies offensive and hence the name. The butte is also now known as Lone Rock, though most of the locals call it by the original name, Prostitute Butte.
This is the perfect area to get a bit of space from the often busier Moab area proper. Primitive camping is excellent, as are the views. Throw in a couple of arches to visit, and this makes for a great outing! Mountain biking and off roading are also very popular in the area.
Travel south out of Moab on US-191 toward Blanding/Monticello. About 13 miles south of Moab, at milepost 112.7 is a side road on the right. This is where the highway reaches the crest of a hill. Turn right onto this dirt road.
Once at Prostitute Butte, the first arch you reach is the impressive Balcony Arch. Continue north on the ever roughening road (or walk this section) through the notch between the two buttes. Once on the north side of the buttes, follow the jeep road west along the base of the Butte to visit Picture Frame Arch.
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