First settlement at Moab doomed by internal conflict, Natives | Western Colorado

The first non-Native community in southeastern Utah, in the valley where Moab is now located, predated other white settlements in the area by 20 years. But it only lasted a few months.

The Elk Mountain Mission was founded in 1855 at the behest of the President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Brigham Young. It was named after the Elk Mountains, now called La Sals.

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