This valley is considered A Sacred Place. It was home to many Native American tribes. The Natural Arch was an important landmark to the Red and White Clans of the Jicarilla Apache, Moache and Kapote bands of the Utes.
The Jicarilla Apache name for this place is "T se wa go an" or "Hole in Rock." ~~ "This was a place where the Jicarilla and Ute would meet, hold ceremonies together, and plan how to battle the Comanche. At this place, people would smudge to purify themselves." ~~ Brian Vigil, Jacarilla Apache elder
The Ute word for this place is "Kweeahghaat-ti Kahn" or "Bears Den." ~~ "We were told it is sacred. Female bear gave us our life. Ceremonies and prayers would be held here. These would occur especially at the solstice, the times when the sun or moon would line up and radiate directly through the hole in the rock. The reason for this ceremony is that the Sun has gotten to one home and will now turn around and go to the other." Alden Naranjo, Southern Ute elder