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Cathedral Valley

Capitol Reef National Park, UT
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Type: Valleys
Activities: Four-wheeling, Hiking
Description: Scenic area accessible by dirt road vehicles or hikers.
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Henderson, Nevada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We were here for 4th of July weekend, temps were in the high 90s so that wasn't such a great idea. We started at Cathedral Valley Road and crossed the River Ford (only 7", make sure you check at the visitors center for current conditions!!). Passenger cars probably won't make it in some areas, bring plenty of water, gas up... More

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North Carolina
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

We visited Cathedral Valley on our recent vacation to Utah while in Torrey exploring Capitol Reef National Park. We drove the entire road beginning at the Caineville Wash Road and ending at the River Ford Crossing, the drive can be done either way. We began early and spent about 6 hours exploring Cathedral Valley. The Temples of the Sun and... More

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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137 reviews 137 reviews
52 attraction reviews
177 helpful votes 177 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

The Cathedral Valley is one of the most scenic areas of Capitol Reef. To get there is a backcountry road trip of about 60 miles of dirt roads. It can be done as a loop from Hartnet and Cathedral Valley roads. Road conditions vary and may require a 4WD high clearance vehicle. Check at the Visitors Center - not easy,... More

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Denver, Colorado
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73 reviews 73 reviews
30 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

The 17 mi trip out to the Temple of the Sun, Temple of the Moon and Glass Mountain is a little rough (I wouldn't do it in a passenger car, but any 2WD with decent clearance will be OK), especially from about the 3.5 - 10 mile mark, but the scenery is amazing, and I encountered no one else except... More

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Las Vegas, NV
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96 reviews 96 reviews
25 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

ONLY attempt this route in a high clearance 4x4 vehicle. Love visiting the Temple of the Sun and Moon and Glass Mountain - which are all located in close proximity to each other and look great no matter what time of the day you happen to be there. With the parks closed more people may be considering this route and... More

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London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

While exploring Capitol Reef National Park, our book recommended something unusual, which was a drive through the park accessible only if you had a 4x4! We went to the visitors centre and a friendly ranger said the road was open, and was in pretty good condition, and guided us to the map for which we paid $2. This is well... More

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Grand Junction, Colorado
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69 reviews 69 reviews
14 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

28 miles of unpaved roads with little to no traffic. We have a high-clearance 4x4 and had no problems. I do not recall seeing any cars though. It was quiet and beautiful for our hiking and photography of the area.

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North Bend, Washington, United States
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45 reviews 45 reviews
19 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

I read many reviews and commentaries about this route both on TA and in various travel guides. We did the traditional itinerary starting at the Fremont River crossing onto Hartnet Road and looping back down into the Valley on Caineville Wash/Cathedral Road, driving an Acura RDX AWD SUV. The river depth was about a foot. You have to drive about... More

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Hayle
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113 reviews 113 reviews
30 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

Visited Cathedral Valley in 1998 and thought it was fantastic. On two further occasions we were unable to get through because of adverse weather but spent another day there last October. I think it was even better than than I remembered, really worth setting aside a day for the trip. This time we drove from the West at Fremont, on... More

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Clermont
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

We visited Capitol Reef NP in 2002 and returned in 2010 to do more exploring of the area. We drove the Cathedral Valley loop in a Jeep Cherokee 4X4 in April and the river was fairly high and we followed the Rangers advice as we crossed it with out any problem. The Temples are very impressive as are the other... More

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