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Address: , Capitol Reef National Park, UT
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Activities: Four-wheeling, Hiking
Description: Scenic area accessible by dirt road vehicles or hikers.

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If you have a 4x4 - do it!

The drive to Cathedral valley is bumpy and requires a vehicle with high clearance so if you have one, I believe it is worth it. We started on hwy 24 at Caineville and drove the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

The drive to Cathedral valley is bumpy and requires a vehicle with high clearance so if you have one, I believe it is worth it. We started on hwy 24 at Caineville and drove the Cathedral road N - NW to hwy 72. The scenery overall is otherworldly not to mention the big attractions of The Temple of the Sun... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

This spot is beautiful. While you can enjoy it from the main highway, it's well worth it to take some of the dirt roads to get closer to the elements. We plan on spending more time here.

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We saw this valley while on our backcountry tour. The rock formations really look like cathedrals! Bob Palin, our tour guide pointed out various areas from our viewing spot.

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Dallas, TX
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Cathedral Valley can be reached from Utah 72 by traveling eastward on a road which begins just south of a small reservoir along Utah 72. It is 13 miles from Utah 72 to Cathedral Valley, about half the distance of the route from the main park area. From Utah 72 to the park entrance, the road is a graded dirt... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

This is THE drive to take if you are a desert lover. The route we took requires a high clearance 4x4 as a river crossing is required along with some other rather rough and sandy stretches. We saw wild turkeys within the first 10 minutes of our adventure but you're likely to see deer, antelope and Desert Bighorns as well.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

About a 60 mile drive in and around Capitol Reef National Park. I'd say for 75% of the drive the views were amazingly impressive, stunning and majestic. We were in a group with 5 vehicles and lots of little kids so we stopped and walked to the overlooks and stopped for lunch and took our time. It took us about... More 

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Cincinnati
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Entering Cathedral Valley, we did not ford the Freemont River but entered through Hartnet Junction in a high clearance SUV. We stopped at only two overlooks, the Upper South Desert Overlook and the Upper Cathedral Valley Overlook. The views from the Upper Cathedral Valley Overlook were spectacular. The dirt roads to Cathedral Valley and to the two overlooks I would... More 

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Edwards, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Nearly 60 miles of off-road splendor driven as a loop beginning and ending on paved Hwy 24. We drove it in a slightly modified (suspension lift) Suzuki Grand Vitara and had no problems at all with clearance or traction. I think this could easily be driven in any high clearance (truck/SUV) 2wd vehicle in dry conditions. Took us about 6... More 

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Trios on the run for 8 days in Utah, checked into hotel at Torrey, after drive on one of the most scenic high mountain roads, from Bryce Canyon via Boulder, rushed to Cathedral Valley without much advance information, took the only rough & tough gravel mountain road into wilderness, crossed a stream, on and on, never seem to reach anywhere,... More 

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Henderson, Nevada
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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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