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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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Denver, Colorado
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69 reviews 69 reviews
30 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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95 reviews 95 reviews
25 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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59 reviews 59 reviews
13 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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
25 helpful votes 25 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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111 reviews 111 reviews
30 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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
2 helpful votes 2 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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Zurich, Switzerland
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46 reviews 46 reviews
5 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

We just have been to Cathedral Valley today and it is really exceptionally great. Make sure to ask in the visiting center about the wather level of fremont river. We made the trip with a ford edge and had absolutely no problems. however, today is a hot summer day without rain and road conditions might easily become very difficult I... More

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Torrey, Utah
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62 reviews 62 reviews
21 attraction reviews
153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2012

We took a group of family members there and everyone was impressed with the beautiful formations.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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59 reviews 59 reviews
30 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2012

The Cathedral Valley Loop is my favorite desert adventure on four wheels by a mile. By 60 miles to be exact! First of all there is the solitude; on my first trip here I encountered only two other vehicles; and they were a party of students from Brigham Young traveling together; and no one at all on my second trip!... More

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