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Cathedral Valley

Address: Capitol Reef National Park, UT
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Type: Valleys, Outdoors
Activities: Four-wheeling, Hiking
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Owner description: Scenic area accessible by dirt road vehicles or hikers.
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188 reviews 188 reviews
76 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
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
20 reviews 20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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Bangalore, India
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60 reviews 60 reviews
26 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
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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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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161 reviews 161 reviews
59 attraction reviews
226 helpful votes 226 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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41 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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128 reviews 128 reviews
30 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 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
17 reviews 17 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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72 reviews 72 reviews
14 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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