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Address: Capitol Reef National Park, UT

Scenic area accessible by dirt road vehicles or hikers.

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I did the loop September of last year and had a great time. I video recorded the whole loop and still watching to this day. I began from the river crossing and went out on hwy 24... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 23, 2016
Benny H

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Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

I think the cathedral Valley loop drive is interesting, but I would wouldn't call it a "must see". There's plenty of empty desert on this drive. The Temple of the Sun and Moon are quite interesting, but it takes almost 2 hours to get there from Torrey. The road is rutted and rough. You must cross countless washes. You drive... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2016

I did the loop September of last year and had a great time. I video recorded the whole loop and still watching to this day. I began from the river crossing and went out on hwy 24. According to my video recording, it took me 3hours and 15minutes. And yes, I sped up a bit as I began late around... More 

Thank Benny H
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2016

This is a VERY brutal drive. We took our high clearance vehicle in July 2016 for this "road" trip. You will travel 52 miles in about 7.5 hours (this is NO joke). There are NO restrooms. Be prepared to bring food and lots of water. Be prepared to bring a map. Do this trip early in the day - and... More 

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Turin, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2016

A long access on dirty roads takes to this remote area with plenty of spectacular, huge rock formations. There is also a primitive campground, high on the valley. Better to ask at the Visitor Center for road conditions, river ford water and campground occupancy.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2016

We looked at the river crossing and decided not to do it in our 2 wheel drive rented SUV. It looked doable, but without seeing someone else make the crossing we decided to be cautious. Almost any 4 wheel drive looks like it would be fine. So instead of the crossing we drove in on the Cainsvilles road. 18 miles... More 

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San Francisco, California
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63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2016

The road is long and rough. Nothing an ordinary car can't handle, but it will be worrisome of the car is yours. On the other hand, if you have an SUV, even if it doesn't have full-on 4WD, you will find this trip a thrill to remember. Though long and sometimes not very attractive, the route offers amazing views from... More 

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Grand Island, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2016

Dicey road, don't go if there has been rain in the area. The road is narrow, steep, and rocky. The Temple of the Sun and Temple of the Moon formations are unique. Gypsum Sinkhole is a long way into the valley and not that fantastic. We drove through the valley and out Fish Lake National Forest rather than go back... More 

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Menomonie, Wisconsin
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37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2016 via mobile

Both access roads to this area are on gravel roads and depending on season and current weather, may be passable even in a sedan (we had a Nissan Sentra). However, signs encourage 4-wheel drive vehicles, as any threat of fierce weather can cause the MANY washouts and crossings to flood. It's also an open range for cattle in some parts... More 

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Lafayette, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2016

Cathedral Valley has many "graphite-grey" natural stone edifices that are like sheer cliffs that most people never notice. There are certainly some hidden treasures in this area. Take every chance you get to go off-road...just be aware of the terrain etc. The Cathedral Valley is very difficult in winter to access coming down from 70 on the back road towards... More 

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Torrey, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2015

Cathedral Valley is a large area in the northern part of Capitol Reef National Park stretching from the Temples to the Wall of Jericho and the Cathedrals themselves. A good dirt road provides access from the Caineville area on highway 24 but if you want to make a loop you should always start at the river crossing a few miles... More 

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