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Spectacular Remote Area

A long access on dirty roads takes to this remote area with plenty of spectacular, huge rock... read more

Reviewed 23 June 2016
Turin, Italy
Temples of the Sun and Moon

We looked at the river crossing and decided not to do it in our 2 wheel drive rented SUV. It... read more

Reviewed 22 May 2016
Jim S
Atlanta, Georgia
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Scenic area accessible by dirt road vehicles or hikers.
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Capitol Reef National Park, UT

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Reviewed 23 June 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.

Thank 58MMS
Reviewed 22 May 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...More

2  Thank Jim S
Reviewed 5 May 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...More

3  Thank Insouciant1
Reviewed 25 April 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....More

1  Thank Judy H
Reviewed 15 March 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...More

3  Thank Docoutside
Reviewed 19 February 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...More

1  Thank Nicholas H
Reviewed 2 December 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...More

5  Thank killer_bob
Reviewed 27 November 2015

We traveled in late November on a beatiful sunny day. I can not imagine traveling in the heat of the summer out here. It's so remote, we didn't see any other people for hours. Very enjoyable.

1  Thank webtravelreview
Reviewed 26 July 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...More

1  Thank WorldRover2306
Reviewed 21 July 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.

Thank Sharon K
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22 May 2016|
Response from killer_bob | Reviewed this property |
As with most landscape areas sunrise and sunset offer the best photo opportunities. Since traveling the loop takes 6-9 hours depending on how long you stop for, it is obviously not possible to be everywhere in perfect... More
Teresa R
3 March 2016|
Response from killer_bob | Reviewed this property |
Five hours would be a fairly quick loop, I drive tours around the loop and typically take 8 hours (Torrey to Torrey) including a short lunch break. Just the dirt section takes about 6 hours of that I estimate.
Marie-Hélène F
3 February 2016|
Response from killer_bob | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure who you are asking with this question but in general rental car insurance does not cover driving on dirt roads.