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“Great Adventure - Get Road Information at Visitor Center”
Review of Cathedral Valley

Cathedral Valley
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Owner description: Scenic area accessible by dirt road vehicles or hikers.
Salt Lake City, Utah
Level 6 Contributor
161 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 209 helpful votes
“Great Adventure - Get Road Information at Visitor Center”
Reviewed 16 May 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, but worth the effort if you are an adventurer and have the vehicle to do it.

Visited May 2014
2 Thank hankwill
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Denver, Colorado
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98 reviews
44 attraction reviews
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“Well Worth the Drive”
Reviewed 1 April 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 on the way back.

Visited March 2014
3 Thank thunderable
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Las Vegas, NV
Level 6 Contributor
175 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Great ride and scenery but...”
Reviewed 7 October 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 there are no park rangers to consut but do heed advice and travel this in the right vehicle - a passenger car will NOT be able to make the trip. No cell service and a tow will run well over $1k if you can ever get help. You will encounter some middling to deep sand along the way and some cavernous holes along the edges to avoid due to rain washouts and the spur road to the three attractions has a very challenging wash to cross which you should not attempt if uncomfortable with it. Do not even consider this route if weather is not clear and dry. This trip we did the shorter route in entering from Cainesville. Its about 18 miles into the temples and then returning out that way. Allow about three hours for the short round trip. You will not encounter many other vehicles but be wary as this road contains many blind hill crests and curves. There are no facilities on this route.

Visited October 2013
8 Thank Meezermeister
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Chicago, Illinois
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Breathtaking views and a great drive”
Reviewed 4 July 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 worth it.

The route begins with a river crossing! The water was quite low so we drive straight through, and then over the next many hours and 75 miles we saw some amazing sights, each one as striking as the next.

Just a few to highlight : Jailhouse Rock, Cathedral Valley, Temple of Sun and Moon, the Glass Mountain, the Gypsum Sinkhole. The landscape changes every few miles and you o through some tough terrain.

Unlike other National Parks we have been too, Capitol Reef remains undiscovered, and it was very enjoyable to be the only people driving around the desert. I think we encountered just four other cars the entire day!

We would highly recommend this if you are at the Capitol Reef National Park.

Visited June 2013
9 Thank Rimary T
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Grand Junction, Colorado
Level 6 Contributor
103 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Beautiful, awe inspiring views of one of Utah's lessor visited parks.”
Reviewed 28 May 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.

Visited May 2013
2 Thank Donnafullerton
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