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“Amazing scenery”
Review of Cathedral Valley

Cathedral Valley
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Owner description: Scenic area accessible by dirt road vehicles or hikers.
Reviewed 3 June 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 the Moon were massive. We also loved the view as we drove over the switchbacks, stopping at the primitive campground for a picnic lunch. There is so much diversity to the landscape here. We wondered if we had landed on another planet when we drive through the Bentonite Hills section of the valley. The road itself was generally sandy with some wet patches, but nothing that our 4 wheel drive could not handle. The road from the campground was quite rocky for several miles and we definitely had to creep along, but we made it through with no problem.
I would recommend a visit through Cathedral Valley, it was just beautiful!

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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.

2  Thank hankwill
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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.

3  Thank thunderable
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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.

8  Thank Meezermeister
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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.

9  Thank Rimary T
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