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Cathedral Valley

Capitol Reef National Park, UT
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great rock formations

It is a loop road best viewed when starting from the Torrey side. The view is out standing coming... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Guy C
Albuquerque, New Mexico

We drove this road from Caineville to the cathedral valley campground. The road requires a high... read more

Reviewed 22 September 2017
Gloucester, United Kingdom
via mobile
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Scenic area accessible by dirt road vehicles or hikers.
  • Excellent79%
  • Very good18%
  • Average3%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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Capitol Reef National Park, UT

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is a loop road best viewed when starting from the Torrey side. The view is out standing coming from that way as you descend into the valley. It is a dirt loop road which takes most of the day if one stops at the...More

Thank Guy C
Reviewed 22 September 2017 via mobile

We drove this road from Caineville to the cathedral valley campground. The road requires a high clearance vehicle - even in our SUV we struggled at times. It took over three hours with photo stops so be prepared for a long bumpy ride. The views...More

Thank chowso
Reviewed 30 June 2017 via mobile

5 hours gets you to only the temple of moon and sun, with a some time for pictures and hiking. The roads are rough and Sandy, so you have to go slow. The first part is other worldly. Then a lot nothing. Final you get...More

Thank feldjoe
Reviewed 14 June 2017

We rented a Jeep from the Thousand Lakes campground and took it down this road. The road was not bad at all - it was a little bumpy in some parts due to the road being washed out. The river was not high at all...More

Thank Ginas418
Reviewed 11 May 2017

I have done the loop before. Be sure to check with the visitor center to see how high is the Fremont river before crossing it. This time, I focused on the Temples of the Sun and Moon in Cathedral Valley. I did a practice drive...More

1  Thank 427BeatleBob
Reviewed 28 April 2017

We did not take the whole Cathedral Valley Loop. Our guide suggested that the best use of our time would be to go directly to the formations called Temple of the Sun and Moon for the sunrise, then leave the park to go to Goblin...More

Thank Theresa C
Reviewed 20 April 2017

Best enjoyed by a higher clearance 4wd vehicle, and perhaps with at least one other vehicle, this area is remote and there are no services. So gas up, bring a lunch, and enjoy! It is well worth the trip.

1  Thank Janet F
Reviewed 4 April 2017

The Cathedral Valley drive is a loop that can be divided into two halves. We started with the southwestern half of the loop, Hartnet Road, which begins with a ford of the Freemont River and then runs north of the South Desert. We camped overnight...More

9  Thank tlinn-com
Reviewed 13 March 2017

My wife and I visited with her sister and soon to be husband. We loved the drive and seeing the Temples of the Sun and Moon. We did some exploring from the wash over to the ridge. I would highly recommend getting out of the...More

1  Thank michaeljamiejohnston
Reviewed 27 October 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...More

1  Thank photoguywisconsin
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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.