This loop was designed for 4WD
vehicles or a high clearance vehicle.
The weather varies greatly and will
affect the road conditions greatly. Be
sure to check the Visitors Center
before starting out on your tour.
If you run into problems, help may not
be able to arrive for days so make
sure you are prepared with enough
food, water and clothing.
Make sure that you
check the weather before
coming to Cathedral Valley.
When you are actually going to
do the trail, be sure to have
the most recent weather
report. This will provide you
with the ability to make better,
more safe decisions when you
are on the trail.
The loop connects to Highway 24 at the Hartnet Road
and the Cainville Wash Road. Trail Type
The Cathedral Valley Loop is a SELF-GUIDED auto
tour. The loop is opened to travel all year. Distance
The loop is 60 miles long. Plan extra time in case of
rough roads and for exploring the area. Difficulty Moderate
Easy-Moderate. Use wise judgment when driving on
the road. Weather conditions can change rapidly causing
parts of the road to become impassable and difficult
for even the best off-road vehicles.
A Natural Attraction
The unique landscape of the Cathedral Valley has fascinated travelers for years. Named for its visual similarities to the
temples in Egypt and Gothic-style Cathedrals,
this valley has views from nature that will
amaze even the most cultured of world
travelers. With monolith formations and
desert vistas that are millions of years old,
the Cathedral Valley has very little that
will ever compare to it.
Part of the Loop goes through Capitol Reef National
Park on a B.L.M. road. There is no charge to pass
through the park on this road.
Trail Coordinates / Points of Interest
|Name (Click name below to view map)||GPS||Latitiude||Longitude|
|Cathedral Valley||38d29'20.922" N 111d21'32.6226" W||38.489145||-111.359062|
Do it at your own pace
There is no rush for anyone to do the tour quickly.
Located half way through the tour there is a six site
campground available to the public. This is in a
great location with great places and views to explore
within a short distance.
Wood and water are not supplied so be sure to have
enough to last through the duration of your stay.
Get a closer look
The Loop is lined with several places to park
and go for a short hike. Pay attention to the
road markers and stop for a short hike in many
different spots. Some great points of int River
Ford, Bentonite Hills, The Hartner, Gypsum
Sink Hole, Factory Butte, Temple Of The Sun
and Temple Of The Moon.
Take in the views
There are several places to stop and take in
the incredible views.
The distance indicated depends on your starting point.
Lower South Desert Overlook - Hartnet 14 mi, Cainville 44 mi
Lower Cathedral Valley Overlook - Hartnet 17 mi, Cainville 41 mi
Upper South Desert Overlook - Hartnet 27 mi, Cainville 31 mi
Upper Cathedral Valley Overlook - Hartnet mi 27.5, Cainville 30.5 mi