Sunday, March 27, 2016

Cathedral Gorge State Park

  Cathedral Gorge State Park is small, only 2 1/2 miles long and less than a mile wide but it’s very scenic with tall spire formations and little slot canyons. The spires are a combination of silt, clay, and volcanic ash sediments from an ancient lake. Erosion from rain water and melting snow has carved through the soft material.
  The park has six short trails. None of them are accessible due to soft ground. Wheelchair users can get close to the spires with a bit of help.

  The visitor center was closed when we visited. We did not check out the campground.

  The parking areas are large enough for RVs.

  There’s a $7.00 entrance fee per vehicle. If you’re just passing through and don’t want to pay the fee stop at the overlook 3 miles north of the park for a nice view into the canyon. Room enough for RVs to park and turn around.
Park      37.80372, -114.40744


  1. Wondered if you were going to make it there...we camped for a night so I got close, Marcia saw stuff from the car for the most part.

    1. We're glad that we went. It was one of those spur of the moment things. We didn't know much about the park but after stopping at the overlook we were curious about the rest of the park. Quite a surprise to find all those cool spires in a rather ordinary desert landscape.

  2. Hadn't heard about this one, but it sounds like a great place to check out. (not in summer, tho!)