Cathedral Valley 4×4 Tour

Cathedral Valley Loop

This amazing loop drive, 60 miles of which is off-road, takes you deep into the remote northern backcountry of Capitol Reef National Park. On the way you will travel through the Fremont River Gorge Canyon, which iconic Western writer Edward Abbey termed the most stunning one in Capitol Reef. This trip highlights the striking Cathedral Valley, so named because of the similarities original visitors found between the sandstone monuments and old cathedrals in Europe.

*For an additional $50 per person, this can be a custom-made trip. Different departure times can be arranged for photography-specific tours or to make this a private tour.

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Our guides have traveled this high clearance, 4-wheel-drive, two-track road many times and have plenty of navigation experience as well as knowledge of the most interesting sights to point out. First thing in the morning, you meet your guide at our retail shop in Torrey, conveniently located at the junction of highways 24 and 12. On the way, you will pass the National Park system's oldest orchard (dating from Mormon pioneer days), historic structures including a school and a settler cabin, and some of the most awe-inspiring natural features in Capitol Reef.
You will then turn onto the dirt Cathedral Valley road for a drive that showcases sandstone rock spires and towering natural monuments. The vistas along this route include views of Thousand Lake Mountain, Boulder Mountain, and the Henry Mountains, which were the last-explored, last-mapped, and last-named mountains in the lower 48. Lunch on this trip will be at a stop overlooking the Cathedral Valley, a perfect picture-taking site.
There is the additional option of stretching your legs for a brief stroll either at this lunch stop or around the base of the two most well-known features in Cathedral Valley, Temple of the Sun and Temple of the Moon. After lunch you continue on through the Hartnet Draw across the Bentonite Hills through Blue Valley. A memorable ending to the trip is when you cross the Fremont River at the River Ford! These trips usually return to the office between 4 and 5 PM.


Price: $150.00

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