This loop in the park's far north will appeal to adventurous mountain bikers looking for a challenge in a remote area. The backroad route totals more than 60 miles and includes sections of steep hills, sand, mud (when washes are flowing), and a ford of the Fremont River (usually 1–1.5 feet deep). Spring and autumn are the times to go. Water is scarce, so a visit takes planning. Cathedral Valley Campground near the halfway point on the loop is a good place to overnight. The loop begins from UT 24 east of the park; take either Harnet Road (11.7 miles east of the visitor center) or Caineville Wash Road (18.6 miles east of the visitor center).

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Expert Review of Cathedral Canyon Loop

Parks and Outdoors Review of Cathedral Canyon Loop

Away Travel Expert: Kim Lipker
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ParksExpert Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Camping,Day Hiking,Scenic Drives,Sustainable Travel
Parks and OutdoorsExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • This route is also popular with mountain bikers. If driving, it is recommended for high-clearance and four-wheel-drive vehicles only.
  • Be aware that you will be crossing the Fremont River (typically only about one to two feet deep).

northern section of the park
Capitol Reef National Park, HC 70 Box 15
Torrey, Utah 84775
Parking: always open, weather permitting

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 435-425-3791 x111
Fax: 435-425-3026
Transportation: car
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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