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).

Address:
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
Email: care_interpretation@nps.gov
Transportation: car
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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