Cathedral Valley is a little visited area in Capitol Reef National Park in Utah, United States. The most common way to visit it is to do drive the 57.6 mile loop road beginning with a Fremont river crossing and looping back to highway 24 near Caineville. It takes about 6 hours to do the whole loop with adequate time to stop and take in the sights.

The river crossing and navigating the other obstacles need to be considered carefully. I have written a companion article that goes into the needed details as well as what we encountered on our trip.

Below I have put some hi-resolution pictures from our trip. The pictures are in order as we experienced them doing the Cathedral Valley loop clockwise, which is the recommended way to do it. The area is very remote, so please read my detailed article to make sure you are prepared and know what you are signing up for. Despite the bit of extra effort, Cathedral Valley is well worth your time and you’ll have good memories of its vast landscape and towering scenic monoliths.

River Crossing Sign, Cathedral Valley, Capitol Reef National Park
River Crossing Sign
River Crossing Route, Cathedral Valley, Capitol Reef National Park
River Crossing Route

Cathedral Valley, Capitol Reef National Park

Cathedral Valley, Capitol Reef National Park

Cathedral Valley, Capitol Reef National Park

Cathedral Valley, Capitol Reef National Park

South Desert Overlook, Cathedral Valley, Capitol Reef National Park
Lower South Desert Overlook
South Desert Overlook, Cathedral Valley, Capitol Reef National Park
Lower South Desert Overlook

Cathedral Valley, Capitol Reef National Park

Upper South Desert Overlook, Cathedral Valley, Capitol Reef National Park
Upper South Desert Overlook
Upper Cathedral Valley Overlook, Cathedral Valley, Capitol Reef National Park
Upper Cathedral Valley Overlook
Upper Cathedral Valley, Capitol Reef National Park
Upper Cathedral Valley

Cathedral Valley, Capitol Reef National Park

Cathedral Valley, Capitol Reef National Park

Cathedral Valley, Capitol Reef National Park

Gypsum Sinkhole, Cathedral Valley, Capitol Reef National Park
Gypsum Sinkhole

Cathedral Valley, Capitol Reef National Park

Cathedral Valley, Capitol Reef National Park

Cathedral Valley, Capitol Reef National Park

Cathedral Valley, Capitol Reef National Park

Cathedral Valley, Capitol Reef National Park

Temple of the Sun, Cathedral Valley, Capitol Reef National Park

Glass Mountain, Cathedral Valley, Capitol Reef National Park
Glass Mountain with Temple of the Sun
Glass Mountain, Cathedral Valley, Capitol Reef National Park
Glass Mountain with Temple of the Sun
Glass Mountain, Cathedral Valley, Capitol Reef National Park
King of Glass Mountain
Temple of the Sun, Cathedral Valley, Capitol Reef National Park
Temple of the Sun
Cathedral Valley, Capitol Reef National Park
Temple of the Sun
Cathedral Valley, Capitol Reef National Park
Temples of the Moon and Sun

Cathedral Valley, Capitol Reef National Park

Cathedral Valley, Capitol Reef National Park

Caineville Sign, Cathedral Valley, Capitol Reef National Park
Caineville Sign at Access to Cathedral Valley Road

Read my detailed article on Cathedral Valley here.

Cathedral Valley is part of the underappreciated Capitol Reef National Park. This park has varied experiences and landscapes for you to enjoy. Read all about it here.

Utah is a great state for sight-seeing and adventure. Read about other things to do in Utah here.

See my national park articles with excellent advice here.

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