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Hidden jewel of the west

I have been to Capitol Reef NP twice before, but did not get off the paved roads. I found the... read more

Reviewed 3 January 2018
GreggeryPeccary
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Bowling Green, Kentucky
great rock formations

It is a loop road best viewed when starting from the Torrey side. The view is out standing coming... read more

Reviewed 19 November 2017
Guy C
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Scenic area accessible by dirt road vehicles or hikers.
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Reviewed 3 January 2018

I have been to Capitol Reef NP twice before, but did not get off the paved roads. I found the entire loop road spectacular especially Cathedral Valley itself with the two large monoliths rising up. For me, Cathedral Valley is arguably the best locality in...More

Thank GreggeryPeccary
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Reviewed 19 November 2017

It is a loop road best viewed when starting from the Torrey side. The view is out standing coming from that way as you descend into the valley. It is a dirt loop road which takes most of the day if one stops at the...More

Thank Guy C
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Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

We drove this road from Caineville to the cathedral valley campground. The road requires a high clearance vehicle - even in our SUV we struggled at times. It took over three hours with photo stops so be prepared for a long bumpy ride. The views...More

1  Thank chowso
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Reviewed 30 June 2017 via mobile

5 hours gets you to only the temple of moon and sun, with a some time for pictures and hiking. The roads are rough and Sandy, so you have to go slow. The first part is other worldly. Then a lot nothing. Final you get...More

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Reviewed 15 June 2017

We rented a Jeep from the Thousand Lakes campground and took it down this road. The road was not bad at all - it was a little bumpy in some parts due to the road being washed out. The river was not high at all...More

Thank Ginas418
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Reviewed 12 May 2017

I have done the loop before. Be sure to check with the visitor center to see how high is the Fremont river before crossing it. This time, I focused on the Temples of the Sun and Moon in Cathedral Valley. I did a practice drive...More

1  Thank 427BeatleBob
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Reviewed 29 April 2017

We did not take the whole Cathedral Valley Loop. Our guide suggested that the best use of our time would be to go directly to the formations called Temple of the Sun and Moon for the sunrise, then leave the park to go to Goblin...More

Thank Theresa C
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Reviewed 21 April 2017

Best enjoyed by a higher clearance 4wd vehicle, and perhaps with at least one other vehicle, this area is remote and there are no services. So gas up, bring a lunch, and enjoy! It is well worth the trip.

1  Thank Janet F
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Reviewed 5 April 2017

The Cathedral Valley drive is a loop that can be divided into two halves. We started with the southwestern half of the loop, Hartnet Road, which begins with a ford of the Freemont River and then runs north of the South Desert. We camped overnight...More

9  Thank tlinn-com
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

My wife and I visited with her sister and soon to be husband. We loved the drive and seeing the Temples of the Sun and Moon. We did some exploring from the wash over to the ridge. I would highly recommend getting out of the...More

1  Thank michaeljamiejohnston
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flyfisher4102016
22 May 2016|
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Response from killer_bob | Reviewed this property |
As with most landscape areas sunrise and sunset offer the best photo opportunities. Since traveling the loop takes 6-9 hours depending on how long you stop for, it is obviously not possible to be everywhere in perfect... More
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Teresa R
3 March 2016|
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Response from killer_bob | Reviewed this property |
Five hours would be a fairly quick loop, I drive tours around the loop and typically take 8 hours (Torrey to Torrey) including a short lunch break. Just the dirt section takes about 6 hours of that I estimate.
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Marie-Hélène F
4 February 2016|
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Response from killer_bob | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure who you are asking with this question but in general rental car insurance does not cover driving on dirt roads.
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