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Cathedral Gorge State Park

Eastern Nevada, Nevada

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  • Cathedral Gorge State Park. Visitor Center.- Cathedral Gorge State Park
  • Inside the visitor center.- Cathedral Gorge State Park
  • Self pay station at the day use area.- Cathedral Gorge State Park
  • Grills at the day use area.- Cathedral Gorge State Park
  • The short Nature Trail Loop near the day use area.- Cathedral Gorge State Park
  • An old Civilian Conservation Corps-built stone water tower remains standing along the road.- Cathedral Gorge State Park
  • Civilian Conservation Corps-built covered picnic area near the caves area, also the trailhead for the Juniper Draw Loop and Miller Point trails.- Cathedral Gorge State Park
  • Caves area.- Cathedral Gorge State Park
  • Inside the caves.- Cathedral Gorge State Park
  • Miller Point Trail weaving up the wash.- Cathedral Gorge State Park
  • Cathedral Gorge State Park.- Cathedral Gorge State Park
  • Miller Point at the end of the trail.- Cathedral Gorge State Park
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  • The Juniper Draw Trail travels into the basin of the park.- Cathedral Gorge State Park
  • - Cathedral Gorge State Park
  • Sign at the Miller Point/Eagle Point Trail parking area.- Cathedral Gorge State Park
  • Informational signage along the Eagle Point Trail.- Cathedral Gorge State Park
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  • A bench with a panoramic view overlooking the park at the end of the Eagle Point Trail.- Cathedral Gorge State Park
  • Historic Bullionville Cemetery located up a short trail from the visitor center.- Cathedral Gorge State Park
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
A very unique landscape. Distant from population centers and less crowded than other parks in the state.
Cons: 
Much of the area is shadeless and can get HOT.
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Region:
Eastern Nevada, NV
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Parking Pass: 
State Park Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Cathedral Gorge State Park is one of the most unique, and often overlooked jewels of the state of Nevada. Sitting in the mountainous desert along the eastern edge of the state, the area was once the bottom of a freshwater lake. Over time, volcanoes, earthquakes, water and erosion interacted with varying layers of rock, sediment, silt and clay to form a landscape of spired slot canyons devoid of any type of vegetation, that surround a wide flat basin. 

Through different areas of the park, it is possible to explore caves and narrow washes wide enough for a single person to pass through and to walk the ridges along the tops of the cliffs to panoramic vistas of the region.

Having become one of Nevada's first four state parks in 1935, today Cathedral Gorge offers a small car-accessible campground, two group sites, as well as an assortment of trails.

The Nature Trail and Bullionville Cemetery Trail are both under a mile and explore two different facets of the park - the desert landscape marked by informational signs, and a small cemetery from the area's mining days, respectively.

Those looking to explore the uniqueness of the landscape can take on the slightly more difficult hikes of the Juniper Draw Loop that explores the basin of the park, along with some of the cliffs and slot canyons, or the incredibly scenic Miller Point Trail that follows a canyon bottom before climbing the spired rocks to a viewpoint that overlooks the park.

Finally, the Eagle Point Overlook offers a short flat trail to a panoramic vista for those who would prefer to avoid the more technical Miller Point Trail.

Desert fauna abound here, including cottontail and black-tailed jackrabbits and several types of snakes, or the nocturnal animals such as kangaroo rats, kit foxes coyotes and mule deer. 

Some active and no-longer active projects of the Civilian Conservation Corps line the park paths, including a water tower, bathrooms and covered picnic facilities originally constructed in the 1930s.

Upon entering the park, the recently-renovated visitor center offers a gift shop, bathrooms and water, and helpful rangers. 

Make sure to fill up water at the visitor center or campground before venturing off to the trails as there is no water and very little shade throughout the park. There are no major grocery stores located anywhere nearby, so come stocked up on food and necessities.

Cathedral Gorge State Park is a unique experience, and combined with its off-the-beaten-path location, it means that visitors can experience a scenic and beautiful area in the absence of large crowds.

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