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Anthony Skelly reviewed Cathedral Valley OHV Loop Tour
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I didn’t actually do this route, but I wanted to share what a ranger told me, which deterred me from trying. It’s apparently very slick and wet around the Temple of the Moon area. Vehicles are getting stuck fairly often. The ranger said the conditions haven’t been this bad in years. Proceed at your own risk

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rachaelnobbs User reviewed Cathedral Valley OHV Loop Tour
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Off Road DrivingOff trail

Lessons learned: I drive a 2018 Subaru Forester and we got stuck in the DEEP SOFT SAND. Definitely our fault, but the NPS website said: “Vehicles with high ground clearance, even those without four wheel drive, can usually negotiate the roads without difficulty.” So advice would be- Turn off your anti-skid breaking, keep your car in low, and bring a shovel ( or ya know backpacking pots- whatever you have) to get yourself out. All in all, very beautiful views, did not go as planned for us. Best of luck.

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Scenic drivingRocky

We took our new 2020 Subaru Forester (stock tires) out. A little nervous at first, but that 8.7” of ground clearance forded the river & handled the bumps. X-mode assisted with the sandy bits. Check with ranger to see how deep the river is & make sure it’s not going to rain, as bentonite clay gets real slippery when wet. We found the $3 guide from the visitor center very useful for points of interest. Keep in mind that the mileage in the guide only lines up when you do each turn-off. Our favorite side-trips were the Gypsum Sinkhole, Temple of the Sun & Temple of the Moon. We actually got cell & internet signal up at the upper South Desert Overlook. It was also one of our favorite stops. Sweeping views on the desert floor. It took us about 6 hours & we stopped several times, for under 20 minutes at each stop.

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Beverly Familar reviewed Cathedral Valley OHV Loop Tour
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Off Road Driving

This trail is gorgeous! You go through so many different ecosystems, from desert sagebrush to juniper pines. The rock formations in Cathedral Valley are fantastic! If you decide to ford the river, check the depth before you go in. They say you should start at the river and end at the eastern point. Not a bad idea, in case the water is deep. When you start at the river, STAY TO THE RIGHT (most shallow), until you get to right in front of the left bank where you will exit. Then turn to exit. I hope that makes sense, but there are some good youtube videos on this. Finally, if you are only doing the 15 miles to the Temples of the Sun and Moon from the eastern point, my opinion is you need a 4x4. While most of it is passable with a high clearance 2wd, you will run into DEEP sand at points on the OHV trail. Don't get stuck! Stop at the Capitol Reel Visitor Center and ask about weather and road conditions. They also have a guide map indicating all the stops on the route, for about $3. This whole route took me 5 hours, with stops and pictures, so plan accordingly.

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James Gerrard reviewed Cathedral Valley OHV Loop Tour
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Off Road DrivingNo shade

I hate reading reviews that mark down an amazing trail because people weren’t prepared. Just because you didn’t check the weather before you went out doesn’t mean the trail is no good . This route is amazing!! Especially when you get to Temple of the Sun!!! One of the best views in the park. There are tons of overlooks and short trails to walk up for amazing views so bring a camera, food, and water because you could spend all day out here if you wanted. The road is a bit rocky and sandy in parts, but a Subaru with offroad tires or better will get you through no problem. If you don’t want to do the whole route but want to see Temple of the Sun, grab a Nat Geo map from the Chuck Wagon and you will see a 4x4 road cut through the middle. I was in a stock Jeep with larger tires and made it no prob, and saved a ton of time since I have done this trail in the past. A stock long bed pickup truck may have issues with the 4x4 road, but if you have good clearance you should be fine. Enjoy!!! Best route in the park.

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brian donnellan reviewed Cathedral Valley OHV Loop Tour
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Maggie Sonntag reviewed Cathedral Valley OHV Loop Tour
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Hiking

Lost a teal green Fanny pack near the temple of the sun and the moon. If found please email me at maggiesonntag1@gmail.com There are some special rolls of film from my road trip on there and I would be sad to loose them. Thank you

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Breck Tuttle reviewed Burr Trail OHV Road
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Scenic driving

After 40 years of wanting to get out and drive this road I was surprised to seen that nearly 30 miles of this drive to the Muley Twist switchback is now paved. My wife doesn't like driving washboarded dirt roads so she enjoyed the drive a lot more. I though the Muley Twist switchbacks were amazing. When we got to the bottom where the Burr Trail mets the Notom-Bullfrog road we stopped for a nice lunch. When I started back up the Muley Twist my wife said to me we're not going back up are we. When I told her that it was the fastest way back to the hotel she gave in.

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Breck Tuttle reviewed Burr Trail OHV Road
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Scenic driving

I was very surprised to find the road paved all the way to the Capitol Reef park boundary. Our original plan was to camp at the Cedar Mesa Campground on the Notom-Bullfrog road and return the next day to finish the Burr Trail. Unfortunately the small campground was already full at 4pm. Must have driven over some glass in the campground because we got a flat tire shortly after and drove to Bicknell and spent the night so we could get the flat fixed and finish the remainder of the trail the next day.

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Charlie Maynard reviewed Cathedral Valley OHV Loop Tour
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Glad I had my Jeep. Started around 9 am and finished around 2, though I took 1 hour by the campground to eat lunch and hang out. If you feel confident about your vehicle crossing the creek/river, then you should be fine for the rest of it though I recommend starting there and driving clockwise. Super fun and beautiful drive. Would gladly do it again.

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Si Tibbetts reviewed Burr Trail OHV Road
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did this in january 2020. should I have? absolutely not. but an amazing experience. started in boulder > bullfrog > hanksville > torrey.

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Bill Garcia reviewed Strike Valley Overlook Trail
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Hiking

Great hike with awesome views at the Strike Valley Overlook. I hiked from the 2WD parking lot but my RAV4 could've made it all the way, some guy drove up to it in his mini-van, as did somebody in their Subaru Outback. Hike was very level, my GPS showed 400 feet vertical and I was never aware of any slope. Lots of great rock formations and cliffs along the way, really fun because there was always something to look at.

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Fred Wood reviewed Burr Trail OHV Road
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excellent and scenic - you might want to avoid the 4wd Wolverine Loop. dusty drive and not much to see. don't miss Singing Canyon ..

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M W reviewed Burr Trail OHV Road
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Hiking

We did this drive (rt 24 to boulder via the switchbacks) in an AWD SUV on a sunny day with no issues. Definitely take the time to do it! You get up close and personal with the Waterpocket Fold, see some gorgeous wild flowers, and take in the absolute beauty of the area.

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Chris Brosky reviewed Cathedral Valley OHV Loop Tour
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Hiking

Awesome!! Gonna need a 4WD vehicle. We rented a Jeep Rubicon and owned this very rough and rocky road. Even crossed a river.

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Ryan IG @Anderson.outdoors reviewed Cathedral Valley OHV Loop Tour
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Fun day trip to Planet Mars. We drove our Hyundai Santa Fe and it did fine. A regular sedan would probably high center in a couple spots, but the road was good all things considered. We attempted to camp at the Cathedral Valley CG, but the bugs are insane. Sand flies were overwhelming. There were plenty of pullout camp sites on the blm land outside of CR NP boundaries. Bugs were still bad, but better than the actual campground. The full loop took us about 6 hours as suggested by the NP Visitor Center. Make sure to check in with the Rangers at the visitor center before you hit the trail.

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Justin Luthey reviewed Cathedral Valley OHV Loop Tour
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Awesome off-road experience. Views at the top of cathedral valley were stunning. If you start at river ford, the first half seems long but totally worth it. Definitely stop at all the overlooks. Don’t miss the road to gypsum sinkhole (stay to the right at the sign).

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nobullshoot . reviewed Strike Valley Overlook Trail
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Hiking

definite 4.5 star. The 4x4 experience was cool in the rented Rubicon jeep. The short hike on slick rock was great. the views awesome. This is a no brainer must do. My son climbed the large slick rock dome near the lookout, it can offer some more extreme climbs and views. Because of the pending storm and dark skys the views going on Notom bullfrog to Capital reef produced incredible views and pictures!

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David Plemons reviewed Little Death Hollow
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This is one of my favorite hikes. Recommend as an overnight hike. It has some obstacles and challenges along the way. The whole experience from the drive in on the dirt road was beautiful. Parked vehicle at the end of hike, Wolverine TH. Start hike at the LDH TH. The most difficult part of the hike is the last few miles of LDH. When you will have the most fatigue, so give yourself plenty of time to get through this section and time to rest. There’s good camping at the confluence of LDH and Wolverine. There’s also a good spot around mile 9. We hiked when it was mostly dry with a few puddles towards the end of LDH, which were crossed with some climbing and balancing across a few logs. This was a super amazing experience. Would love to do this again. The Wolverine section is not as difficult and completes the hike with so much beauty.

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Nghi Tran reviewed Burr Trail OHV Road
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Off Road Driving

Wow, the road is quite long but it’s worth if you have time. We drove.from Boulder all the way to Bullfrog on a 4Runner OffRoad 4x4. A regular SUV would be fine on dry condition. The scenic is breathtaking. You don’t have to go all the way To Bullfrog. At the split, you could go back to Highway 24.

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Off Road Driving

You can’t miss this scenic drive. We just did in a 4Runner 4x4. I don’t think you need 4x4 if the weather is good and the roads are dry. But a SUV is definitely required. It’s a long drive but well worth it.

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Denise Carty reviewed Burr Trail OHV Road
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Hiked the Upper trail of The Gulch. Not that interesting compared to other options in the area

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Laura Murphy reviewed Cathedral Valley OHV Loop Tour
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Off Road Driving

We picked up a Guide ($3) at the Capitol Reef Visitor Center in Fruita, UT. Best $3 we've ever spent! The guide provides you with geologic and historical explanations of the area. This is a spectacular drive! No problem fording the Fremont River-which was about 1.5" high. We did this drive May 3, 2019 in our 3" lifted Jeep Wrangler. The road graders were working their way through a couple rough spots. But we had no problems.

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Doug Holstein reviewed Burr Trail OHV Road
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Did this drive in October. Only completed the top 12 miles as I was constantly out of the car to admire and photograph. can’t say enough about the incredible sandstone bluffs and overall beauty of this drive. Also, you’ll be accessing it via gorgeous route 12. Simply some of the best scenery in all the southwest in my book

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Jason Money reviewed Little Death Hollow
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I'm 99% sure, these pictures are from Death Hollow, a very different hike north of Lower Calf Creek Falls.

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Jared Mathews reviewed Cathedral Valley OHV Loop Tour
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Started at the creek crossing in a Nissan Pathfinder 4 wd, but didn't need 4 wd. First half is rougher than the second half, which is pretty smooth and a fairly good clip can be maintained. Clear skies, and only saw one other vehicle (Subaru Wagon) on the back half. Roughest section is about a mile or two each direction from the Cathedral Valley Campground.

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Patrick Moran reviewed Cathedral Valley OHV Loop Tour
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Off Road Driving

Drove this in early November. I came in from the north along BLM route 920/1 from I-70 and camped on BLM land just east of Temple of The Sun. Vehicle was Jeep Grand Cherokee with 33" BFG KO2 and 2" lift. Most of the route is pretty easy and could be complete with a stock GC with good tires. There were some stretches of the road that turned into 8" deep gravel mud trenches from melting snow coming off the mountains. The northern half of the loop coming in from Caineville wash was the easiest part. I saw a couple stock Subaru Outbacks in that area that seemed fine. The southern part of the loop from the Fremont river to the campground switchbacks was sprinkled with more challenging stuff. There are numerous hiking trails along the way that allow you to explore mover of the South Desert and Cathedral Valley. Enough to help break up the drive and allow you to stretch your legs. If you are looking for more of a challenging drive there are a bunch of old mining/BLM routes along the way to push the limits of your vehicle.

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