Exploring Cathedral Gorge State Park, Nevada

Cathedral Gorge State Park

Tucked away in southeastern Nevada, in between the tiny towns of Pioche and Panaca, you’ll find Cathedral Gorge State Park. This beautiful place was formed from volcanic activity. Over time, the faults formed a valley which eventually led to a freshwater lake, followed by the gradual draining of the freshwater lake. What remains is a picturesque, completely unexpected mass of spires, caves, and slot canyons.

You can read more about how this parked was formed millions of years ago here.

Cathedral Gorge
Cathedral Gorge

Located about 2.5 hours from Vegas (And almost 7 hours from Carson City, Nevada, where I live.), this 2,000 acre park offers several miles of hiking trails. You can cover all of them in one day, or stretch it out over two.

Cathedral Gorge
Cathedral Gorge
Cathedral Gorge

If you want to stay overnight, the campground has 22 first come, first served campsites with nearby water and flush toilets. Each site has a fire ring, a grill, and a structure for shade. The sites are pleasant enough, but offer no privacy.

Check out the slot canyons scattered throughout the Cathedral and Canyon Caves.
Cathedral Gorge
Cathedral Gorge
Cathedral Gorge
Cathedral Gorge
The Miller Point Trail is a one mile (one way) hike that winds you through a gorgeous canyon. It takes you from a parking area off of Hwy 93 to the day use picnic area at Cathedral Caves (across from the campground).
Miller Point Trail
Miller Point Trail
Miller Point Trail
Cathedral Gorge became a state park in 1935. The Civilian Conservation Corps built many of the parks facilities, including the water tower (which is no longer in use) you see in the middle of this photo.
Cathedral Gorge
Cathedral Gorge
The Nature Loop Trail is short 1/2 mile hike with interpretive signs.

Cathedral Gorge is an amazing place to explore, with opportunities to hike, camp, and view wildlife. Add this park to your list as a “must see” destination when you’re traveling through the area. And don’t forget your camera!

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