Cathedral Valley

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The Cathedral Valley is so-called because its large rock formations resemble cathedral spires. The Cathedral Valley lies in the far northern reaches of Capitol Reef National Park. Access to the Cathedral Valley is via two different rough dirt roads, the more direct route requires fording the Fremont River, the other taking a longer, scenic route to the Cathedral Valley. Solitude is assured when reaching the area and spectacular sites abound. One of the more interesting features of the area is what is known as the “Gypsum Sinkhole”, a 150 foot hole where a gypsum vein collapsed due to water erosion from the sandstone cliff directly above it.