We knew this place was going to be good and we were excited about it. We arrived in the dark and did not realize the splendor of the area we had parked in until the next morning. The next morning when we opened our blinds we couldn’t help but stare at the cliffs around us. Wow! The columns and spires carved into the soft clay make for a spectacular view. Click below to see our adventures at Cathedral Gorge State Park:
The whole area is the result of a layer of ancient volcanic ash that was eventually covered by a lake. After everything dried up, the exposed layers of silt and clay were eroded by the wind and rains to form what we see here today. Apparently, the soft clay erodes so quickly that it can look a little bit different every time you visit.
The best way to describe it would be to imagine the colors and layers of Badlands National Park, then carve caves and small slot canyons into it. If that doesn’t make you want to check it out, I don’t know what will!
Nevada State Parks do not take reservations. Getting into a first come first served campground can sometimes be frustrating. However, I am sure it also has something to do with why Nevada State Park campgrounds tend to be a little cheaper than some other states. It was only $25 a night for our very spacious site with a 50A hookup. Water and sewer hookups are not available at your site, but there is a dump station near the entrance.
If you cannot find a spot when you get there, there are some other campgrounds in the vicinity. Kershaw-Ryan State Park is just 18 miles away to the south and Echo Canyon State Park is only 20 miles east. We haven’t stayed at either of these parks but they were our plan B and C in case Cathedral Gorge didn’t work out.
Make sure you bring cash! Make that exact change for the length of your stay if you can. The pay stations are just an envelope that you fill out, insert cash, and drop through a slot.
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If you’d like to read about our RV and other RV adventures, then check out some of our other posts :
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- The Ghost Town of Rhyolite, Nevada
- Bonneville Salt Flats & Lemoille Canyon
- Buckhorn Wash | Pictographs and Canyons
- The Wedge + Little Grand Canyon
- Kootenai Swinging Bridge & Falls | Montana National Forest Boondocking
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