Cathedral Gorge State Park, Panaca

#15 of 68 in Nature in Nevada
Cathedral Gorge State Park is a public recreation and nature preserve area featuring a gorge eroded through soft bentonite clay near Panaca, Nevada. The state park covers more than along U.S. Route 93, north of the west end of State Route 319.
Cathedral Gorge, once known as Cathedral Gulch, has been a popular spot for local visitors since the nineteenth century. In the 1920s, its scenery provided a background for pageants and Shakespearean performers. The various naturally formed crevices were used as dressing rooms and as a backstage where actors and actresses would prepare. Governor James Scrugham began acquiring and setting aside the area for preservation in 1924, and in 1935, it was established as one of the four original Nevada state parks. Its early construction was undertaken by members of the Civilian Conservation Corps. Their work can be seen in the picnicking facilities that are still used and the stone water tower which is no longer in operation.
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  • The Cathedral Gorge State Park is well worth your time, whether for an hour or a day. There is a nice campground for both trailers or tents. Exploring the small canyons created by the water erosion is...  more »
  • Visited here in June on a beautiful clear sunny morning. Headed straight for the caves and lots of fun squeezing through the rocks. Definately worth a detour.  more »
  • A very surreal experience. Cheap to get in, very easy access from the highway. So incredible to walk around and explore this area.
  • Beautiful park with beautiful scenery. Unfortunately it was still rather wet when we had set out on our hike and ended up trekking through mud the entire time. It was a fun experience and worth the mud time and time again. Waiting a little to go back and do their 2/4 mile hike!

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