Colorado Plateau Photo Odyssey 21: Cathedral Gorge

Cathedral Gorge SP13-54

Cathedral Gorge is a state park in Nevada, just north of Panaca along Highway 93. The park is fairly small in size with two sections: a larger, southern section with a campground and self-pay station; and a smaller, northern section, “Miller Point,” with a parking lot, small bathroom, and a trail into a ravine:

Cathedral gorge consists of a series of natural, wind and erosion sculpted formations made of bentonite clay. They are slightly reminiscent of formations found elsewhere on the Colorado Plateau, except these are whitish gray, rather than red or orange or whitish pink in complexion, like so many of the formations in nearby Utah. On the penultimate day of my Colorado Plateau odyssey, I ventured forth early in the morning from Cedar City and drove west toward the Nevada border. About an hour after sunrise I arrived in the tiny hamlet of Panaca. Here I turned north on Highway 93 and drove the several miles to Cathedral Gorge State Park. There were thin, high clouds decorating the sky, and the light was very good for photographing these formations. Driving around the southern area of the park, it seemed clear that this was probably a park better photographed in the late afternoon, early evening. But there was still some interesting formations facing east:

If you walk up-close to these formations, you can find narrow crevices to wander in and get lost:

Miller’s Point provides more erosion carved cliffs and other curious structures to gape at: