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    Pinoches most famous building
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  • Eroded gullies of Catedral Gorge
    Eroded gullies of Catedral Gorge
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    by mtncorg Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Slashed into the hillsides just west of US 93 near Panaca are the eroded gullies of Cathedral Gorge. Unlike the sandstone pink flutes and hoodoos found at Cedar Breaks and Bryce Canyon due east of here, Cathedral Gorge is composed of muted tan badlands-like clay formations resulting from an ancient lakebed being uplifted and then subsequent erosion forming the flutes, columns and gullies found today. The main entrance to the park is almost opposite the road going east off US 93 to Panaca. Here you come past a regional visitor center to a picnic area built in the 1930's by the CCC and a nice campground with 22 sites and showers available. From the picnic area, a trail goes up the main eroded gully eventually coming up onto the canyon rim at the Miller Point Overlook, which can be accessed off US 93 a few miles north of the main entrance road. Entry into the park is $4 and camping is about $14. Cathedral Gorge was one of the first four State Parks to be established in Nevada, dating back to 1935.

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    by mtncorg Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Cathedral Gorge can be looked down upon from the canyon rim here at Miller Point, accessed via a side road off US 93 a few miles north of the main park entrance. One short nature trail loops off to give the visitor a chance to discover more about the local flora and the fact that there is actually much more out there than just sagebrush. You can walk farther on to the Eagle View - 0.5 miles one way - or drop down into the main gorge and observe the pillars and rivulets firsthand. Rest rooms and picnic facilities are available up on the rim.

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    by 10eke Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Cathedral Gorge State Park

    This was a surprising little state park that we found on our way from Las Vegas to Utah.
    Erosion has made steep narrow cuts in the soft bentonite clay. The cuts look like the folds of curtains. Some seem to be transparent in the glaring Nevada sun, but this is only caused by the play of the shadows.

    You can get a good overview from Miller Point, just north of the park entrance on Hwy 93.

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