Day 405: Cathedral Gorge State Park

This morning we woke up to our first view from our lakeside campsite at Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge:

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It’s pretty hot here, so we’re moving on this morning, but first we went for a short hike:

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Continuing North, we arrived at Cathedral Gorge State Park.  I first visited this park as a junior high school student while on an OMSI summer trip.  I’ve wanted to come back ever since to revisit the amazing slot canyons here:

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The formation is eroded volcanic ash.  Rains wear down the ash into spires:

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In some places, surface water has eroded slot canyons into the formation:

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The slot walls are about 50 feet high:

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It does get narrow in spots:

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Looking up:

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The slot canyon walls have a variety of textures, depending on how much water flows over them during rain storms:

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M found a tunnel:

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I crawled through first:

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The tunnel opened up into another slot canyon:

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There was a rope that could be used to climb up to a hanging cave above:

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Working my way back out of the tunnel.  It was a tight fit!

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We managed to get on top of the formation, but we had to be careful to avoid falling into slot canyons below:

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We found more canyons:

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Walking around outside:

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CCC water tower:

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We all really enjoyed exploring the slot canyons here!

Continuing North, we arrived after dark at Great Basin National Park and overnighted on adjacent BLM land.  We had trouble finding a spot in the dark that would work, but it should do for just one night.

See the trip map for driving details.

Day 404: This Is Not an Error
Day 406: Great Basin National Park

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