Cathedral Valley

Torrey, Utah

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This 65-mile loop is a grand outing, but one that only the fittest riders should attempt in one day, and even then only in the best of weather conditions. Aerobically, the ride is moderate in difficulty, assuming you don’t try it in one day (which would jack it up to most difficult); technically, it’s easy, over generally smooth roads of sand, bentonite, and compacted sediments. Early in the ride, as you twist your way north/northwestward, going generally uphill, you’ll earn great views of the upper end of the Waterpocket Fold, where it collides with Thousand Lake Mountain. After that, the stunning scenery just keeps coming and keeps changing. To close the loop, you’ll ride seven miles along paved UT 24. General location: The ride begins just east of Capitol Reef National Park along UT 24.
Mountain Bike! Southern Utah

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Mountain Bike! Southern Utah

by Michael McCoy (Menasha Ridge Press)

This 65-mile loop is a grand outing, but one that only the fittest riders should attempt in one day, and even then only in the best of weather conditions. Aerobically, the ride is moderate in difficulty, assuming you don’t try it in one day (which would jack it up to most difficult); technically, it’s easy, over generally smooth roads of sand, bentonite, and compacted sediments.

Early in the ride, as you twist your way north/northwestward, going generally uphill, you’ll earn great views of the upper end of the Waterpocket Fold, where it collides with Thousand Lake Mountain. After that, the stunning scenery just keeps coming and keeps changing. To close the loop, you’ll ride seven miles along paved UT 24. General location: The ride begins just east of Capitol Reef National Park along UT 24.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Torrey
Distance: 65
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Season: April through May; September through October
Local Contacts: Capitol Reef National Park, 435-425-3791
Local Maps: Capitol Reef National Park Official Map and Guide; DeLorme Utah Atlas & Gazetteer, page 28
Driving Directions: Directions to Cathedral Valley

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