Posted on 03/13/2009

Photo taken on June 16, 2008



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Cathedral Gorge is another geological marvel totally different from Valley of Firebecause it has been built in a different ground material; It is a long and narrow canyon cut by water erosion into the soft bentonite clay of the Panaca Formation (sediments of a large freshwater lake that covered this area about 1 million years ago); Erosion has built there strange narrow corridors and thousands spires in the shape of cathedrals; Vegetation has no time to develop as the bentonite clay erodes very quickly! Wildlife is classical of desert zones with cottontails, gophers, skunks, jackrabbits, coyotes, kit foxes, gophers, skunks and in summer some Great Basin rattlesnakes (Brrr!); Cathedral Gorge State Park is located 2 miles North of Panaca, 1 mile North of the intersection of US 93 and State Route 319; Just north of the park entrance on US 93, the Miller's Point overlook gives majestic view of the canyon with its thousands spires; USA Nevada Cathedral Gorge State Park.