Cathedral Gorge State Park RV & Campground Guide

Nevada

Cathedral Gorge State Park

lies in eastern Nevada in Lincoln County, covering more than 1,600 acres. It is famous for its dramatic landscape of eroded soft bentonite clay, including sky scraping spires and buff-colored cliffs, all of which is the result of millions of years of geologic activity. It is located just one mile north of the town of Panaca and is a wonderful destination for recreational activities such as camping, hiking, photography, picnicking, and wildlife viewing. Visitors can expect to see many different species in the park, including black-tailed jackrabbits, cottontail rabbits, packrats, kangaroo rats, mice, gophers, mule deer, coyotes and kit foxes.

Cathedral Gorge’s climate is typically arid with semi-hot summers and very cold winters. In summer, temperatures range from 95°F at midday to 55°F at night. Winter, on the other hand, can see highs of just 46°F during the day, followed by lows of 16°F at night.

If you’re interested in visiting Cathedral Gorge State Park, you’ll want to keep reading to find out all there is to know about this place, including camping, activities, how to get here, and more.

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Weather
Spring 27-75 F
Summer 47-94 F
Fall 22-84 F
Winter 16-51 F
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Nearby Cities
Caliente, NV
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Cathedral Gorge State Park

There are plenty of camping opportunities in and around Cathedral Gorge State Park, including both within tents and RVs. If roughing-it in a sleeping bag and the tiny space that a tent offers isn’t quite your thing, then we whole-heartedly recommend the warmth, comfort, and all-round glamping that an RV offers.

If you don’t own an RV, you can easily rent an RV from RVshare that suits your individual needs – including size, budget, and more. All rentals come with nationwide insurance, 24/7 roadside assistance, and a world-class team dedicated to helping you succeed.

Cathedral Gorge has its own campground offering 22 sites, each with a table, grill and shade ramada. Electric hookups are also available, however sites cannot be reserved, and therefore fill up rather quickly. To avoid disappointment, we’ve also listed some other campgrounds and RV parks within the area.

Pioche RV Park & Campground

Pioche RV Park & Campground is just a 15-minute drive from the state park and offers RV sites with full hookups, as well as many other amenities to help you and your family have a comfortable stay. It’s also within short distance from historic landmarks and beautiful parks, such as the Million Dollar Courthouse, Boot Hill Cemetery and Eagle Valley Reservoir.

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: restrooms, showers, laundry, dump station, clubhouse.

Echo Canyon State Park

If you can’t stay at Cathedral Gorge, why not park your RV at another stunning state park just down the road? Echo Canyon State Park has an RV campground with 20 full hookup sites situated on a hill overlooking Dry Valley.

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: restrooms, showers, laundry, dump station, picnic tables, barbeque grills.

Stampede Campground

Stampede Campground is a recreation site that provides amenities for camping and picnicking, plus it’s a trailhead for the Silver State OHV Trail. It is particularly impressive during the colder months in the snow!

  • Water hookup: no
  • Electrical hookup: no
  • Sewer hookup: no
  • Wifi: N/A
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: restrooms, shade shelters, fire rings, grills.

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What to Do at
Cathedral Gorge State Park

Inside Cathedral Gorge State Park

If you thought the camping opportunities were impressive, wait until you hear about the activities available to visitors within the state park. From wildlife viewing and hiking, to picnicking and more – there’s something for absolutely everyone at Oak Mountain State Park!

Some of the most popular things to do within the state park include:

Hiking: The best way to explore the caves, ravines, and jagged rock formations is to explore them on foot! There are a few hiking trails within the state park which are highly recommended, including the Bullionville Cemetery Trail, Miller Point Trail, Juniper Draw Loop, Eagle Point Trail, and Nature Loop.

Wildlife viewing: No matter where you are in the park, you should always keep your eyes and ears open for the several species of wildlife that call this region home. The most common animals spotted during the daytime are snakes, lizards, rabbits, gophers, and mice. Once the sun goes down, mule deer, coyotes and kit foxes roam about.

Picnicking: Once you’ve exhausted all of the hiking trails on offer, why not sit back and relax with your very own picnic lunch? You deserve a well-earned rest, plus the views are certainly worth taking the time to enjoy.

Outside Cathedral Gorge State Park

Cathedral Gorge State Park is just minutes’ drive from the town of Panaca and within driving distance of larger cities such as Caliente, so you’re never far from the action. If you’re excited by the activities on offer within the park, then you’re going to be delighted by just how many experiences are available to you in the surrounding area, including stunning sightseeing opportunities, award-winning restaurants, and amazing shopping experiences.

Restaurants

Ghost Town Art & Coffee Co.

If you need a caffeine hit, but don’t want to travel very far to satisfy your cravings, then the Ghost Town Art & Coffee Co. is for you. It’s a 15-minute drive from the state park and doesn’t just serve the best coffee in town – you can also expect delicious meals, snacks, and other beverages to tickle your tastebuds.

Type: Café

Location: Pioche, NV

Historic Silver Café

The Historic Silver Café is another one of those best-kept secrets that often only locals know about. People speak highly of the café’s service, quality of food, and affordability, so it seems to tick all of the boxes! It’s also just a short drive from the state park, so it’s perfect for treating you and your family to a hearty breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Type: Café

Location: Pioche, NV

Mon Ami Gabi

If you find yourself heading south on your travels, be sure to stop by Mon Ami Gabi. This popular French bistro serves classic dishes such as steak frites, crepes, and onion soup, plus more than 80 boutique French wines are also on offer. You’ll love al fresco Vegas Strip dining in a charming French bistro ambiance.

Type: French

Location: Las Vegas, NV

Shopping

Gypsy Emporium Antique Mall

If you love antiques and vintage, then you won’t mind driving over the border to Utah to rummage through the Gypsy Emporium Antique Mall. They sell old, new, unique and boutique, making it a great place to not only dig out a bargain, but also buy your loved ones something special.

Location: Hurricane, Utah

Sightseeing

Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park

Just an hour and 45 minutes away by car is the Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park, which features six beehive shaped charcoal ovens that were used from 1876 through 1879 to help process rich silver ore that was discovered in the area. Visitors can also enjoy a range of activities here, including hiking, fishing, camping, and picnicking. Entering the park costs $5 per vehicle.

Location: Ely, NV

Alien Research Center

Whether you’re a sceptic or a believer, you’re still sure to have an intriguing time visiting the Alien Research Center in Hiko, less than an hour’s drive from the state park. As the gateway to Area 51, this place houses lots of fun gifts and souvenirs, as well as information regarding extra-terrestrials.

Location: Hiko, NV

Great Basin National Park

There are plenty of amazing state parks and national parks in eastern Nevada and the Great Basin National Park is no exception! This 77,000-acre park is known for its ancient bristlecone pines and Lehman Caves, as well as its miles of hiking and biking trails. You’ll certainly want to spend a whole day here, or why not stay overnight during your travels?

Location: Baker, NV

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How to Get to
Cathedral Gorge State Park

The park and visitor center is located 2.5 hours north of Las Vegas on Highway 93. Get on I-515 N/US-93 N/US-95 N from N 4th St, then continue on US-93 N/Great Basin Hwy. Drive to Cathedral Gorge State Park Road in Lincoln County and turn left onto Cathedral Gorge State Park Road.

Entering Cathedral Gorge State Park

The state park is open year-round and costs $5.00 per vehicle for a day-use fee. Camping costs $15.00 per night + $10.00 per night for utility hookups.

Daily : $5

Camping : $15

Utility hookups : $10

We’re very excited that you’re planning a trip to Cathedral Gorge State Park. Once you’ve finished exploring all that the park has to offer, there are also some incredible opportunities waiting for you outside of its gates! During or after your stay, we encourage you to tag us in any of your social media posts, or why not share your photos and experience with us at [email protected]? We may even feature your story on our blog or social media channels. Happy camping!