Cathedral in the Desert

This was one of the places we needed to see before leaving Bullfrog.  SPOILER ALERT: it ended up being the wrong place, but was still totally worth the visit.  Cathedral in the Desert is a bit of an oasis at the End of Clear Creek Canyon in the Escalante River arm of Lake Powell.


That’s right, this is the first post about the actual lake (even though this trip was only a couple weeks before leaving).  I didn’t really know what to expect, but everyone talks it up, so my expectations were probably a little high.


The Canyon is winding, wide, and towering.  It was fun to ride through, but once we got farther in, we weren’t sure we could take the boat the whole way because of the water levels.  It was a little low, but still higher than recent years.  After some brainstorming, we decided to try it.

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Keeping an eye out for the canyon walls below us, we pushed our way in and successfully beached it before wandering in more.

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The water was shallow and chilly, but shoes would have been pointless.  The canyon still towered above and curved around leading to a rope ladder into who knows what.  I don’t know, I didn’t even try climbing it.  I am not a strong person, and I know that.

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After lingering for a while, it was time to go, time to navigate our way back out.  That’s when the other boat showed up and we were worried we were stuck until they left.  Good news, they actually helped us turn around!


That was it.  It wasn’t what I was expecting, but I’m really not sure what I actually was expecting.  I’m sure if you climb the rope, and can manage the Moqui holes that I know are there, there’s lots of cool exploring at the top.


Clear Creek canyon and the Cathedral are both super pretty, but really what on the lake isn’t?  It’s definitely worth a visit though, it’s probably easier to see on jet skis though if you have them.


Have you been to the Cathedral in the Desert?  What did you think of it?  Did you climb the rope?  What’s up there?  Do you want to go?

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