A Brief Note on the Origins and History of the Park
Cathedral Gorge State Park is home to some of the most fascinating rock formations in the state of Nevada. The erosion of the soft bentonite clay over the years, has led to the creation of beautiful geological sculptures and cavernous formations, whose peaks resemble the spires of a cathedral. Under the directive of Governor James Scrugham, the park was deemed an area of preservation in 1924. Then, in 1935 it was designated as one of the first four state parks in Nevada. The picnicking facilities that are in existence today were established by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the 1930s. This acrylic fridge magnet depicts a surreal image of the spire like rock formations and makes for the perfect holiday souvenir.
The Flora and Fauna Prevalent In Cathedral Gorge State Park
The arid rock outcroppings are devoid of vegetation, due to the constant influence of wind and water, which erode the soil at a rapid rate. Most of the vegetation is concentrated on the valley floor where the fertile combination of clay, gravel and sand facilitate the growth of juniper trees, primrose, barberry sagebrush, Indian grass, white sage, greasewood and several other plant species. The resident animals that can be sighted in the area include kangaroo rats, black-tailed jackrabbits, mule deer, skunks and kit foxes. The occasional rattlesnake can also be spotted in the valley.
Camping and Recreational Facilities in the Region
There are a total of 22 camping sites in the region. Each site is equipped with a grill, picnic table and a shade. Water and restrooms fitted with flushes are located adjacent to each campsite. There is a large picnicking spot reserved for picnickers in the day-use area that is equipped with three picnic tables and a large shady ramada. Additionally, there is also a group area where visiting groups can avail of full-fledged accommodation facilities for day as well as overnight stays.