Cathedral Gorge State Park 2007 Events

Cathedral Gorge State Park, NevadaCathedral Gorge State Park is known for its carved, dramatic cliffs and canyons, remnants of a Pliocene-era lakebed. More than 50,000 visitors each year enjoy hiking trails for exploring the cave-like formations and cathedral-like spires. Miller Point, a scenic overlook, offers excellent views of the scenic canyon. Cathedral Gorge is 165 miles northeast of Las Vegas via Interstate 15 North and U.S. Highway 93. A 24-unit campground is open year-round. Contact Barbara Rohde, (775) 728-4460 for more information.

Hopping down the bunny trail April 7
We’ll be hopping down the bunny trail at Cathedral Gorge State Park on Saturday, April 7, looking for signs of spring–and that elusive rabbit. This special hike for kids will start at the campground amphitheater at 10 a.m. and cover no more than a mile. Call (775) 728-4460 by 9:30 Saturday morning for more information.

Adventure hike April 14
Join the ranger on Saturday, April 14 for an adventure hike at Cathedral Gorge State Park. Meet at the campground amphitheater, near the benches by the restroom at 9 a.m. Bring along a canteen and a snack, and wear comfortable hiking shoes for this four-mile hike over moderate terrain in a seldom-explored area of the Gorge. The hike is subject to cancellation in case of rain. Call the park office at (775) 728-4460 for up-to-date weather information.

Earth Day walk April 21
In celebration of Earth Day, join the ranger at Cathedral Gorge State Park on Saturday, April 21 to learn how the Gorge itself was formed. An easy walk will start from the campground amphitheater at 5:30 p.m. and return by dark. The event is subject to cancellation in case of rain. Call the park office at (775) 728-4460 by 4:30 that afternoon for more information.

Moonlight hike April 28
Join the ranger for the first moonlight hike of the season at Cathedral Gorge State Park on Saturday April 28. Bring a jacket and a flashlight for this easy stroll among the spires and “caves” of the park. The hike begins from the campground amphitheater at 6:30 p.m. Call (775) 728-4460 for information.

Wildflower walk May 5
As spring arrives in the high desert, join the ranger at Cathedral Gorge State Park for a wildflower walk, to learn the names of the blooming flowers and shrubs. This easy walk on Saturday, May 5, will start at 10 a.m. from the campground amphitheater and will cover about a mile round-trip. Call (775) 728-4460 for information.

Old bottles, cans and secrets from the past
Cathedral Gorge State Park celebrates Historic Preservation and Archaeological Awareness month with “Time in a Bottle” May 12
Nevada celebrates Historic Preservation and Archaeological Awareness month in May, and as part of that celebration, the featured program at Cathedral Gorge State Park on Saturday, May 12 is “Time in a Bottle.” Learn how old bottles and cans reveal secrets from the past when found in the desert or ghost towns. The program will start at 7:30 p.m. in the campground amphitheater. Call (775) 728-4460 for information.

Brainy birds May 19
How smart are birds? The Saturday night program at Cathedral Gorge State Park on May 19 will discuss the intelligence of different bird species, and you might be surprised at some of them. “Bird Brains” will start at 7:30 p.m. in the campground amphitheater. Call (775) 728-4460 for information.

Old cemeteries and graveyards May 26
“A Grave Matter” is the featured program at Cathedral Gorge State Park on Saturday, May 26. This program discusses old cemeteries and graveyards in the area, since Memorial Day was originally started to commemorate those who died in service to their country. It will start at 8 p.m. in the campground amphitheater. Call (775) 728-4460 for information.

The History of Beaver Dam State Park May 27
On Sunday morning, May 27, the park ranger will lead a morning walk at Beaver Dam State Park, to discuss the park’s history, geology and flora and fauna. The walk will begin at 10 a.m. from the campground A information board, and will cover about three miles. Bring a camera, wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring a canteen of water and a lunch to enjoy afterward. Call (775) 728-4460 for information.

Moonlight hike June 2
Join the Cathedral Gorge State Park ranger for a moonlight hike Saturday June 2. Bring a jacket and a flashlight for this easy stroll among the spires and “caves” of the Gorge. The hike begins from the campground amphitheater at 7:30 p.m. Call (775) 728-4460 for information.

Arrowheads June 9
See how arrowheads are made during a special evening program at Cathedral Gorge State Park on June 9. A local flint expert will demonstrate how he makes stone arrowheads and knives, starting at 5:30 p.m. at the group area by the campground. Call (775) 728-4460 for information.

Stargazing June 16
Summer is a great time for stargazing, and Cathedral Gorge State Park has some of the best skies for viewing. Join the park ranger on Saturday night, June 16, at 8 p.m. in the campground to learn some facts and legends about the stars, planets, and constellations. A telescope will be set up to see some objects up close. Bring a lawn chair to be comfortable for this session. Call (775) 728-4460 for information.

Summer survival tips June 23
As the first day of summer arrives, you may wonder how people survived in the desert before the days of air conditioning. This Saturday night program at Cathedral Gorge State Park on June 23 will offer some summer survival tips, starting at 7 p.m. at the campground amphitheater. Call (775) 728-4460 for information.

Blue Moon-light walk June 30
When two full moons occur in the same month, the second one is called a “Blue Moon.” Join the park ranger at Cathedral Gorge State Park on Saturday, June 30 for a Blue Moon-light Walk. The hike will start from the campground at 8 p.m. Wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring a flashlight for exploring the park’s “caves.” Call (775) 728-4460 for information.

North American deserts
A presentation July 7
Where are the sand dunes? Where are the saguaro cactuses? Not all deserts are alike, and this program at Cathedral Gorge State Park on Saturday, July 7 will discuss the differences among North American deserts. This informative program will begin at 8:30 p.m. at the campground amphitheater. Call (775) 728-4460 for information.

Stargazing July 14
Summertime is the best time for stargazing under the clear evening skies at Cathedral Gorge State Park. Join us on Saturday night, July 14 to learn some of the stars, constellations and other objects of the night skies. The program will start at 8 p.m. in the campground amphitheater. Call (775) 728-4460 for information.

Predicting the weather
A presentation July 21
We all discuss the weather, but do you know how to predict what is coming by looking at the clouds? This Saturday night program at Cathedral Gorge State Park on July 21 will help you learn the basic cloud types and what weather they may bring. The program will start at 8:30 p.m. in the campground amphitheater or Visitor Center in case of rain. Call (775) 728-4460 for information.

Moonlight hike July 28
The last moonlight hike of the season will be held Saturday night, July 28 at Cathedral Gorge State Park. The hike will start at 8 p.m. in the campground amphitheater. Wear closed-toe shoes and bring a flashlight. Call (775) 728-4460 for information.

Coyotes, bobcats and mountain lions
Learn about predatory animals August 18
“Varmints.” Is that what you call coyotes, bobcats, mountain lions and foxes? Learn more about these predatory animals Saturday night, August 18 at Cathedral Gorge State Park. The program will start in the park’s campground amphitheater at 8 p.m. Call (775) 728-4460 for information.

Dutch Oven Cook-off August 25
The Third Annual Dutch Oven Cook-off at Cathedral Gorge State Park will be held on Saturday, August 25. The program will be held at Group Area #1, by the campground, starting at 5:30 p.m. Cooking begins around 4 p.m. The program is free for the public, but there is a small cost for entrants. Items for sale will raise money for next year’s cook-off. Call (775) 728-4460 for information.

Silver State Facts
Cathedral Gorge State Park hosts program September 1 to test Nevada knowledge
How well do you know the state of Nevada? This Saturday night program on September 1 at Cathedral Gorge State Park will test your knowledge and reveal little-known facts about the Silver State. This program will start at 7 p.m. in the campground amphitheater or Regional Visitor Center auditorium in case of rain or cold. The program will end in time to head to Pioche for the “Electric Light Parade” and street dance. Call (775) 728-4460 for information.

The history of Beaver Dam State Park September 2
Join Ranger Barb on Sunday morning, September 2 for a walk at Beaver Dam State Park to learn about the history, geology and flora and fauna of the park. Meet at the campground A turnoff at 10 a.m. Bring a canteen of water and wear sturdy hiking shoes or boots. Call (775) 728-4460 for information.

Star Party
Join the Las Vegas Astronomical Society Saturday, September 8
The astronomers are coming. For the 21st year, members of the Las Vegas Astronomical Society will be at Cathedral Gorge State Park on Saturday night, September 8 for their annual star party. They will have high-powered telescopes to show sights beyond our view, starting at 8:30 p.m. in the campground amphitheater. Before the viewing, at 8 p.m., Ranger Barb will present “Petal to Pod,” showing the many forms that seedpods take after flowers have finished blooming. Also, that morning, Ranger Barb will lead an easy nature walk, starting at 10 a.m. from the campground amphitheater. Call (775) 728-4460 for information.

“Life Cycle of a Rock” September 15
“Life Cycle of a Rock” is the topic of the Saturday night program at Cathedral Gorge State Park on September 15. Yes, rocks are “born,” and they are worn away to be reborn as something different. Learn about the geologic processes that shaped Cathedral Gorge starting at 7:30 p.m. in the campground amphitheater. Call (775) 728-4460 for information.

Edible plants and fall colors September 22
Leaves are changing, and nuts and seeds are ripening. Learn about the edible plants and fall colors of eastern Nevada in a special walk through the gardens at the Regional Visitor Center at Cathedral Gorge State Park on Saturday, September 22. The walk is handicapped accessible and will start at 5 p.m. Call (775) 728-4460 for information.

Cathedral Gorge State Park
One of Nevada’s first state parks, a program September 29
One hundred years ago, “Panaca Gulch” received a new name, and more than 70 years ago it became one of Nevada’s first state parks. Learn more about “Mrs. Godbe’s Gorge” Saturday night, September 29 at Cathedral Gorge State Park. The program will start at 7:30 p.m. in the campground amphitheater or the Visitor Center auditorium in case of rain or cold. Call (775) 728-4460 for information.

The Original 49ers
Learn the story of the lost 49ers at Cathedral Gorge State Park October 6
About this time of year in 1849, a group of wagons headed for California on the Old Spanish Trail. Learn the story of the “Lost 49ers” at Cathedral Gorge State Park Saturday night, October 6. The program will be in the campground amphitheater at 7 p.m. or the Regional Visitor Center in case of rain or cold. Call the park office at (775) 728-4460 by 4:30 that afternoon for more information.

Beyond Bambi
The secret lives of deer, elk and antelope—a presentation October 13
Buck fever starts October 13 with the start of deer hunting season. This Saturday night program on October 13 at Cathedral Gorge State Park, “Deer Me,” will give an interesting look at the secret lives of deer, elk and antelope. The program will start at 7 p.m. in the campground amphitheater or Visitor Center auditorium in case of rain or cold. Call (775) 728-4460 for information.

The First Campers at Cathedral Gorge State Park
A program October 20 on the history of the region’s Native Americans
The last Saturday night program of the season at Cathedral Gorge State Park will be on October 20, about “The First Campers,” the Native Americans who lived in these valleys long before Columbus made his voyages. The program will start at 6:30 p.m. in the campground amphitheater or Visitor Center auditorium in case of rain or cold. Call (775) 728-4460 for information.

NEVADA DIVISION OF STATE PARKS
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
901 S. Stewart St., Ste. 5005
Carson City, NV 89701-5248
(775) 684-2770
http://www.parks.nv.gov

The Nevada Division of State Parks plans, develops and maintains a system of parks and recreation areas for the use and enjoyment of more than 2.3 million visitors a year. The division was established in 1963 by the Nevada Legislature to form a new state park agency within the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The division manages and maintains 24 parks in Nevada.

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