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The Cathedral Rock Picnic Area is one of my favorites at Mt. Charleston as the tables are spread out from each other, there is plenty of parking, and restrooms are available.
It is also located in a great area of the mountain away from the main roads so you don’t have traffic noise and the surrounding trees set the ambiance that can’t be beaten.
Click here to read my article on hiking Cathedral Rock at Mt. Charleston.
Cathedral Rock Picnic Area
Cathedral Rock Picnic Area Overview
Cathedral Rock Picnic Area is a renovated site with nearly 80 picnic sites, as well as gathering spaces, a new water system, new interpretive signage to include site information featuring the Civilian Conservation Corps, and new toilet facilities.
Click here to view a .pdf map of the Cathedral Rock Picnic Area.
Generally, open from May through September conditions permitting.
During the season the Cathedral Rock Picnic Area is open from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM but subject to change.
Fees for Cathedral Rock Picnic Area
The day-use fees are $12 during the week and $18 for Friday through Sundays and holidays for a single picnic area, $24 for weekday and $36 for weekends and holidays for a double picnic area.
Note: If you have a National Parks Pass, entry is free (at this time not sure how it applies to double tables).
The group areas vary based on size with the smaller group site being $85 and the larger group site is $120. (reservations are made online for the group facilities through Recreation.gov)
Water Sources at Cathedral Rock Picnic Area
Restrooms at Cathedral Rock Picnic Area
2 vault toilets and 8 flush toilets
How to Get to Cathedral Rock Picnic Area
From Las Vegas, Nevada, take Highway 95 north to the junction with Highway 157/Kyle Canyon.
Turn left and travel approximately 21 miles to the picnic area at the end of the highway.
Latitude | 36.2567 – Longitude | -115.6433
Parking at Cathedral Rock Picnic Area
Plenty of parking in the parking lots and near each area
Additional Photos of the Cathedral Rock Picnic Area
Cathedral Rock Picnic Area References
- Cathedral Rock Picnic Area on USDA Forestry Service website
- Cathedral Rock Picnic Area on Recreation.gov
Cathedral Rock Picnic Area
I am an outdoor enthusiast who would rather be on a backcountry backpacking trip than a stroll on the beach (although I do love the beach!).
Living in Las Vegas has afforded me the opportunity to easily explore the Southwest region of the United States.
A nature lover, I am often found at the end of the pack taking photos and videos of the wildlife found on the trails. Colorful flowers, desert animals, and unusual geological rock formations are often the majority of my photos.