We took a Sunday drive to a place we learned about from a friend. Having lived in Las Vegas for nearly 20 years, this was a surprise to us. It is known as Cathedral Canyon and is a short 45 minute drive from Vegas. It located about 20 miles southeast of Pahrump, NV, out in the desert...in the middle of nowhere.
Cathedral Canyon is a small natural canyon which had been transformed into a rambling grotto of icons, statues, and text panels. Religious in overall tone, the site had many secular elements as well, and, though untended, is open to the public. It was best viewed at night, when the multicolored lighting system illuminated the individual displays, which were laid out along the main pathway, and tucked into the walls and bushes in the canyon. Cathedral Canyon was built mostly by Roland Wiley, a lawyer from Las Vegas, who bought the 15,800 acre Hidden Hills Ranch, on which the canyon lies, in 1941. Over the next thirty years, and continuing up until he died in 1993, Roland worked on the canyon, mainly on weekend trips to the site from Las Vegas. Vandalism has taken its toll on the remote site, though. It is now mostly in ruins. A few of the statues and icons remain, but in sad condition.
We thought we would try an expedition to the area and take some base readings to see if there were any energies or readings that would warrant a return visit for a full investigation. It was a nice, mild Sunday afternoon and relatively close to home. So off we went.
Our maps and GPS served us well. We arrived at the site in about 45 minutes, perfectly guided by "Betty", as I like to call her. She is the voice on our GPS. The roads were paved fairly well right up until you get to the Canyon. Then the roads become a little more challenging due to weather worn ravines and water run offs that proved to be rather bouncy, but not impassable. I would not recommend it for cars, once past the actual Cathedral Canyon. A truck or off-road vehicle is recommended. My SUV did OK, as long as I kept the speed to a minimum.
We drove down to the canyon entrance, parked and proceeded on foot. The terrain is beautiful, yet foreboding. We were well past the rainy season, so at least there were no rivulets or mud to be concerned with.
Once past the entrance gates, which are only half there these days, you begin to feel a certain calm. An unexplainable calm. Yet at the same time a feeling of forlorn exists. You immediately see the vandalism and litter that past visitors have so ungraciously scattered about. The winding path up the canyon is easily traversed on foot. Little dug out grottoes still exist where there once stood religious icons, stained glass and painted panels of yesteryear.
Roland Wiley had even thoughtfully built restrooms there. They now resemble a cross between modern rooms in disrepair and caves dug into the cliff walls left over from an era long gone. All the working facilities have vanished from these rooms, but the whitewashed entrances catch your eye very shortly after passing through the entrance gates. The water, which once flowed readily through the supply pipes, is now as dry as the surrounding desert. The bathroom porcelain fixtures have long been removed, some used for target practice. Quite ironic, really, a religious tribute site that has become what appears to be a favorite place for gun play, as hundreds, if not thousands of empty bullet and shotgun casings lie randomly and ubiquitously throughout the canyon floor. You can also see the too-numerous-to-count bullet holes everywhere along the canyon walls.
One of the biggest disappointments would have to be the Christ statue that sat high upon a rock, and was originally erected in a grand fashion. Here is what it looked like in its days of grandeur:
We continued our journey, via GPS, to find Hidden Hills Ranch, the original homestead for Roland Wiley, which we knew to be nearby, but elusive in revealing its location. With the help of "Betty", we came upon the ruins of the ranch. This area, too, had become a favorite for target shooting and various other activities that have left the buildings in complete ruins. All of the buildings, except one, were either torn down by the harsh desert climate or ravaged by fire which came from unknown sources. Shell casings from ammo lined the ground everywhere. What was left standing was one small building, in bad repair, and lined with bullet holes. Pictures of how this looked today are on our Media page.
Again, we took some base readings and looked for any evidence of paranormal activity. It was not to be seen on this day. We had an Ovilus with us, but the words coming out seemed to be random. No readings were recorded on the EMF meter either. Maybe we will see something when we examine the pictures. Let us know if you see anything. You can comment on our Blog page or send us a private note on our Contact Us page.
Overall, it was an interesting day. Areas such as this are a joy to discover and bring to all of our friends. It makes history come alive. The trip is an easy day-trip from Vegas, worth it if you'd like a serene afternoon jaunt out in the desert.