Its Nearly Time – Cathedral Gorge Dutch Oven Cookoff

Final preparations are going on for me today.  Loading the trailer and taking inventory of camping gear and cooking utensils.  We are cooking in competition associated with out sister website and the facebook group Las Vegas Dutch Oven Enthusiasts

This coming weekend is the annual Cathedral Gorge Dutch Oven Cookoff (Saturday September 16th, 2017).  Sponsored by the Nevada State Park and surrounding businesses.  The weather is looking to be near perfect.

This cookoff is a big deal.  At least for the competitions we normally attend.  There are normally around 50 cooks, and some of those preparing multiple recipes.  We have seen crowds of people (250+) showing up to taste, vote on their favorite, and just plain enjoy the day.

If you are in the area, be sure to come out and support the event.  Enjoy the food, enter the raffle, and enjoy the beautiful Nevada State Park.


DUTCH OVEN COMPETITION Cathedral Gorge Panaca, Nevada

It’s nearly that time of year again.  Camping and Dutch Oven Cooking Competition at Cathedral Gorge State Park near Panaca, Nevada.

Link to the official State Park information

Actual competition cooking is on Saturday September 16, 2017

A group of us camper/Dutch Oven cooks have been attending this event for years.  The rangers at this State Park make this the best we have ever competed in.  Aside from the awesome prizes they solicit from supporting businesses, they just make this plain fun.

Be prepared to arrive early and to stay until after dark.  The whole day can be taken up hiking early in the morning, then wandering around watching the cooks prepare the food that is judged and served to the public in the evening.

Many of us start arriving Thursday and Friday to also spend a few days camping.  Sites are first come first served.  Though the rangers have always made room for everyone even if it means “dry camping” off the edge of the pavement near the picnic area.

This time of year expect warm days and cool nights.  The Milky-way will blanket you in the sky above.  The coyote’s will sing you to sleep at night.



A group of Dutch Oven Cooking friends from Las Vegas spent a few days camping and cooking at Cathedral Gorge State Park, Nevada USA.  This was mid September 2015 to attend their annual Dutch Oven Cooking Competition.

When I wasn’t relaxing around the campfire, prepping food, or cooking in competition I hiked the eroded slots called the Caves area.  For all I knew I might have been stepping off a space craft on to another world.  The video is a tranquil walk through the caves area.  This was during sunset.  The video comes to its conclusion when emerging from a slot and the landscape opens up.  At this point I thought I might be standing on Mars.

Below are still photos of Sunrise and Sunset in the same area.

Cathedral Gorge – September 2016 – Photo taken at night. Lit up from the light of the Full Moon
Cathedral Gorge – September 2016 – Photo taken at night. Lit up from the light of the Full Moon