project date: 2013 | by susan jurasz | 5 related blog(s)
Cathedral Rock Picnic Area is nestled at the base of a massive limestone bluff at 8,000 feet elevation. This huge day-use area is complete with individual and group picnic sites, restrooms, interpretive trails, hiking trails, playspaces, overlooks, and more. The site is so large that it has been divided into "zones" to aid visitors in finding their designated parking space and picnic table. The zones are named for natural landmarks. The Aspen Zone has picnic tables dispersed in the rock debris of past avalanches and the sound of quaking aspen leaves. The Ponderosa Pine Zone has picnic tables dispersed amongst the giant trunks of mammoth trees. The three other zones include White Fir, Mountain Mahogany, and the Knoll.
In 2011, Sea Reach was contracted to plan, design, fabricate and install the signage and exhibits at Cathedral Rock. This incudes 85 exhibit panels inlaid into picnic tables, pedestrian directionals, interpretation for trails in and around the facility, orientation/welcome kiosks, interpretive stations, and sculptures that support the educational messages. Sea Reach was also responsible for the interpretive master plan of the Spring Mountains NRA in 2008.