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Cedar Breaks National Monument - Utah

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If you appreciate the colorful landscape of Bryce Canyon National Park, you'll love Cedar Breaks National Monument, located a half-hour's drive east of Cedar City. Inside a deep sunken amphitheater are stone pinnacles, arches and columns with canyon walls bearing shades of yellow, red and purple. Surrounding the park is the Dixie National Forest. Pines and aspens contrast with the colored canyons, and in the summer months, meadows are rich with wildflowers. The spring scenes with frostings of snow on the tops of the ridges provide more magnificent vistas.

To get there, drive from Cedar City on Utah Highway 14. The visitor center is north of the southern park gate. The north entrance to the monument is reached by taking Utah Hwy. 143 south from the town of Parowan. From Panguitch, drive southwest via Highway 143.

What to See & Do

The The main season at Cedar Breaks runs from late May to mid-September. A visitor center is open from June 1 to October 15 (with changes depending on the weather). The elevation is high, and daytime temperatures sit between 60 and 70 degrees during July and August. Popular activities in the Monument include hiking, walking, photography, nature study, picnicking, and camping. Park rangers hold morning interpretive walks and afternoon geology talks all during the summer season. Snow closes the park road during the winter but access to the monument is available from Brian Head Resort (the nearby ski center, 2 miles north in the national forest) as well as Duck Creek Village and Panguitch Lake. Winter activity centers on cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.

Trails

There are two hiking trails in the monument. Each is considered to be an easy walk. Seniors and those with mobility problems are cautioned that because of the high elevation (10,000 feet, 3,048 meters), more time may be needed to walk the trails than in the lower elevations.

Alpine Pond Trail -- The trailhead is at the Chessmen Ridge Overlook. It leads 2 miles through a forest to a beautiful little meadow and a pool.

Wasatch Rampart Trail -- Leading from the visitor center, this easy trail passes along the rim of the plateau with fine views along the way. The trail's length is 4 miles and it takes about 3 hours to walk it. Spectra Point is halfway along the trail, and many turn around at that point.

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Camping

The only campground in the monument is open from June 15 to September 15 and has water, restrooms, tables, and grills. There is an outdoor amphitheater for evening interpretation programs.

Overnight accommodation is available at nearby Brian Head, as well as in Cedar City, Parowan, and Panguitch. No motel services are available inside the monument.


Nearby Places

Bryce Canyon National Park
Capitol Reef National Park
Zion National Park
St. George
Parowan
Cedar City

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