We didn't plan to visit Cedar Breaks on our trip to Southern Utah this April as we had been told that the highway 148 is closed in Winter due to heavy snow and you can't get to it other than by snowmobile.
We visited Duck Creek hoping to see some snow but there wasn't any as the weather had been too warm but highway 148 was still closed, as at over 10,000 feet it still had snow.
They told us in the village that the previous year one of the dirt roads had been paved and now linked highway 14, just east of Duck Creek with highway 143 just south of Panguitch Lake. This meant that we could get up to Cedar Breaks and although we wouldn't be able to enter the National Monument we would find an overlook just round the corner from the junction with the 148.
It isn't on all maps, some show it as a dirt road, but it is a proper road and we're told it is open all year round as it doesn't have the same elevation as the 148 so it doesn't have the same issues with snow.
The 143 was open all the way, despite the deep snow we saw at the junction with the 148, and the view of Cedar Breaks was stunning.
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