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“Stunning overlook from the road” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cedar Breaks National Monument

Cedar Breaks National Monument
State Highway 143, PO Box 749, Cedar City, UT 84720
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Ranked #2 of 15 Attractions in Cedar City
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Canyons, Geologic Formations, National Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, Viewing foliage
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Owner description: A smaller version of Bryce Canyon, this 2,500-foot deep basin filled with strange limestone formations in a vivid array of colors and hues offers breathtaking views on a five-mile drive along the rim. This naturally formed amphitheater has guided walks in the summer and a few designated hiking trails.
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“Stunning overlook from the road”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2007

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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“Awesome view and snow inMay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2006

We visited Cedar Breaks in the middle of May, 2006. I had researched our Utah adventure enough to know that the trails at Cedar Breaks are only along the rim, unlike Bryce which we had already visited. (Bryce is another must do if you're in the area!) We were staying in St. George so it was only a short drive up to Cedar Breaks. We got there early, around 10:30. Left 90+ degrees in St. George and headed up to 10,000 plus feet and it was in the middle 50's.
Cedar Breaks is stunning, steep and the colors are perhaps more extreme that Bryce. There was however 3 feet of snow on the ground in the shade! The rim trails were out of the question as I hadn't packed my snow shoes. You could easliy navigate the drifts to get out to the 5 or 6 major viewpoints. The snow in the crevices made the photos that much more dramatic. It really was worth the drive up there. Hiking up and down, in and out of Bryce Canyon was a better walking experience but Cedar Breaks is just as interesting and I imagine hiking the trails around the top of it would be well worth your time if you were there in the summer months.
How cool/awesome is the state of Utah? After discovering that we wouldn't be able to hike the rim at Cedar Breaks and seeing all of the views from the round trip drive, we drove back toward St. George and had a great picnic lunch in the Kolob Canyon section of Zion. After lunch we had enough time to drive down to the Valley of Fire in Nevada. We arrived at the V of F around 3:30 and hiked some great, short (important: short, temp. at the V of F: 103!) hikes in narrow canyons and saw fascinating petroglyphs and pictographs. Left the Valley of Fire around 6:30 and drove back up to St. George on the Joshua Tree Scenic Byway. Yes, it probably was a 300+ mile trip but the Speed Limit in Utah is 70 and the roads are nice and wide open. The travel was almost as enjoyable as the four areas we visited this day.
We arrived back in St. G in plenty of time to enjoy a nice dinner and unwind reviewing the tons of pictures we had taken. If you've never been, Utah is jam packed with scenic wonders. I had read that every turn you take unveils a stunning new vista. It is absolutely true.

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