Cedar Breaks National Monument

Cedar Breaks National Monument

Cedar Breaks National Monument
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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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moodblu
West Valley City, UT1,437 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
On our way home from a trip to Southern Utah, we stopped off at Cedar Breaks National Monument. We had been there before—once in a very windy snowstorm, and another time in a summer downpour—and decided to give it a “Three times a charm” attempt. It was beautiful! The whole area is 10,000 ft in altitude and more, and I am affected some by altitude. I found that even wearing a mask in the public areas (Coronavirus), I wasn’t as breathless as sometimes is the case.We didn't do any hiking, but visited each of the beautiful and well-cared for viewpoints. From each of the viewpoints, the views are breathtaking, with predominantly red and white rock formations, contrasting with the lovely evergreen trees. Besides these sweeping vistas, there are wildflower exhibits and gardens, and nature trails to view. We also saw birds and small wild animals. There is a ranger station and book store for more information about the area, geology, hiking, and other items of interest.
Written June 16, 2021
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Rich K
Fredericksburg, VA53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
So we entered the road that went thru the mountains at Brian Head, UT no idea what to expect. The landscape changed and become more moon like. We climbed and climbed some more and watch as the temp went down a whopping 30 degrees. Next thing we knew we were 10,000 FT above sea level going through a fanciful ski resort area. Then we kept going and bam, Cedar Breaks park. WOW...WOW WOW WOW. 10,000 feet up something happened here that created this "city in the sky" I call it. The hoodoo formations are awesome. Some look like choirs of people close together, some look like judges in a judges chamber in session. Let your imagination go at this place, it's just awesome. It's literally at the top of 10,000 ft and a giant hole in the ground of magnificent beauty. It is SO WORTH the side trip.
Written August 23, 2020
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spitzy135
Buffalo, NY932 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
We did a drive through Cedar Breaks National Monument in early October. The views from the scenic overlooks were spectacular. We are not hikers, but we were pretty amazed with the incredible scenery just steps from our vehicle. Due to our planned schedule, we had no choice but to make the drive early in the morning during a drizzly rain, so it was very foggy. Even though these were not the best conditions, it was still very impressive.

If you are afraid of heights, just be warned, the drop-offs are unbelievable from these overlooks. Just look at the picture I included from Sunset View! We also viewed Chessman Ridge and Northview overlooks. You can see some hoodoos here similar in shape and color to those in Bryce. The Point Supreme Overlook was closed when we visited due to construction of a new Visitor’s Center, and the website states it will continue to be closed throughout 2022. Even without the Point Supreme Overlook, we were very satisfied with the scenery we were able to see, it was that extraordinary. There are also several trails here that should keep real hikers very happy. In addition, if you have a National Parks Pass, the entrance is free.

If you are in the area, be sure to make time to see Cedar Breaks. It is quieter than the other National Parks nearby, but the scenery is stunning!
Written October 30, 2021
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Kim N
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Cedar Breaks National Monument was the perfect start to my 2020 road trip. The park was not overly crowded, perhaps due to COVID fears. The park staff was friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. The landscape did not disappoint, offering excellent photo opps from multiple overlooks and hiking trails. Everywhere you focus your eye, you can see a different layer of color, rock formation, or shadow to add to a photographic composition. The roads in the park are open at night for photographers who want to catch the sunset, sunrise, or Milky Way. It was pretty windy up top, so make sure you hold onto your sunhat.
Written July 23, 2020
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Ron W
Cedar City, UT170 contributions
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Mar 2020
Cedar Breaks is a small National Monument with hoodoos and views similar to Bryce. There are a number of overlooks and a few trails that get you into the woods and provide breathtaking views. A visitors center provides information and toilets, and the park has comping. NOTE that the road through the park is closed in the winter, and can only be accessed via cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or snowmobile - the park is popular in the winter for these activities.
Written April 14, 2020
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Kandy
Phoenix, AZ56 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020
The views are amazing and watching the sunset here is a highlight! While we were there we were told that the visitor center/park store is still closed for winter so we did not get to see any of the exhibits there. The only thing open is the bathrooms and the fee station is manned during limited hours. The snow made for beautiful scenery but a cold experience. We plan to go back during one summer so that we can have the full experience.
Written May 25, 2020
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kathryn b
Lutz, FL500 contributions
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May 2021
Quite a find! Just North of Cedar City, you are in a world all its own - hoodoos sprinkled in a pine forest. n May 17, there were still snow piles left over. The wind was at least 40mph and the temperature was 43 degrees. Avoid the crowds at Bryce National Park by stopping here. The formations are not as extensive, but you get a sense of the magnitude , while also experiencing the forests. Each have hiking trails and occasional amenities.
Written May 19, 2021
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Leah
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Crystal clear skies, LOTS of fresh air, and gorgeous views. At around 10,000 feet this monument is not too heavily trafficked. The rangers were all cheerful, helpful and happy to answer questions. We enjoyed hiking to Spectra Point & Rampart Lookout, as well as the Sunset Trail. WIDE OPEN views for miles & miles.
Written September 16, 2020
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Zoom_Gotti
Henderson, NV1,488 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
It was about 33 years ago when I first came here. Almost same time of the year. But then there was still a thick carpet of snow on the ground and hiking along the rim line was quite taxing. The seasonal climate has obviously changed here; snow even at this elevation is absent now. I notice that the wildflowers, though present, are less dramatic than on my past visits. But the hiking is easier and the main trail here connecting the Visitor Center with Spectra Point is among the best 1 mile trails in the American West. You can further the hike a mile or more to the Ramparts and slightly beyond, but take caution that you'll drop down over 300 feet in elevation which you'll need to recover on your return. So 300 feet at sea level is one thing; but at about two miles up it's a different issue. There are a bunch of other overlooks and hikes, too. Do as many as you have the time and energy for. Grab a brochure at the entry station. Buy a pass or show the one you already own. But don't expect to pull up at 4 PM and find a camp spot without reservations. The closest lodging community would be up the road a bit at Brian Head. Cedar City is 20 miles to the southwest and has more facilities. Also Duck Creek Village down and east along the 14 is another nearby option. You could also find camping sites within the adjoining Dixie National Forest. The graded gravel road up to the Brain Head observation vista just north of the park boundaries is a must for spectacular 360 degree photo and video compositions. Always prepare for some stormy weather and stash some extra food an drink in your vehicle.
Written July 11, 2020
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concertpix
Las Vegas368 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Just be advised that we were just up at Cedar Breaks the last weekend in September 2022. Coming up from the ski area make sure you check out the first two lookouts. Right now a new visitor Center is under construction and we were told it may be a year until completion. The trail you may remember by the old visitor center is also being worked on so there is a little less parking than usual.
Written September 30, 2022
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