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“Good Prelude to Bryce Canyon”

Cedar Breaks National Monument
Ranked #2 of 28 things to do in Cedar City
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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.
Springfield, IL
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“Good Prelude to Bryce Canyon”
Reviewed October 21, 2012

We stopped here on our way to Bryce Canyon. The ranger at Cedar Breaks described the park as "tall and skinny" and Bryce as "short and fat". I think that is an apt comparison. At Cedar Breaks you've followed a twisting road up to a great altitude. From there you look down into the canyon to see the hoodoos. There are hiking trails but, unlike Bryce, they don't go down in among the rocks. We took part of the hike to the alpine lake. The aspen had turned gold and the smell of the pine trees made up think of an old-fashioned Christmas tree lot. When we visited the Visitor Center was closed. It is a small building so I don't know how much information there would have been if it had been open.

Visited September 2012
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Everett, Washington
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“Breathless - More than worth the time.”
Reviewed October 19, 2012

A must see. After traveling through Zion NP from Interstate 15 to US 89, Travel north on US89 to Utah 14 (left turn), the turn right on Utah 148 and left on Utah 143. The views are spectacular. We traveled there in early October with the Aspen's turning color - Fantastic. This was a find we didn't expect and would encourage all to make this sort of out of the way place a must visit. You will not be disappointed.

Visited October 2012
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Reviewed October 16, 2012

It is beautiful here. A nice little stop on your way to one of the big parks in the area. Not very big. There is a walk where you can see marmots.

Visited September 2012
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful rock scenery”
Reviewed October 16, 2012

Cedar Breaks has much in common with its neighbours Bryce and Zion, yet it seems to be less celebrated and consequently less crowded. This may be due to it being a "National Monument" rather than a "National Park" (seemingly just an administrative distinction) but it's a park in all but name. The 3.5 mile Ramparts Trail is a great walk, and the views from the 4 or 5 parkings areas round the rim are all subtly different. One day it's going to attract the crowds.

Visited October 2012
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Florence, Oregon
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Reviewed October 13, 2012

What can I say that would be enough to describe this wonder? Anything God makes is awe inspiring anyway but Cedar Breaks is especially impressive.
Go at sunset for more contrast in the the shapes of the pinnacles and richer colors in the Navajo sand stone layering.

Visited October 2012
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