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“Great View - but cold in June”

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.
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“Great View - but cold in June”
Reviewed June 27, 2010

Great View but ve aware that the roads to this National Monument are very hilly and windy but beautiful views. The altitude is over 10,000 feet so be aware of this if you decide to hike. Even in Late June there was snow on the ground and it had snowed 3" the day before. Stop at the visitor's center for the best view and there is a walk way by the visitor's center. You'll see the view that appears in most of the pictures of the park. There are several overlooks where you can stop and look. There are also several hiking trails but the park is only open 4 months of the year so check before you go because the roads are generally closed.

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Cedar City, Utah
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“One of my favorite places”
Reviewed June 20, 2010

This park is local to me and a short drive from town so we go several times a year. The drive up to Cedar Breaks is lovely, especially during the wildflower season in July and August and when the fall colors are in season. There are striking views looking down over Zion National Park along the road. My favorite walks are the Alpine Pond trail and Ramparts Trail which has many ancient bristlecone pines. We often see wildlife such as marmots, deer and a variety of birds. Other nearby attractions include the sweeping views from the top of Brian Head peak, and the Bristlecone Pine Trail in Dixie National Forest.

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“Nothing Spectacular”
Reviewed June 20, 2010

It snowed there in June. It consists of basically 3-4 overlooks, which were nice, but overlooks are a dime a dozen out there. If you are passing by anyway, it might not hurt to stop if you have a few minutes, but don't take a special trip.

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Newtown, PA
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“An underrated park in Utah”
Reviewed July 17, 2009

I had planned our trip to Utah for a few months and did not come across Cedar Breaks until the last minute. Sure glad I found it. We enjoyed the ride up to here (10,000 ft) from Cedar City. We did the hike out to Spectra Point and back. Great photos as there wasn't a cloud in the sky. Without any hikes, one could do this place in an hour or less. Cedar Breaks might be smaller than Bryce Canyon, but it's just as visual.

At one time I was an avid skier, so I had to check out Brian Head Ski Area a couple miles down the road. So glad we drove the gravel road to the peak (11,307 ft) for more splendid views that included Cedar Breaks in the distance.

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“Alpine atmosphere”
Reviewed July 15, 2009

Cedar Breaks seems like Cinderella tucked in between Zion and Bryce Canyons. Most people will overlook her because she hasn't been given status. The view is pretty but the park is not a stand alone destination. However, it is sooooo worth the drive. In fact, the drive is part of the allure. Because the park is almost 2 miles above sea level, as you approach (coming from Bryce) you will see coniferous forests and beautiful alpine meadows with clear blue lakes and a lava flow too. It does not take long to see the view behind the ranger station. However if you are from a low elevation you will definitely notice the effect of the altitude. This park is worth the extra hour out of your day.

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