Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah

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Cedar Breaks National Monument is a stunning 3-mile wide amphitheater full of colorful sandstone formations surrounded by lush wildflower meadows.

Overview

Cedar Breaks Utah is a magnificent nautural amphitheater which is 3 miles wide and 2000 feet deep. Standing at 10,662 feet elevation it is higher than Bryce Canyon but has similar red rock cliffs, fins, pinnacles and spires. The most impressive viewpoints are Point Supreme, Chessmen Ridge, Sunset View and Spectra Point accessed along a 5-mile scenic drive.

Location /Directions

Cedar Breaks National Monument Utah is 25 miles north of Zion National park Kolob District.

  • From I-15 southbound take Hwy 143 east from Parowan to Cedar Breaks.
  • From I-15 northbound take Hwy 14 east for 18 miles then Hwy 148 north 4 miles to Cedar Breaks National Monument.

Contact Information

Hours/Seasons

Open late May to mid-October

Entrance Fees 

  • Individuals (over 15): $6.00 per 7-day permit 

Visitor Center/Bookstore

  • Memorial Day and Labor Day 8am to 6pm
  • Labor Day to mid October 9am to 5.30pm

Ranger Programs

  • Geology Talks
    Mon-Fri 10am and 4pm at Point Supreme Overlook or in the Visitor Center in inclement weather
  • Evening Campfire Programs
    Campground amphitheater or in the Visitor Center. Flashlight required and warm clothing.
    Times vary – check with Visitor Center or call 435-586-9451
  • Guided Nature Walks
    Daily at 2pm. Meet at Spectra Point trailhead in Visitor Center carpark. 2-mile moderate round-trip hike at elevations of 10,500 feet. Weatherproof clothing and suitable footwear required.

Hiking Trails

  • Spectra Point/Ramparts Trail – 4 mile round trip hike along the rim to see bristlecone pines and viewpoint over the amphitheater.
  • Alpine Pond Trail - 2-mile nature trail to Alpine Pond. Self-guide available from Visitor Center.

Camping

  • Cedar Breaks Campground - 30-site, limit 8 persons per site.
  • Water, restrooms, tables, fire grills and an outdoor amphitheater where evening programs are given.
  • Fires are permitted only in campground and picnic area grills.
  • Fees - $20 per site per night

Fun Facts

A "break" is a word used by mormon pioneers when they met a severe travel impediment.

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