Cedar Breaks National Monument, Cedar City
Categories: Canyons, Monuments, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
A natural amphitheater, the rim of Cedar Breaks National Monument rises 3,000 m (10,000 ft) above sea level. Shale, limestone, and sandstone--alternating stripes of orange, gold, white, and brown--run from the rim to the canyon floor. Local Native American tribes called this the Circle of Painted Cliffs. The amphitheater floor is covered with spires, walls, crevices, and cliffs that settlers called "breaks" or "badlands." The rim makes a great spot for hiking and photos. Arrange your visit to Cedar Breaks National Monument and discover more family-friendly attractions in Cedar City using our Cedar City tourist route planner.
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The National Monument is spectacular and easy to visit. The road through the park has several stopping points with easy short walks out to sensational viewpoints over amazing scenery. Lots of wildlife... read more »
At over 10,000 ft the place can go from very cold if there is a wind to very hot without reference to the season. This time with little wind in september it was perfect and a short walk to the really ... read more »
Went there Oct.10. Ranger was disturbed about my senior card not being signed (been to several other parks, no problems). The park was boring in terms of visuals. No comparison to Zion, Bryce, and Gra... read more »
There are so many beautiful national parks and monuments in Utah, especially southern Utah. Cedar Breaks National Monument does not disappoint. It is gorgeous! Compared with other Utah parks, both state and national, however, it earns only 4 instead of 5 stars. Regardless of the time available, Cedar Breaks is an excellent park: it has in-and-out vistas for those who don't have much time; short trails for those who have a little more time; and long trails for those who are adventurous and want to devote more time to the park. It is definitely worth seeing. Be aware, the park is often closed from early November to late spring due to snow.
Cedar Breaks is one of my favorite National Monuments and one that is probably often overlooked. Up in the tops of the mountains, where the tree line "breaks" the views are absolutely stunning, especially during sunrise and sunset. There are beautiful rock formations and being up so high, the whole sky opens up to you. Go check it out. I echo the other comments, the place has beautiful wildflowers in late spring. Bring a camera.
Not very well marked with signage. Great hikes and views. Trails pretty good. Steep climbs and decents. Do not go to see wildlife. Good education along the paths of vegetation unique to that area.
Great little pit stop, but on the expensive side. The first time I came here (I've been many times) there were 7 people in our group, and it was $5 a person, so $35 for the day. That's more expensive than a week in Arches or Zion ($25-$30). So if you are traveling anywhere in Southern Utah, you will likely want to get the annual pass ($80). All the national parks and monuments are relatively close and visitors often hit more than 1 so it can quickly pay for itself. Close to here are Bryce and Zion National Park. It's a National Monument, so there isn't tons to do. But enjoy the view, and get out a hike around the rim. So cool. Then, if you have the choice between Bryce or Zion, do Zion. Bryce is similar to Cedar Breaks, only much larger.
My parents and I used to retreat to this place as a last Summer vacation before school - usually late July, early August. The reason? Because temps generally stay below 80 degrees in summer with the high elevation! And with so much wildlife and easy trails, plus nearby towns, like Cedar City and Panguitch (both 30 mins away) you can find stores and dining if needs be. My husband and I went there just this last week with our 7 yr old. The visitor center is friendly and helpful and my son had a blast doing fun activities and becoming a Junior Ranger, even earning a plastic Ranger badge - free! The entrance fee is $8 and gets you access to the park for a week. Wildflowers were EVERYWHERE and just gorgeous!!! We stayed in Cedar City at a hotel and drove up, but my parents and I loved camping in the campground. One thing you should know-take BUG REPELLENT. There are a few mosquitos at that time of year.
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