Cedar Breaks National Monument, Cedar City

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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. Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Cedar City trip simple and quick.
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  • We spent 10 days seeing Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon (North Rim), Zion, and Bryce with a day trip to Cedar Breaks. We were blown away by Cedar Breaks! You drive up a mountain road that keeps going up a...  more »
  • what a great place on way from las Vegas to Bryce park . We stopped on our way and we were surprised how beautiful it is , Not crowded at all and very accessible . We stop at few stops and each one ha...  more »
  • Beautiful views! There are look-outs stops along the road for super photographs. This is a must see for all our visitors.  more »
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  • Cedar Breaks NM sits high above Cedar City (approx. a 24 mile drive) with the park located at the amazing elevation of 10,000 ft. If one drives via Utah State Route 143, it brings you along the absolutely beautiful Patchwork Parkway Scenic Byway, designated a National Scenic Byway. Cedar Breaks contains an ancient uplifted geologic layer that used to be on the bottom of a lake on the Colorado Plateau. The resulting amphitheatre is about 3 miles long and drops some 2,000 ft into a canyon of towering formations including hoodoos. The hoodoos here are estimated to be 60,000 years old. This exposed cliff (made of mostly sandstone, limestone and siltstone) is eroded into the brilliant rainbow shades of red, orange, yellow and purple. It has been called the The Circle of Painted Cliffs. Because of the extreme elevation, Cedar Breaks is only open from late May through mid-October. During its Wildflower Festival in July one year, when I visited, it was actually snowing. But it was beautiful as the colorful summer wildflowers were lightly coated in white. A small information center and educational bookstore is here. Camping (26 spots) is available. A few trails, rated from easy to skilled, can take you either on a forest hike (ancient Bristlecone Pines are here) or along the steep amphitheatre rim. In 2017, Cedar Breaks was designated an International Dark Sky Park as an area of natural darkness. It is a difficult process and a major achievement. So taking in a sunset at Point Supreme followed by an evening that displays the brilliance of the Milky Way makes camping here exceptional. Cedar Breaks NM is a park well worth your visit.
  • There's a hike that you can do that takes you out to the edge for a better View it's about a three mile round trip and I can just say it's breathtaking. It's an easy hike and well worth the effort. In order to go on the site you do have to pay a parking fee and it's near the ranger station. Apologies for the personal photos but that's all I have on my phone from that visit.
  • Beautiful place. There are many different hikes to chose from, from easy to moderate to difficult. It's definitely worth the drive. If you go between late spring and early summer you'll make it in time to see thousands of wildflowers on your drive through Cedar Breaks. It's a gorgeous example of how diverse Utah can be.
  • Cedar Breaks National Monument sits at 10,000 ft. It is in the area of Brian Head and Brian Head Peak. On the way up you’ll see lots of animals. There is also spectacular views of different lakes around Brian Head and the ski resorts that it is so famous for. From the monument, you will be able to see the landscape for miles. The scenery is astonishing as you can see all of the rock formations in The Valleys below. Not much else to do up there then to just take pictures and gaze at the wonderful view, but back in the city of Brian Head you can enjoy snow skiing in the winter, or horseback riding and ATV rentals in the summer. There are Miles and Miles of trails to explore in the entire area. A good vacation in this area would last at least a week to see the entire area. Below Brian Head is an area called Yankee Meadows, and I found it to be one of the nicest places to camp in Utah.
  • Beautiful! The hike to the lake was amazing. Take the lower trail both ways as the upper trail gives no view of the canyon. It is a lot like Bryce and offers several breathtaking and easily accessible views. Well worth the drive.

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