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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. 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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  • We reached Cedar City earlier than planned, so after a late lunch, headed out to Cedar Breaks for an afternoon excursion. The gorgeous drive up the mountains leads to the high alpine meadows, where th...  more »
  • This is a great LITTLE park. You can drive through it in 20 minutes without stopping but there are several turnouts to be able to see the spectacular views. You cannot get to it in the winter time unl...  more »
  • When you poke the viewpoints, the landscape impresses you by its outdoor colors, in combination with the grays.
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  • 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.
  • While everyone else is dodging hundreds of tour buses and thousands of people, just up the road is this amazing Canyon with almost twice as much vertical elevation as Bryce Canyon, and you will be close to having it to yourself. It's amazing that nobody seems to know about it.
  • 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.
  • Talk about a beautiful place! Worth the trip and so many great places near there to explore too.
  • 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.