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Stay in Mt. Carmel Jct., the heart of the parks, and visit the treasures of the Southwest.

Mileage: Mount Carmel Jct.
Cedar Breaks 45 miles
Dixie Forest 22 miles
Zion National Park 12 miles
Bryce Canyon 60 miles
Grand Staircase 9 miles
Red Canyon 47 miles
Sand Dunes 11 miles
North Rim 85 miles
Toroweap 90 miles
South Canyon 75 miles

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In these pages you will find insiders information on Cedar Breaks National Monument. This detailed guide includes road maps, park maps, pictures, trail beta, backpacking, history, fees, geology, flora, fauna, campgrounds and things for kids to do.

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Directions to Cedar Breaks

U-143 Closure Dates. U-143 to Cedar Breaks closes at times in the winter, due to snow depth.

From Las Vegas: Take I-15 north to Cedar City. Take U-14 east from Cedar City to U-148 and turn left to Cedar Breaks.
From Arizona: Take US-89 north through Mount Carmel Junction and turn west on U-14. Turn right at U-148 to Cedar Breaks.
From Salt Lake City: Take I-15 south, exit at Parowan. Take U-143 to Cedar Breaks.
From Mount Carmel Junction: Take US-89 north to U-14. Follow U-14 to U-143 and Cedar Breaks.

Cedar Breaks columbine

The Colorado columbine flower is a gem that is found along the Alpine Pond Trail. The columbines found here range from all white to pale blue. "Columbine" means dove-like.

 

 

 

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Cedar Breaks has wildflowers galore!

Explore the beauty of the sub-alpine forests at Cedar Breaks National Monument, from quaking aspens to abundant, delicate wild flowers. At the 10,000' Cedar Breaks elevation, there are numerous wild flowers to enjoy when strolling the trails and wandering among the meadows.

The Sub-alpine Forest of Cedar Breaks

A lush sub-alpine forest of quaking aspens surround Cedar Breaks. High on the mountain, the oldest living thing, the Bristlecone Pine, shows off its twisted ancient bark.

Quaking Aspen at Cedar Breaks

Quaking Aspen got its name because the "quaking" effect the small flat leaves exhibit when they are rustling in the wind. Autumn on Cedar Mountain is spectacular! The aspen leaves turn brilliant gold, and is all the more dramatic as large groups of aspen crowd together. It's quite a display with white barked trunks enhancing the image. Beaver make good use of the bark for food and building dams and lodges.

Lichens & Air Quality at Cedar Breaks

Lichens, a symbiotic plant, are evident in Cedar Breaks. This is important because these plants are an indication of excellent air quality.

Bristlecone Pine thrive at Cedar Breaks

The seldom seen and ancient bristlecone pines thrive at Cedar Breaks National Monument. These are not only the oldest of all trees, but are the oldest living things on the earth. There are bristlecone pine trees at Cedar Breaks that are 1,650 years old and older. These old timers have adapted to living on barren slopes and cliff edges. If unsure which trees are the ancient pines, look for pine needles in groups of five. The needles will be one inch to one and half inches long. Bristlecone pine has a thin, smooth bark. It is grayish white on young stems. As the stems age, the color becomes a reddish brown. The cone is tipped with long bristle seeds.

The "Perfect" Christmas Tree

The Engelmann spruce is an evergreen found at Cedar Breaks, but the beetles are destroying them. With the end of the drought now a hopeful reality, the surviving Engelmann spruce might have a chance to live. If not the forest will become a huge aspen forest. This spruce is the "traditional" Christmas Tree, due to it's well formed shape and beauty. The cones are at the top of the tree and hang down.

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