East Zion Cabins
Zion RV Park
Pink Sand Dunes
& Favorite SW Sites
The Ultimate Southwest Vacation includes Cedar Breaks National
Experience the Spectacular Canyon Country Tour
Stay in Mt. Carmel Jct., the heart of the parks, and visit
the treasures of the Southwest.
Mileage: Mount Carmel Jct.
Plan your Cedar Breaks Vacation with our Utah
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
Maps and Information
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.
Making summer memories in the Utah national parks and Utah
Breaks Road Map
Cedar Mountain Map
Directions to Cedar Breaks
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
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.
Cedar Breaks National Monument
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
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.