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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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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

Cedar Breaks is full of delicate wildflowers and delightful alpine flora.

 

 

 

Cedar Breaks Hiking

Cedar Breaks offers three high country hiking trails, each giving a different perspective of the area. There are more hiking trails just outside of the monument and a few more in nearby Dixie National Forest.

Rim View
Look down into the amphitheater to see the amazing erosion of Cedar Breaks. Washes develop between rocks allowing water from rain and melting snow to run. The action of water and gravity can result in rock falling. In extreme cases, a layer can become saturated with enough water that the slope fails and the sediments slide as one section.

Alpine Pond
The Alpine Pond Trail travels through meadows of wildflowers and a sub-alpine forest to a spring-fed pond that sits in a sump. White and pale blue columbines peek from the dark vegetation around the pool in brilliant contrast to the green leaves. Aspen and fir frame the picturesque setting that wildlife frequents. The path leads past a volcanic rock area called the Talus Slope before looping back to the trailhead. There is an informative brochure available at the trailhead or at the Cedar Breaks Visitor Center that corresponds to the markers along the trail. About 30-million years ago, active volcano's erupted at Cedar Breaks sending hot ash across the land. The ash cooled to a reddish rock which is found along the trail.

Spectra Point Trail
This 2 mile round trip hike has some elevation changes that make it a moderate hike. The hike begins at the Spectra Point amphitheater, near the toll booth, and follows its southern rim climbing 142' to the water towers and the site of the old Cedar Breaks Lodge and then drops 207' to Spectra Point. Spectra Point offers an impressive view of hoodoos. Along this trail, notice the different hues of color in the rock formations. On one side of the trail are hoodoos and on the other is a beautiful meadow of wildflowers and fir trees. The Colorado Columbine adds a subtle beauty to this hike. A close up of the white cap rock at Cedar Breaks is seen as well as ancient Bristlecone pines. One Bristlecone pine at Spectra point is 1,700 years old!

Ramparts Trail
The 4 mile round trip trail shares the first mile of the trip with the Spectra Point Trail.  Follow the beaten path to Spectra Point where the beaten path will turn west to continue another mile and descends 333' to the second view point. This route follows the rim and allows hikers to look back toward the view points along the Cedar Breaks scenic drive. There is a refreshing creek, Shooting Star Creek, that runs along part of the trail, but breaks away, dropping off the edge of the rim about a half-mile past the Ramparts View Point.

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Shooting Star Creek and Bartizan Arch
Travel beyond Ramparts Trail to the little known Shooting Star Waterfall and the impressive Bartizan Arch.

Below the Rim at Cedar Breaks
This route takes hikers to the bottom of the impressive Cedar Breaks hoodoos.  This 10 mile trail is best done with a car shuttle.

Cascade Falls
The Cascade Falls trail is a half-mile hike, with few elevation changes, overlooking the southern edge of the Markagunt Plateau. The trail ends at a rocky ledge with water tumbling down from a limestone hole. Cascade Falls is the North Fork of the Virgin River.

Bristlecone Pine Trail
This is an easy .77 mile hike to a view of Zion National Park in the distance. The trail ends in a grove of magnificent bristlecone pines. Look for the trailhead immediately west of the turn-off to Cedar Breaks. An interesting tidbit is that the bristlecone pines are the oldest living things on earth.

Twisted Forest Trail
This 2 mile trail (roundtrip) is located just past Cedar Breaks National Monument. Continue on SR 143 toward Brian Head Ski Resort to find the trailhead. This trail can be hiked or biked. The path meanders past twisted Bristlecone Pine trees, with cairns to mark the way. At the end of the trail is a nice view of of the Ashdown Gorge Wilderness and the Cedar Breaks amphitheater.

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