Cedar Breaks National Monument: Trails for Kids and Families
Alpine Pond Trail - This easy 2.1 mile (round-trip) trail begins at the Chessman Overlook viewpoint
or the Alpine Pond Trailhead. This is an easy hike, but the path is too slick
and rocky for sandals, strollers or wheelchairs. Starting at the Chessman Ridge
Overlook allows a breathtaking rim view that is missed when starting from the
Alpine Pond Trailhead.
Twisted Forest Trail
This 2 mile trail (roundtrip) is located just past Cedar Breaks National Monument.
Continue on SR-148 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.
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.
Cedar Breaks: Junior Ranger Program
Cedar Breaks offers a Junior Ranger program much like that of
Grand Canyon and Bryce Canyon National Park. Kids can pick up a packet at the Cedar Breaks
Visitor Center at Point Supreme. The Junior Ranger Program includes identification
of plants and wildlife and the importance of taking care of our public lands.
Junior Rangers are presented with a badge upon successful completion of the program.
The kids get to talk to a Ranger and have the opportunity to learn about the National Monument in a more intimate way than they would otherwise. For those interested in an actual classroom like Jr. Ranger program, you don't need to look any farther than Zion National Park. Children's programs are held at Zion's Nature Center, located just off the South Campground. Check at the Zion Visitor Center for class times.
Directions to Cedar Breaks
U-148 Closure Dates. U-148 to Cedar Breaks closes 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-148 and Cedar Breaks.
Five children enjoy the easy hike to Alpine Pond at Cedar Breaks. This is a great family hike, lacking any significant elevation changes with wildflowers to capture their attention along the way.
Lodging and services are available on the gorgeous east side of Zion National Park, where guests are close to Zion National Park (12 miles), Bryce Canyon National Park (60 miles), Cedar Breaks National Monument (45 miles), Coral Pink Sand Dunes (12 miles), and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon (85 miles). It's where city traffic is absent and the skies are bright and clean.
Utah's Dixie National Forest: Cedar Mountain
Cedar Breaks National Monument is surrounded by Utah's Dixie National Forest. From Mt. Carmel Junction, drive north on US-89 to the junction with SR-14. SR-14 is known as Cedar Mountain which is the scenic byway to travel to Cedar Breaks. Once on Cedar Mountain, travel through the beautiful forest, and then turn at the signed highway to Cedar Breaks - SR-148.
It's 22 miles from Mt. Carmel Junction to boundary of Dixie National Forest and 45 miles to Cedar Breaks.
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Written by the authors of the book: Favorite Hikes in and around Zion National Park
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