The national park service at Cedar Breaks offers daily seasonal programs
free to visitors. As the snow melts away and spring arrives it is time to enjoy
the high mountain air of Cedar Breaks. The 10,000' high alpine meadows of
wildflowers and billowing aspens are as much a part of the ranger talks
at Cedar Breaks as the magnificent hoodoos and rock sculptures. Enjoy this hidden
part of Utah, high atop Cedar Mountain, while spending the day in a non-commercial
and rustic park.
Cedar Breaks Geology Programs
Geology talks are offered from late May to mid-October between 10 am and
5 pm daily. Meet at the Point Supreme viewpoint. If weather and trail conditions
permit, then a Cedar Breaks ranger will guide a 2 mile round-trip walk/talk along
the rim of the amphitheater or present a talk at Point Supreme. Along the rim
walk, the world's oldest species of tree, the Bristlecone Pine, is pointed out.
The ranger will discuss the unique geology of Cedar Breaks as well as the flora
and fauna of the park.
Evening Campfire Programs
About 9 pm, meet the ranger at the Point Supreme campground
amphitheater. Every night during the camping season (mid-June through Labor Day)
campfire talks are offered. Check the current schedule at the Visitors Center for the topic of the night. It is cool
after the sun sets, so bring jackets.
Directions to Cedar Breaks
U-148 Closure Dates. U-148 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-148 and Cedar Breaks.
Cedar Breaks National Monument is a magnificent setting with crisp cool high mountain air and a pristine un-crowded setting and stacks of graceful pink hoodoos everywhere dotted here and there with pine trees.
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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