The Cedar Breaks natural amphitheater is made up of variegated claron formations that were created over millions of years through sedimentation, uplift and erosion and with that comes a landscape of absolutely spectacular hoodoos. Cedar Breaks is not limited to just rock and hoodoos however. There are meadows of wildflowers, and spectacular hikes to rivers and hoodoo bottoms. This place is a photographers dream. The breaks are surrounded by forested lands which also offer many great photo opportunities.
While this is presented as three hiking routes, it's usually a dirt biking trail, so if you brought your bikes with you then enjoy. Duck Creek usually has places to rent bikes.
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.
Tanya Milligan and Bo Beck have spent years compiling information about hiking in southern Utah and northern Arizona including Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, North Rim Grand Canyon, Coral Pink Sand Dunes, Coyote Buttes, Grand Staircase and Cedar Mountain, including Cedar Breaks National Monument.
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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