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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
Navigating - Cedar Mountain to Cedar Breaks Directions
to Cedar Breaks: Because of the high elevation, Cedar Breaks is usually open
from late May until snow forces highway 148 to close sometime after November.
From Mount Carmel Junction drive north on highway 89 to the junction of highway
89 & 14. Enjoy the incredible
scenic drive up highway 14 to highway 148. It is a 20 mile drive into Dixie National
Forest and another 25 mile drive to Cedar Breaks National Monument.
Cedar Breaks Monument Vacation
Cedar Breaks National Monument
The small but impressive, Cedar Breaks National Monument, lies close to three
magnificent national parks and as a result, it is often forgotten during vacation
plans. Some say that "if
Cedar Breaks were anywhere but in this region, it would be picked as one of the
world's greatest scenic wonders."
Cedar Breaks Scenic Rim Drive
A 5 mile/8km rim drive leads to the four view points at the monument: Spectra
Point, Sunset View, Chessmen Ridge Overlook and North View. Meadows of wildflowers
and a forest of pines and quaking aspens adorn the beautiful national
monument. The Cedar Breaks amphitheater spans three miles and is 2500'
deep, offering a breathtaking panoramic view. The charming and rustic log cabin,
Cedar Breaks Visitor Center, is located at Spectra Point. This is a great place
to stop and pick up souvenirs.
Suggested Cedar Breaks Trails
Alpine Pond Trail
When hiking this 2 mile/3.2km loop, notice the sub-alpine forest all around.
In the forest mingle with shade loving firs and
a wide variety of delicate alpine flowers. Ancient bristlecone
pine and quaking aspen lend a splash of green along the trail. The 10,000' elevation
of the forest results in dense and lush vegetation. Enjoy the greenery and
showy white columbine, while strolling this trail to the pond at the end of the
Spectra Point Trail
Begin this moderate 4 mile/6.44km hike at Spectra Point, near the Cedar Breaks
Visitor Center. Like the Alpine Pond Trail, the path leads through the forest
and ends at a stream.
Cedar Breaks National Monument and drive
back down highway 148 to highway
14, toward Duck Creek, to visit more hikes
and view points.
Zion National Park Overlook
The Zion National Park Overlook offers an outstanding, distant view of the park.
Look for the marked pull-off on the side of highway 14.
Bristlecone Pine Trail
The Bristlecone Pine Trail is an easy .77 mile/1.24 km hike to a distant view
of Zion National Park. Look for the trailhead just east of the
Zion National Park Overlook. An interesting tidbit is that the bristlecone pines'
seen along this trail and along the Spectra Point Trail are the oldest living
things on earth.
Navajo Lake Overlook
Navajo Lake is located at the top of Cedar Mountain, where the air is cool and
brisk and the view seems to go on forever. Fishing is allowed
on the lake and the far side of the lake is the starting area for the Cascade
Turn at the dirt road to Navajo Lake and follow the road to the end to find
the Cascade Falls Trailhead.
Cascade Falls is a trail with beautiful views along the entire path. From the
trail, hikers look down on the deeply forested land of the Markagunt Plateau.
At the end a unique waterfall sits, wedged in the jagged red rocks of Cascade
Falls. The trail is .5 mile/.8 km hike with few elevation changes.
Navajo Lake Loop Trail
The Navajo Lake Loop Trail or also called the Virgin River Rim Trail is a
loop trail that can be biked or hiked. The trailhead is near the Cascade Falls
Trail. The loop is 11.5 miles/18.5 km.
Duck Creek and Duck Pond
Besides being the perfect place for a stroll along a picturesque stream, duck
creek and duck pond are favorite trout fishing spots.
Drive out to the scenic view point of Strawberry
Point for spectacular views
of forested land and red rock formations. A high clearance vehicle makes this a nicer drive. Duck Pond is 9 miles from the turnoff to Strawberry
Point. After turning at the spur, which is a graded dirt and gravel road road,
it's another 9 miles to Strawberry Point.
Getting ready for Day 4
Return to Mount Carmel Junction for the night's lodging and
prepare for a trip to the North Rim Grand Canyon in Northern Arizona. This is
an 85 mile drive from Mount Carmel Junction.
If you want more...
Best Bets for the Adventurous Traveler:
Trails or Sand Dunes
Coral Pink Sand Dunes
Pink Sand Dunes is a great place to spend some
time after a day in Dixie National Forest.
If more hiking or backpacking in Dixie
National Forest is what you have in mind try one of the following trails:
Ashdown Creek and Rattlesnake Creek
Cascade Falls Trailhead to Strawberry Point - 11.5 miles
More Cedar Breaks information
National Forest information
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