Located on the western edge of the Markagunt Plateau, this remote area offers
no nearby dining or accommodations,
so pack up a lunch when visiting Cedar Breaks. This Utah national monument
offers refreshing summer temperatures to escape the
hot Southwest desert. Cedar
Breaks lodging is available on the east side of Zion National Park, Duck Creek
or Cedar City.
Cedar Breaks is a magical world where sculpted hoodoos and fins shine in vivid,
exposed colors. Due to the extreme erosion at Cedar Breaks the colors of the
limestone formations have no equal. Color analysts have identified more than
fifty different hues in the Cedar Breaks hoodoos.
Cedar Breaks Amphitheater
The Cedar Breaks amphitheater formed long ago, but even today the molding
and sculpting continues. Powerful thunderstorms and snow
storms rain down on the amphitheater, carving gullies for water to flow. Frigid
cold winters forge away at the soft limestone rock and gravity
pulls them down from the cliffs. These and many
other forces combine to make Cedar Breaks the most beautiful and rapidly-eroding
place in North America. Cedar Breaks National Monument is small compared to the
nearby national parks, but it is not lacking scenery and adventure.
Roads to Cedar Breaks in the Winter
The remote location of Cedar Breaks, its snow blanketed plateaus and long
winters limit the number of visitors to the monument. It keeps the park pristine,
but due to the same factors, SR-148 closes each winter. Plan on the road being closed from late October or
early November to late May.
Cedar Breaks Scenic Rim Drive
A five-mile rim drive leads to the four view points offered at Cedar Breaks.
These include Spectra Point, Sunset View, Chessmen Ridge and Point Supreme. Point
Supreme is where the Cedar Breaks Visitor Center is located and the ranger talks
are held. Along the drive, meadows are visibly ablaze with wildflowers and forests
of pine and quaking aspens thrive. Each of the monument's viewpoints reveal the
three-mile span of the Cedar Breaks amphitheater as well as the 2500' depth.
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.
Cedar Breaks National Monument bursts into a spectacular display
of coral colored hoodoos each spring as the snow melts from the jagged rocks.
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.
Cedar Breaks is breathtaking in its magnificence and it's non-commercial beauty
is a gem
incredible, Cedar Breaks National Monument lies close to three world renowned
national parks and as a result, it is often forgotten in rushed vacation plans.
It is said that, "if Cedar Breaks were anywhere but in this Southwest region,
it would be picked as one of the world's greatest scenic wonders."
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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