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Stay in Mt. Carmel Jct., the heart of the parks, and visit the treasures of the Southwest.

Mileage: Mount Carmel Jct.
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

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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.

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Directions to Cedar Breaks

U-143 Closure 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 Cedar Breaks.

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.

 

 

 

Cedar Breaks - Utah

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 National Monument

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, Highway 148 closes each winter. Plan on the road being closed from late October or early November to late May.

The World's Greatest Scenic Wonders

Although 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."

Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon are all just a short drive away. With a well planned itinerary a short southern Utah vacation can include all four attractions.

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. Cedar Breaks is breathtaking in its magnificence and it's non-commercial beauty is a gem.

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