Cascade Falls is an easy hike that kids will enjoy. The trail leads to a
rocky waterfall. This easy hike has little elevation change
and incredible views of forested land the entire way. The trailhead is located
at Navajo Lake.
Scenic Drives on Cedar Mountain The turn-off to Webster Flat is along Utah SR-14. Webster Flat and SR-14
have rows and rows of aspens crowded together to amplify the color. The white
bark and the contrasting green leaves are a beautiful sight, but if lucky enough
to travel SR-14 in early fall, the view of the autumn leaves are breathtaking.
Red and yellow hues provide an ample supply of eye candy.
Fishing on Cedar Mountain
Children who enjoy fishing will delight in the Duck Creek area. Picturesque
meadows and forests surround Duck Creek and Duck Pond. The waters are stocked
with trout for all to enjoy.
Cedar Breaks National Monument Jr. Ranger
Stop by the Cedar Breaks Visitor Center for a booklet and a talk with the ranger which helps kids experience the National Forest and Monument.
Cascade Falls -
The Cascade Falls trail is a half-mile hike, with few elevation changes, overlooking the southern edge of the Markagunt Plateau. The trail ends at a rocky ledge with water tumbling down from a limestone hole. Cascade Falls is the North Fork of the Virgin River.
Bristlecone Pine Trail -
This is an easy .77 mile hike to a view of Zion National Park in the distance. The trail ends in a grove of magnificent bristlecone pines. Look for the trailhead immediately west of the turn-off to Cedar Breaks. An interesting tidbit is that the bristlecone pines are the oldest living things on earth.
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 U-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 - U-148.
It's 22 miles from Mt. Carmel Junction to boundary of Dixie National Forest and 45 miles to Cedar Breaks.
Utah's Dixie National Forest: Red Canyon Red Canyon is a unique part of Dixie National Forest that is not only traveled through on the way to Bryce Canyon, but it has eroded hoodoos like Bryce Canyon and Cedar Breaks. It is found along U-12
Hiking among nature is a wonderful experience for children and adults.
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.
Lava Activity -
While traveling U-14 look for ancient lava beds that can be seen from the road. The lava is thought to be around 2,000 years old and represents the last lava activity on Cedar Mountain.
Caving in Dixie National Forest
Ice Cave (Duck Creek Cave) -
This limestone cave is much smaller than Mammoth Cave. In fact, there is only one chamber, but there are year-round icicles. Caution: It's often muddy and slippery inside the cave. Equipment: Head lamps, knee pads, gloves, warm clothes and proper footwear. Directions: Find the Duck Creek Visitor Center by turning at the Navajo Lake turn-off and then drive past the visitor center and follow the sign to Ice Cave.
Mammoth Cave -
Mammoth Cave is a quarter-mile cave with four chambers. It was created by lava flow millenniums ago and left long tubes as it cooled, leaving over 2200 feet of passages. The cave looks like a big hole in the ground at first glance, but it's fun to explore. Take a good light for every person going. The cave is pitch dark after the first turn. The exit is a small tube that allows only enough room to get on your belly and slide through. If you are a large person or claustrophobic turn around and go back the same direction you entered. Restrictions: Due to bat activity a grate was installed preventing exploration of the cave except during the months of May-September. Caution: water seepage at the end of the cave makes the rocks slippery. Wear appropriate hiking shoes into the cave. Bats frequent the cave at night. Equipment: Head lamps, knee pads, warm clothes, gloves and proper footwear. Directions: Located Forest Road 067, which is just east of Duck Creek Village on U-14. Drive 5 miles. When you see Forest Road 064 turn right onto it. It is about a mile more to the cave.
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Written by the authors of the book: Favorite Hikes in and around Zion National Park
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