Description - This site protects and preserves unique geologic formations of southwestern Utah. The most outstanding feature of Cedar Breaks National Monument is a huge natural amphitheater, that has been eroded out of the variegated Pink Cliffs of the Claron Formation. Millions of years of sedimentation, uplift and erosion within the region have created a deep canyon of rock walls, fins, spires and columns, that spans some three miles and is over 2,000 feet deep. The rim of the canyon is over 10,000 feet above sea level. It is forested with islands of Engelmann spruce, subalpine fir and aspen trees; separated by broad meadows of brilliant summertime wild flowers.
- The best place to begin your visit to Cedar Breaks is the visitor center. This facility is open from late May through mid-October and contains exhibits on the natural and cultural history of the area. A bookstore is operated within the visitor center. Geology talks are presented by monument staff during the summer months and information about these and other programs is available at the visitor center.
There are two designated hiking trails within the park. Spectra Point/Ramparts trail is two to four miles round-trip and Alpine Pond self-guided nature trail, which is a two mile loop. Within park boundaries is a thirty site campground, that has a picnic area.
Recreation - Cedar Breaks supports a variety of recreation opportunities, that include hiking, picnicking, camping, viewing exhibits, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. The Visitor center is a great place to get specifics on the activity in which you are interested.
Climate - Cedar Breaks is a high-elevation site, above 10,000 feet. Visitors should be prepared for cold temperatures throughout the year. In summer, daytime highs are cool, with temperatures reaching 60 to 70 degrees F. Overnight lows during the summer can dip into the 30s. Subfreezing temperatures, snow and high winds can occur at any time of the year. Afternoon thunderstorms are common through July and August. Visitors should bring a jacket and comfortable walking shoes or sturdy hiking boots, if planning to hike on either of the park's two hiking trails.
Although the facilities are not open during the winter visitors are welcome to explore the park. Individuals who enter the park via skis, snowshoes or snowmobiles, must be prepared for extreme winter conditions.
This National Monument is located 23 miles east of Cedar City, Utah. The site lies in southwestern Utah and is surrounded by the Dixie National Forest. It is accessible from State Highway 14.