Cedar Breaks National Monument

While not as large as Zion or Bryce Canyon, Cedar Breaks National Monument is a local gem that showcases the classic red rocks and unique rock formations that Southern Utah is famous for. At 10,000 feet in elevation, bristlecone pine and quaking aspens intermingle along the sloping mountains leading to the red cliffs and hoodoos inhabiting this natural coliseum. Cedar Breaks is beautiful all year long, and while cold in the winter, is still a sight to see when accompanied with snow (when roads aren’t closed due to the weather). A popular time of year to visit is during the peak of the fall colors, when the aspen trees turn to radiant shades of yellows and populate the entire region nearby, usually in early October. During the summer, lush meadows filled with vibrant wildflowers and wildlife. When Zion is too hot to hike during the summer, Cedar Breaks experiences much milder temperatures in the 60’s and 70’s with sunshine.  The Cedar Breaks lookout is easily accessed by car and gives you a wide look over the most scenic parts of the national monument. Late spring, summer, and early fall are the perfect times to hike this breathtaking landscape on your own or with the family. Just 3 miles from Brian Head and Admission is $4.00 per adult with children 16 and under being free. This pass lasts a week long.

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