Cedar Breaks National Monument
6,154 acres of Cedar Breaks was proclaimed a national monument on August 22, 1933 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. In 1919 the guidance of Cedar Breaks was taken over by the National Park Service. Paiutes called Cedar Breaks "Circle of Painted Cliffs" due to the brilliant color of the huge coliseum shaped bowl that is surrounded by forest on all sides. The new name was given by the early settlers after observing an abundance of what they thought were Cedar trees. Actually there are no Cedar trees in the area, it was Utah Juniper they saw. The Cedar Breaks Visitor Center
was built in 1937 by the
Civilian Conservation Corps. The CCC also built the "
roadside stations" that we enjoy today as the scenic overlooks.
Cedar Breaks Lodging
Directions to Cedar Breaks
Cedar Breaks can be reached via Highway 14 from Highway 89, or from I15 at Cedar City. Highway 143 travels to the Parowan and Panguitch area. Due to the high elevation at Cedar Breaks, Highway 143 is closed from late October until late May. Snowmobiles are allowed in the park when the snow levels are sufficient and cross country skiing is always welcome. Map
The Colors of Cedar Breaks
Cedar Breaks has few rivals when it comes to an autumn show and colorful rocks. Richly colored stone rises up from the base. The abundant groves of aspen trees glow with yellow and red. The hoodoos put on a colorful show of their own. Iron and manganese oxide impurities are responsible for the variety of colors in the limestone rocks. The contrast of black is offered by lava beds, left over from small volcanic eruptions. The lava rocks are found throughout the Cedar Breaks and Cedar Mountain area.
Cedar Breaks Camping
Point Supreme Campground is located 2 miles north of the south entrance. The campground is open from mid-June to mid-September.
Cedar Breaks Fees
Cedar Breaks Individual Fee
$4 Per Person (Valid for 7 Days)
This fee is for all visitors, age 17 or older, entering the park with a private, non-commercial vehicle. Children age 16 and under are free.
The America the Beautiful Pass
You may use your America the Beautiful Pass to enter Cedar Breaks. The America the Beautiful Pass costs $80 dollars and will get you into all federal lands for a year. It can be purchased at the entrance to Cedar Breaks or any park. Buying the pass at the place you visit allows 80% of the fees to stay in that place.
Zion National Park Vacation: Color Country
Cedar Breaks is just a short drive from the East side of Zion Park and is a great addition to your vacation plans.
You will see the hunched back flute player often during your travels to Southern Utah. It is abundant on gifts and ancient scratching in the desert varnish of cliffs and caves. The image has been named Kokopelli and has been found in ruins dating back to 200 A.D. The name came about when the Hopi people made Kachina Dolls to sell in gift shops of Arizona. The original figures were vividly phallic and the figure is unmistakably male.