Cedar Breaks National Monument
Highway 148 to Cedar Breaks is closed each winter due to snow.
The amphitheater of Cedar Breaks is majestic; drawing attention in
the most subtle way, with colors that soothe, beauty that excites and a geological and human history that beckons visitors to want to learn more. Cedar Breaks does not boast of fourteen amphitheaters
as Bryce Canyon does, but instead whispers a tale of one incredible show. So many call Cedar Breaks a smaller version of Bryce Canyon, but they do not fully appreciate Cedar Breaks. The colors are more
subtle, the hoodoos more detailed, vertical and delicate. The air is crisper and the forests are grander. The craggy expanse of the 2500 ft. deep and three-mile wide cliff excites those that stand at the rim. Cedar Breaks is one of the most outstanding places in the Southwest.
Cedar Breaks Scenic Drive
Along the drive to Cedar Beaks you get to experience Dixie National Forest's Cedar Mountain
recreation area. You will pass spur roads to scenic drives, lakes, campgrounds
and trails on your way to Cedar Breaks National Monument. Highway 14, over Cedar Mountain, is lined
with mixtures of towering aspens and evergreens. Along the ground are groves
of ancient volcanic rock and multitudes of flowers, grasses, mushrooms and other
delights. From Highway 14 turn onto Highway 148 to get to Cedar Breaks. Once there enjoy the five-mile scenic drive. This short road takes visitors to many of the monuments attractions including the four developed view points: Spectra Point, Point Supreme, Chessmen Ridge and Sunset View. Spectra Point displays the most detailed hoodoos. Point Supreme has perhaps the best view of the Bryce Canyon amphitheater. At Chessman Ridge the hoodoos look like giant chess pieces and Sunset View is of course the best spot to watch the sun set.
The stark beauty of this natural area is breathtaking. Cedar Breaks displays one of the most dramatic and uncommon geological attractions on our planet - a collection of hoodoos. Hoodoos are oddly formed columns of rock that, in the case of Cedar Breaks, protrude from badlands. Hoodoos are tall, but not smooth like a spire. They are common in Cedar Breaks, Bryce Canyon and Red Canyon and a few select areas in between. The hoodoo starts out as a wall then erode to a fin and finally transform to the tall, odd looking rock that we call a hoodoo.
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.
The Annual Wildflower Festival in Cedar Breaks is held from the end of June until mid-July. Cedar Breaks is bursting with the color of wildflowers as the snow melts and gives up the meadows, woods and marshes to Indian paintbrush, gorgeous white primrose, lupine,
Aspen bluebells, Colorado columbine, fireweed, little sunflowers, Markagunt penstemon, parry primrose, prairie smoke
and larkspur to name a few.