Cedar Breaks National Monument is a spectacular area that rivals many National Parks. The pink shades are magnificent and the hoodoos are hypnotic. The hikes in this area are all above the rim, unlike in Bryce Canyon National Park, however you can do some exploring and follow routes in Dixie National Forest that will take you to the hoodoo floor and through some fun rivers. The hike is called Ashdown Creek – Rattlesnake Trail or Cedar Breaks Bottom, and it’s a favorite of those who like to do some deep exploring.
Cedar Breaks Scenic Drive
The five-mile Cedar Breaks scenic drive, along SR-148, leads to four view points. These include Spectra Point, Sunset View, Chessmen Ridge and Point Supreme.
Winter Road Closure
SR-148 is usually closed from late October until the snow melts enough in the spring for the plows to clear it.. Cross country skiers and snowmobiles visit the park throughout the winter and snowmobiles are allowed on snow packed SR-48.
The East side of Zion National Park brings you close to not only Zion National Park, but also Bryce Canyon, Cedar Breaks, Coral Pink Sand Dunes, Cedar Breaks, Grand Staircase-Escalante and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.
There are a variety of lodging accommodations in the East Zion area including cabins, ranches, a Best Western, small family owned hotels, RV parks, campgrounds and vacation homes. Make your lodging reservations in the heart of southern Utah’s most magnificent National Parks and Monuments, and you will have a vacation you will never forget
Hoodoos along a hike in
Cedar Breaks National Monument.
Cedar Breaks National Park is a short drive from
the east side of Zion National Park
Cedar Breaks Geology Programs
Geology talks are usually offered from late May to mid-October between 10 am and 5 pm daily. Check at the Cedar Breaks Visitor Center for more information.
Hiking at Cedar Breaks
Alpine Pond Trail
The Alpine Pond Trail is an easy two-mile round-trip. Begin the trail at the Chessman Overlook viewpoint rather than the Alpine Pond Trailhead to get great views of the hoodoos from the beaten path.
Wasatch Ramparts Trail
The two-mile Wasatch Ramparts Trail begins at the Cedar Breaks Visitor Center and it follows the edge of the amphitheater.
Hiking just outside Cedar Breaks
Ashdown Gorge – Rattlesnake Creek
If you are the adventurous type, then hike this wonderful, ten-mile downhill route. The path takes you along Rattlesnake Creek, then into Ashdown Gorge where you will wade through the water quite a bit, and then end up where you need to station a car shuttle. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for Flanigan Arch which is located 1.5 miles from the end of the route. Check with the Cedar Breaks Visitor Center for hiking conditions. Never hike this route when water levels are high, or there is threat of a storm.
Hike to find the Largest Living thing in the World
This is the Aspen trees. They are abundant in Cedar Breaks and the surrounding Dixie National Forest. The aspens live in groves where many trees are derived from the root system of a single tree.
Pick up a Wildflower Guide and find the names of the Flowers
Wildflowers are abundant at Cedar Breaks. Pick up a guide at the Cedar Breaks Visitor Center and try to identify them.
Learn about the Forest Renewal Cycle
Why are the Engelmann Spruce dying and why is it a natural cycle? Visit the Cedar Breaks Visitor Center to find out.
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