Cedar Breaks National Monument

Cedar Breaks is described as a miniature Bryce Canyon and it does not disappoint.  Located in Southern Utah just west of Bryce Canyon it sits on top of the Colorado Plateau at over 10,000 feet.  The amphitheater extends three miles and drops off 2,000 feet.  Hiking is limited to the 4 mile round trip Spectra Point Trail on the rim, a spectacular experience in summer as the wildflowers bloom in a myriad of colors.  Ranger guided tours are available on Saturday and Sunday from late May through mid October.  The scenic drive is open until heavy snow forces closure to all but cross country skiers and snowmobilers.  A small campground offering 28 sites (no hookups) is available on a first come first serve basis.  Cedar Breaks is said to be less crowded than other parks in the “Grand Circle.”  We did not enjoy the quiet intimate experience we had hoped for due to the crowds.  We did however visit Fourth of July weekend.  Next time we will try to make it mid week, off season.  www.nps.gov/cebr

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