to Cedar Breaks National Monument. Cedar
Breaks National Monument is situated at an elevation of
10,000 feet, and surrounded by Dixie National Forest.
The main feature of Cedar Breaks is a huge natural amphitheater
- a sort of mini Bryce Canyon - which plunges 2,000 feet
into geologic history in the multicolored layers of the
Markagunt Plateau. Inside this colorful bowl are hundreds
of limestone formations. The pillars, columns, hoodoos
and other oddities here seem particularly vivid because
they are concentrated in a small area, and the surrounding
alpine vegetation is lush and green. Millions of years
of sedimentation, uplift and erosion have created a deep
canyon of rock walls, fins, spires and columns that make
up Cedar Breaks. These formations in Cedar Breaks National
Monument span some three miles.
Breaks National Monument is 23 miles east of Cedar City
and three miles south of the resort town, Brian Head.
Cedar Breaks National Monument is open from late May to
mid October. The campground is open mid-June to mid-Sept.
Cedar Breaks is a premier cross-country skiing and snowmobiling
destination in the winter with access from Brian Head
The rim of Cedar Breaks National Monument is forested
with islands of Englemann spruce, subalpine fir and aspen;
separated by broad meadows of brilliant summertime wild
flowers. To learn more about Cedar Breaks National Monument
be sure to get a Grand
Circle Travel Packet!