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Approximately 20 miles east of Cedar City, Utah sits the rim of Cedar Breaks National Monument. This stunning formation reveals a giant coliseum-like structure that ranges from 10,000 feet in elevation at its rim to 2,000 feet of elevation at its floor. But the first things you will notice, without doubt, are the brilliant explosions of red, purple and yellow colors that define it.
Erosion and uplift have helped create arches, spires, pinnacles and canyons – often compared to the formations in Bryce Canyon. The Dixie National Forest surrounds it, and some of the world’s oldest known trees live inside it, along the Spectra Point Trail. Hiking is one of the area’s most popular activities, along with photography, star gazing and wildlife study. The Alpine Pond Trail and Spectra are generally easy walks, but the park’s elevation may make them more challenging for those with breathing issues. Cross-country skiing and snowmobiling opportunities draw the crowds in winter.
Cedar Breaks NM is open seasonally, with summer and winter windows. Be sure to make time to investigate the Visitor Center to get tips on the best, most sustainable ways to explore this stunning Monument.