Cedar Breaks National Monument

March 30th, 2012

Nature, Outdoor adventures, Travel

In this final segment of our three-part blog series, we’ve featured a national monument that we at the Lodge think you should visit.

Cedar Breaks National Monument is an amphitheater canyon that contains thousands of hoodoo geological formations. Designated a national monument in 1933, Cedar Breaks has since become known for its similarity with Bryce Canyon National Park, earning it the nickname “Little Bryce.” But we, at the Lodge at Red River Ranch, like Cedar Breaks just as much as Bryce Canyon. If you are in the area, stop by the rim overlook. It is a fabulous panorama of the national monument and the surrounding canyons. Take the time to hike into Cedar Breaks for a more personal experience with the unique geology.

When to Visit –The rim overlook is at an elevation of 10,000 feet, and consequently, the road to the overlook is impassable from October to April. Because of this, and because the weather is relatively cool, even in the height of summer, we recommend that you visit Cedar Breaks in July or August.

How to Get There – Take I-15 to Cedar City, and then travel east on the Cedar Canyon road for about 20 miles. The way to the monument is designated.

Nearby Attractions – Cedar City hosts the Utah Shakespeare Festival, which is held annually. Zion National Park is about an hour south of Cedar Breaks, and Bryce Canyon about an hour to the north.

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