Like standing on the crest of a breaking wave, Cedar Breaks National Monument rests at the end of the Markagut Plateau, its amphitheater stretching below full of colorful pillars and sculpted rock called Hoodoos. The pillars are carved from limestone which eroded away much the same way as Bryce Canyon. However, many find the colors to be more brilliant and dramatic. This visual effect could be caused by Cedar Breaks' larger and deeper amphitheater. Dropping at a rate of 2500 vertical feet over just 3 miles versus Bryce Canyon 1000 feet over 10 miles. Cedar Breaks is also higher in elevation sitting 10,350 feet at the visitors center. The Markagut Plateau consists of an alpine ecosystem with snow often lingering beneath the pine trees until late June or early July. Valleys of wildflowers consist of: Indian paintbrush, Yarrow, Penstemon and Lupine. Their colors peak in mid to late July. Many services are closed in late fall and winter, but the park is opened as soon as snow can be cleared from Hwy-148 generally in late May. Camping is not allowed in the amphitheater and only a small campground exists at the park on a first come - first served basis.
I would hardly qualify this as a hike, but absolutely worth a quick stop for an incredibly beautiful view- especially with snow on the ground. Note visitor center closed in winter and the parking lot was packed snow and ice if you are driving a small car.
Zhou (Joe) Y. on Alpine Pond Trail
Easy walk. Great for families with kids. The pond looks fantastic in the fall.
Zhou (Joe) Y. on Spectra Point and Rampart Overlook Trails
Pretty easy for most hikers when dry. The view is great. Best for summer and early fall.
Chuck C. on Bartizan Arch Trail
This is actually a 6 mile out and back. The 2 mile round trip from Rampart to Bartizan's Arch is a little more difficult since there is no defined trail and there are a few loose side slope areas just before the arch. Very much worth the effort though.
It is a very beautiful hike with thick pine on one side and brilliant red rock on the other. Very few people on the trail so you get to relax and enjoy the sites and is relatively easy. Bring bug spray though, got bitten a few times even with spray.
Katie P. on Point Supreme Overlook Trail
Great, short hike that takes you to a viewpoint that certainly offers amazing views.
Katie P. on Spectra Point and Rampart Overlook Trails
I didn't hike the entire length of this trail, got just about as far as Spectra Point before an approaching thunderstorm made me head back to the visitor's center. This trail along the rim offers amazing views of the canyon and surrounding areas. I've lived in Utah all my life, hike in the mountains. On this hike was the first time I ever noticed the altitude having an effect on me. It wasn't much of an effect but at over 10,000 ft it does make it a bit harder to catch your breath at times.