Looking for a great trail in Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah? AllTrails has 7 great hiking trails, walking trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 3 easy trails in Cedar Breaks National Monument ranging from 0.9 to 2.2 miles and from 9,750 to 10,606 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Like standing on the crest of a breaking wave, Cedar Breaks National Monument, administered by the National Parks Service, rests at the end of the Markagunt 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 brilliant colors of Cedar Breaks to be more 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 National Park's 1000 feet over 10 miles. Cedar Breaks is also at high elevation, sitting 10,350 feet at the visitors center. The Markagunt Plateau consists of an alpine ecosystem with snow often lingering in the alpine meadows or beneath the pine trees until mid-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. The night skies in the park are breathtaking, and star gazing from your sleeping bag is a unique and memorable experience. Cedar Breaks Individual Entrance Fee (16 +Years) : $6 Per Person * Valid for seven days, this fee is for visitors, age 16 or older, entering the park. This fee is paid at the entrance station at Point Supreme.

rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Started this trail at 9am on a sunny November morning. Patches of ice and a snow field situated on the downward slopping section of the trail made for a nerve-wracking hike in some sections. Should have brought the yaktracks (and ended up going off trail for a portion due to the slippery paths). Views are absolutely spectacular, though. Enjoyed having the trail to ourselves (unlike in Bryce Canyon NP).

Amazing. Expansive. Great trail for running. Did get sunburned on a not very warm day, due to deceptively high elevation for this type of terrain. Wear sunscreen even if you plan to be out less than 30-45 minutes.

hiking
5 months ago

Great for kids too! Gorgeous views and not too strenuous.

hiking
5 months ago

Great for family a young kids. The end of the hike is amazing views. Dangerous at end of hike so keep the kids back from edge of the canyon.

Very under rated park.

The bristle cone pines are amazing!!! Beautiful trees contrast against a stark landscape creating a wonderful journey. An easy walk/hike of 4 miles with a modest 500 ft of elevation gain on the way back. Very few people on the trail most walked to the first overlook for a photo, some went s far as spectra point but few traveled the 2 miles to rampart overlook. 25 campsites at the monument and plenty to do in the area. A great rest day on our Utah journey

Excellent walk and views to get in between Bryce and Zion national parks! A total change of scenery and a refreshing one (Driving up to the peak of Brian Head is also a great part that is on the way as well, and in Brian Head you can find some good pizza that goes great with the winter feeling!)

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful easy trail. Great trail during the summer or fall. Since it's high elevation, I wouldn't recommend it during spring since there still could be snow. We have hiked this several times and love it. Wildflowers are great in the summer and you can get some great pics of Cedar Breaks along the lower trail. Like all hiking trails, you still need proper footware. We saw several people with either flip flops or ladies dress sandles ... bad idea. The upper trail is more trees and meadows, but still fun to hike. I would recommend doing this as a full loop to get the full expience of seeing the pond from up close and above. There are some trail guides at the start (if available) that are fun for kids to read at each of the markers along the way. This trail is good for all ages.

I took two five year olds on this hike - only to the Spectra Point Lookout. I LOVED it! Nice stretches right along the cliffs (yes, keep an eye on your kids) and some nice stretches in the woods. So many incredible views. Bang for your buck, this was a great hike with my littles.

Love being surrounded by all of the green trees and flowers. Water is always nice to have on a trail, especially when you live in Vegas. Pretty easy trail if you can handle the elevation.

hiking
6 months ago

This was a great hike. We took our 2 year old and he walked the entire way to the top. Beautiful views and scenery!!

Great hike.

Spectacular views!

Great hike. Awesome view at the end. Watch your footing as the soils are loose. 4 of 7 of us fell coming down.

scenic driving
7 months ago

Not a hike. This is 100% spectacular views for miles and miles. Just a short jaunt from the Visitor Center. We got lucky and was there for the Wildflower Festival in July 2018. So many flowers in bloom!!!! But the views of Cedar Breaks is awe inspiring!!!

hiking
7 months ago

Good trail with some nice views of the park and many beautiful wildflowers

Great trail with beautiful views of the breaks, lots of wildflowers and wildlife

Easy walk to an overlook with great views of the park.

trail running
7 months ago

Incredible trail through an ancient bristlecone pine forest with a gorgeous blend of red orange and green, showcasing the unique geology of the area with a great view at the top. You can literally stand right on the edge of the breaks (careful of the loose soil!)

hiking
7 months ago

Loved this hike, but it's not for the faint of heart. The unsupported trail from Ramparts thins the crowds (we never saw anyone else), and if you just patiently keep going you get to the arches. When reading the reviews we were unsure whether we should follow the ridge line (very steep and dangerous) or go down on the river bed (safer but much less visibility). It turned out that the final 1/4 mile has a nice trail that you stumble upon from the river bed. That's the way we'll do this in the future. :)

The hike is absolutely beautiful and well worth it.

This is a short, paved trail with no elevation gain that goes to a view point, more of a walk than a hike. Many people walk up to the view point, glance in and leave. This, I feel, shortchanges this view. There is so much to look at in the canyon if one has patience, time, and maybe binoculars. Did you see the arch? :D I am sure there is more to see.. we may go back again and do some more staring! :D

There is also another paved trail that turns off this trail that goes along side the canyon to the campground.

The views would be awesome all along the trail, but we only finished a small portion of it due to fear of heights!! Our recording shows us going in a very short distance taking a little over an hour. This is because we went on the weekend for the Wildflower Festival and went on a wildflower hike. The hike leader was very knowledgable about all the flora and fauna, which took time to stop at various flowers and plants to explain to us about the various natural elements of the park.

hiking
8 months ago

Took the lower trail. Beautiful views and flowers. My four year old did great.

hiking
8 months ago

It’s easier to park on the northern side. Pleasant walk on the higher route, leads to the ridge overlook. Pond was a little scummy so not the best.

hiking
8 months ago

Not real exciting, but enjoyable. Upper loop has a rock formation we liked climbing.

Cedar Breaks is a beautiful view and has some very dark skies. A nice park and look then go type of thing. This hike is nice and short but you do not really see anything different.

hiking
8 months ago

Altitude wasn't an issue with the minimal elevation change. Nice views and variety.

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