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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.

hiking
19 days ago

hiking
20 days ago

hiking
20 days ago

Hiked the upper trail. Just a note, signs said no dogs allowed, even on leash.

Fairly easy

hiking
1 month ago

The view is gorgeous but the hike isn't much. We took little kids and had to carry them. It is nothing but steep rocky pathways, the kids slid and fell every time they tried to walk.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Lower loop is gorgeous, definitely check it out! Upper is relatively boring but would be good for trail running.