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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.

Beauty of Bryce with peace, wild flowers, and a stream. My 6 year old had no problem and while there are some drops the trails plenty wide so there's never much danger.

Really short but a fun little hike anyways

hiking
4 days ago

hiking
6 days ago

The hike leads to Spectra and then onto Rampart. Great views and photo ops, and much less crowded than Zion. Not good for kids- the canyon ledges are sharp. Highly recommend this hike!

Good trail. Pretty views.

Beautiful hike and wide vistas. Mostly shaded and very moderate. Not bad for kids - if you keep the aww from the edges.

Lovely trail❤️

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.

hiking
7 months ago

Easy hike but narrow in places. Took my 3-year-old and she did great.

Amazing views! The trail to get to Ramparts Overlook is pretty easy because it's all downhill but a little tougher uphill when coming back. Trail can get really muddy.

on Alpine Pond Trail

hiking
8 months ago

Easy walk. Great for families with kids. The pond looks fantastic in the fall.

hiking
8 months ago

Pretty easy for most hikers when dry. The view is great. Best for summer and early fall.

hiking
8 months ago