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Best trails in Cedar Breaks National Monument

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Looking for a great trail in Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah? AllTrails has 9 great hiking trails, views trails, wildlife 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 4 easy trails in Cedar Breaks National Monument ranging from 1.3 to 2.2 miles and from 10,351 to 10,610 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

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.

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Map of trails in Cedar Breaks National Monument
Park information
Park hours
Monday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Contact
(435) 586-0787
Top trails (9)
#1 - Spectra Point and Rampart Overlook Trails
Cedar Breaks National Monument
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 2 h 3 m
The park's flush toilets, running water, fee booth and information center are closed for the winter season. Visitors can still access the road through the park, all trails, overlooks, picnic area, andShow more
#2 - Alpine Pond Trail
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h 1 m
Delightful loop trail to pond, flowers, magnificent view of Cedar Breaks No matter how conditioned or experienced of a hiker you are, I've got to call this one a mod-strenuous; if only due to the higShow more
#3 - Spectra Point Trail
Cedar Breaks National Monument
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 1 h 2 m
Two mile round trip hike along the rim of Cedar Breaks amphitheater. Located at 10,350 feet elevation, Cedar Breaks National Monument makes a nice reprieve from the summers heat found at Zion NationaShow more
#4 - Bartizan Arch Trail
Cedar Breaks National Monument
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Length: 5 mi • Est. 2 h 50 m
This Backcountry route includes the beautiful Shooting Star Waterfall Located at 10,350 feet elevation, Cedar Breaks National Monument makes a nice reprieve from the summers heat found at Zion NationShow more
#5 - Point Supreme Overlook Trail
Cedar Breaks National Monument
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Length: 0.2 mi • Est. 5 m
Point Supreme Overlook Trail is a 0.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cedar City, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is prShow more
#6 - Alpine Pond North Loop
Cedar Breaks National Monument
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Length: 1.3 mi • Est. 36 m
Alpine Pond North Loop is a 1.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Cedar City, Utah that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking,Show more
#7 - Twisted Forest
Cedar Breaks National Monument
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 34 m
Twisted Forest is a 0.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Brian Head, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hikinShow more
#8 - Sunset Trail
Cedar Breaks National Monument
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h
Sunset Trail is a 2.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Brian Head, Utah that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used fShow more
#9 - Dark Hollow - Second Left Hand Canyon
Cedar Breaks National Monument
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Length: 8.9 mi • Est. 5 h 3 m
This ride features two outstanding attractions: more than a mile of vertical descent and colorful rock formations similar to those found at Cedar Breaks. Abrupt descents, rocky stretches and a stream Show more