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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
11 days ago

hiking
12 days ago

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

We only had time to do Spectra Point, but it was well worth the mile or so hike each way. It is a bit steep in some places, but easy for a kid to do. You get to walk along the side of narrow cliff and the overlook is beautiful.

The best thing about Cedar Breaks in the summer is the cool temperatures, at least 20 degrees cooler than in Cedar City below. This is really the only moderately difficult hike in the monument. The other options are either very short or very long. The views on this hike are great, but beware that it is pretty much all downhill on the way to Rampart Overlook and you are going to have to climb back up, at an altitude that is going to make it tough if you are not acclimated. Also, note that there are often torrential thunderstorms in the afternoon, with hail possible, and the mud on the trail makes it like you are walking through clay. I did this one year in August and it snowed.

hiking
24 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Lots of loose rocks before arch so watch your footing. Well worth to keep going past Ramparts and Spectra. No defined trail but if you keep going, you'll find the arch.

The challenge is well worth the pain! Go for it!

Great views and outlooks!