Close to Campus: Cedar Breaks

Referred to as “The Circle of Painted Cliffs” by Native Americans, Cedar Breaks National Monument is a red canyon in Dixie National Forest, 23 miles east of Cedar City. Cedar Breaks offers several recreational activities including sightseeing, hiking, camping and ranger programs.

Alpine Pond and Spectra Point hiking trails are approximately two miles long and appropriate for all age groups. Some of the world’s oldest trees, the Bristlecone pine, grow along both paths. Mountain biking trails are also available for guests. All paths are accessible from the monument parking lot.

Cedar Breaks National Monument is open year round. However, services and roads may be closed October through February due to heavy snow.

Located only three miles from the Brian Head Ski Resort, Cedar Breaks is a prime area for cross-country skiing and snowmobiling during the winter months.

Ranger-led programs are offered at the monument to educate guests on the surrounding area. All classes are held in the Point Supreme Overlook Amphitheater or the Information Center if weather doesn’t permit. Different programs are available daily from May through Labor Day. Each class is 15 to 30 minutes long. Classes are appropriate for all age groups.

Ranger courses and more information is found on the National Parks Service website.

Story by
Ansleigh Mikesell