Cedar Breaks National Monument – Cedar Canyon

Cedar Breaks is a magnificent National Monument that is almost forgotten most of the time due to its location to three major National Parks; Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park and The North Rim of The Grand Canyon. Which is pretty sad considering that Cedar Breaks is absolutely stunning. Think of it as like a miniature Bryce Canyon, except the hoodoos and rock formations are almost more vibrantly red than the ones you will find in Bryce.

Cedar Breaks Sunset
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The roads that lead to Cedar Breaks are absolutely captivating all in their own. With wildflower meadows, aged bristlecone pines, streams and cool refreshing air. If you’re looking for a scenic relaxing drive, or trying to get out and do some hiking, this is one of the best places to go. Due to the little amount of tourism here, it is almost secluded. There are multiple hikes all along the sides that you can pull of that are short and simple with spectacular views. If you are heading to Cedar Breaks from the Cedar City side, you will have the opportunity to stop at The Zion Overlook, where you can see Navajo Lake and Zion National Park from Cedar Canyon, which is by far one of the most remarkable Views.

Prepare to be amazed as you reach the Cedar Breaks Amphitheater destination. Standing at a staggering 10,000 ft. elevation, and dropping down int o the amphitheater to its bottom 2,000 ft. down. This monument will take your breath away as you gaze upon the many stunning and bright red rock formations and hoodoos which contrast strongly against the green bristlecone pines. This really is one of the most magnificent monuments in the U.S.

Many say that is Cedar Breaks was not located in such close proximity to Zion, Bryce and The Grand Canyon that it would be one of the most sought out Tourist locations. With good trip planning, you can hit all four parks and be amazed at all stops.