Okay, in this blog we’ve covered all sorts of destinations for you to visit in Southern Utah. The five national parks are, obviously our first recommendation to visitors. But for those who’ve been here before or are looking for something off the beaten path, we often recommend national monuments, which are less visited, but no less stunning. And Cedar Breaks is one of our favorite national monuments in Utah.
Cedar Breaks National Monument is an amphitheater that contains thousands of hoodoos – those geological formations you find in Goblin Valley and Bryce Canyon. In fact, it’s nickname is “Little Bryce.” The overlook into the canyon is a fabulous panorama of the national monument and the surrounding canyons. Take the time to hike into Cedar Breaks for a more “up-close-and-personal” experience with the unique geology.
When to Visit –The rim overlook is at an elevation of 10,000 feet, and consequently, the road to the overlook is impassable from October to April. Because of this, and because the weather is relatively cool up there, summer is a great time to visit. However, we love to go in September (usually in the first weeks) because the aspens begin to change color. And it’s awesome.
How to Get There – Take I–15 to Cedar City, and then travel east on the Cedar Canyon road for about 20 miles. The way to the monument is well-marked.
Nearby Attractions – Cedar City hosts the Utah Shakespeare Festival, which is held annually. Zion National Park is about an hour south of Cedar Breaks, and Bryce Canyon about an hour to the north. So there is plenty to do in addition to Cedar Breaks.