Cedar Breaks National Monument
Cedar Breaks is a natural amphitheater canyon, stretching across 3 miles (4.8 km), with a depth of over 2,000 feet (610 m). The elevation of the rim of the canyon is over 10,000 feet (3,000 m) above sea level.
The eroded rock of the canyon is similar to formations at Bryce Canyon National Park, but has its own beautiful and distinct look.
Cedar Breaks is a short 30 minute drive from The Iron Gate Inn B&B. We would be happy to provide you with directions or a map to enjoy this local treasure.
In the warmer months, wildlife can often be seen as there are not the crowds of people often found in the larger, better-known parks. The bristlecone pine, a species of tree that lives longer than any other known thing, can also be found in the high country, with some local specimens known to be more than 1600 years old. Meadows dot the canyon rim in such areas as around Alpine Pond, which is within an easy hike from the road along a clear trail.
Spring begins in June at this elevation, when wildflowers cover the canyon rim. Each July, Cedar Breaks National Monument hosts the Wildflower Festival highlighting the dozens of varieties with information and hikes to locate them.
Because of its elevation, snow often makes it inaccessible to vehicles from October through May. Its canyon-rim visitor center is open only from June through October. But the area is open to cross-country skiers and snowmobiles during the winter months.