Cedar Breaks National Monument is a 3-mile wide, 2,500-foot deep amphitheater of wonderfully colored and eroded spires, ridges, and columns of sandstone. It sits 10,200 feet up in the heavy pine forests of the Markagunt Plateau. Cedar Breaks is very much a concentrated version of Bryce Canyon National Park, consisting of just one large amphitheater, rather than Bryce's 18. (It lacks though to some extent the intricacy of Bryce's eroded forms.)
Cedar Breaks is located in southwestern Utah about 20 miles east of I-15. It is less popular than the larger parks in the area (Bryce Canyon and Zion) and is often relatively uncrowded. It can be visited from late-May/early June to mid-October, after which time snow blocks highway access. The nearest lodging and dining options are in the ski resort town of Brian Head, 3 miles north. The nearest substantial town is Cedar City, located 20 miles to the west.
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