"Utah: plenty of scenic wonders" Cedar Breaks National Monument Things to Do Tip by upsouthvolleyball

  Cedar break May 2006
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      Cedar break May 2006
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  • Joshua Tree Scenic Byway - Cedar Breaks National Monument
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We visited Cedar Breaks in the middle of May, 2006. I had researched our Utah adventure enough to know that the trails at Cedar Breaks are only along the rim. We were staying in St. George so it was only a short drive up to Cedar Breaks. We got there early, around 10:30. Left 90+ degrees in St. George and headed up to 10,000 plus feet and it was in the middle 50's.
Cedar Breaks is stunning, steep and the colors are perhaps more extreme than Bryce. There was however 3 feet of snow on the ground in the shade! The rim trails were out of the question as I hadn't packed my snow shoes. You could easily navigate the drifts to get out to the 5 or 6 major viewpoints. The snow in the crevices made the photos that much more dramatic. It really was worth the drive up there. I imagine hiking the trails around the top of it would be well worth your time if you were there in the summer months.
How cool/awesome is the state of Utah? After discovering that we wouldn't be able to hike the rim at Cedar Breaks and seeing all of the views from the round trip drive, we drove back toward St. George and had a great picnic lunch in the Kolob Canyon section of Zion. After lunch we had enough time to drive down to the Valley of Fire in Nevada. We arrived at the V of F around 3:30 and hiked some great, short (important: short, temp. at the V of F: 103!) hikes in narrow canyons and saw fascinating petroglyphs and pictographs. Left the Valley of Fire around 6:30 and drove back up to St. George on the Joshua Tree Scenic Byway. Yes, it probably was a 300+ mile trip but the Speed Limit in Utah is 70 and the roads are nice and wide open. The travel was almost as enjoyable as the four areas we visited this day.
If you've never been, Utah is jam packed with scenic wonders. I had read that every turn you take unveils a stunning new vista. It is absolutely true.

Address: Southern Utah
Directions: North of St. George, Utah
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