• Cedar Breaks amphitheater

    Cedar Breaks

    National Monument Utah

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  • UT 148 Closed

    Utah Highway 148, the main road through Cedar Breaks National Monument, is closed for the winter season. The route is groomed as a snowmobile trail until mid-March.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a National Monument and a National Park?

A National Park is declared by an act of Congress, while a National Monument is declared by the President.

Why are all the trees dying?

As you drive up to the Monument, you will notice all the dead Engelmann Spruce trees. This is because of the Spruce Bark Beetle. The beetle is an endemic species to the Plateau. This is a natural process that the trees go through. Because it was a Spruce Bark Beetle, the other trees (Subalpine Firs, Bristlecone Pines, et cetera) were not affected by the beetle and will slowly replace the Engelmann Spruce. To learn more about this topic, visit our Why Are the Trees Dying brochure and site discussing the Spruce Bark Beetle.

Why is it called Cedar Breaks?

Cedar refers to the juniper trees that were mistaken for cedars that grow on the slopes below the park. Breaks describes the eroded badlands where the edge of the plateau breaks away to a lower area.

Why is there a fee?

The funds collected for entry have been, and will continue to be, used for maintenance, repair projects, public service programs, signs, and natural and historical resource preservation. To learn more about why fees were implented, visit our fee site discussing this issue.

Did You Know?

Buried in Snow

Cedar Breaks National Monument can get over 15 feet of snow during the winter months. Although most visitor facilities are closed during this time, the Monument is open to travel via cross-country skis, snowshoes and snowmobiles. Volunteers also staff a yurt to warm winter visitors. More...