• Cedar Breaks amphitheater

    Cedar Breaks

    National Monument Utah

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  • Highway 148 is Open

    UT 148, the main road through Cedar Breaks, is open! The Visitor Center and restrooms are open, and Point Supreme Campground will open June 6. More »

Inventory and Monitoring

To make sound management decisions, park managers need to know how and why natural systems change over time, and what amount of change is normal. National Park Service scientists monitor the “vital signs” of national park ecosystems—much like a physician measures a patient’s heartbeat and blood pressure to determine well-being and help diagnose problems.


The Northern Colorado Plateau Network (NCPN), which is part of the National Park Service’s Inventory & Monitoring Program, collects long-term data on a variety of natural resources. Ecologists then organize, analyze, and synthesize those data and provide the results to park staff. The information collected can provide early warning of ecosystem changes, allowing park managers to develop mitigation measures and reduce management costs.

At Cedar Breaks NM, the network monitors air quality, climate, land surface phenology, landscape dynamics, and uplands.

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...