• Cedar Breaks amphitheater

    Cedar Breaks

    National Monument Utah

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?

Fall Colors on Cedar Mountain

Cedar Breaks National Monument was rated as one of the "Top 8 Unique Destinations to View Fall Colors," by the NBC Today Show. Stop by during September and October to see these colors for yourself!