• 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 »

Insects, Spiders, Centipedes, Millipedes

Spruce Beetle Damage
Spruce Beetle Damage

Spruce Bark Beetle (Dendroctonus rufipennis)

The Spruce Bark beetle is native to the Markagunt Plateau and, like fire, act as an agent of renewal in old forests. As you drive through the park, you will notice many dead spruce trees. The beetle is responsible for these dead trees.

The beetle lays its eggs in the bark of the Engelmann Spruce trees. The beetle larvae tunnel through the live wood of the tree, cutting off the flow of water and nutrients to the tops of the trees. After the second year of infestation the tree's needles turn brown and fall off indicating the tree's demise.

To learn more about why the trees are dying, visit our brochure discussing this topic.

Did You Know?

Winter at Point Supreme Overlook

Cedar Breaks National Monument can get about 250 days of freezing temperatures during the year. This freezing process contributes to the erosion that shapes the Cedar Breaks amphitheater.