Parowan Gap was created when an ancient river carved a notch through the Red Hills northwest of Cedar Breaks. At the Gap, the cliff sides are covered with ancient petroglyphs dating back to the Fremont Culture. The most notable of these petroglyphs is the Zipper Glyph, believed to be a solar calendar, for on the day of the summer solstice the sun rises and sets directly though the middle of the gap.
When driving to Cedar Breaks on Highway 14 or Highway 143, you might see what appear to be fields of dirt along the road. These are actually the remains of lava flows from nearby cinder cones and faults. Just east of Cedar Breaks is Mammoth Cave, a quarter-mile long lava tube which can be explored with a flashlight and sturdy footwear.
Navajo Lake is located about 15 miles east of Cedar Breaks of Highway 14. There are plenty of activities available, from fishing and swimming to camping and hiking. For a short one-mile hike, try the Cascade Falls Trail which leads to a scenic overlook of the falls. There are also several mountain biking trails surrounding the lake.
Just a few miles east of Navajo Lake is Duck Creek Village. Lodging, restaurants, and a gas station are available in this town, as well as rental services for snowmobiles and ATVs. Duck Creek Days is an annual festival held every third weekend in July, and features live music, a chili cook-off, and various booths.
For plenty of downhill skiing and snowboarding, visit Brian Head Resort just three miles north of Cedar Breaks. Lodging, equipment rentals, and lessons are also available. In the summer, the town of Brian Head also offers lodging, restaurants, and mountain biking trails. For more information about upcoming events in Brian Head, visit the Brian Head Chamber of Commerce.
Every summer Cedar City hosts the annual Utah Shakespeare Festival on the campus of Southern Utah University. A variety of shows are offered each year, from classic Shakespeare plays to contemporary comedies and dramas. Tickets can be purchased in advance or on the day of the show.
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Did You Know?
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.