UT 148 Closed
Utah Highway 148, the main road through Cedar Breaks National Monument, is closed for winter. Until it reopens next spring, we invite all to continue to enjoy the monument on snowshoes, x-country skis, and snowmobiles.
Website Maintenance and Updates
Over the next few weeks, Cedar Breaks' website will be updated. The site will be reorganized, resulting in a better, faster user experience. However, during the update, some pages and links may not be functional. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Winter Ranger Station Construction
The Yurt was constructed in the late fall of 2007. It took a four-person crew three days to fully assemble it. The Yurt is 20 feet in diameter and approximately 10 feet tall from platform to dome. It is a carefully constructed balance between compression and tension. The dome's compression ring must withstand the pressure of the rafters, which radiate outwards to the sides. There, the rafters connect to a stainless steel cable that is stretched taut around the entire circumference of The Yurt. The cable is supported by the lattice framework and doorjamb of the sides, which are in turn supported by a circular platform. Every component of The Yurt was designed to render it well-insulated and protected from the elements. The result is a cool and airy Yurt in the summer, and a warm and cozy Yurt in the winter.
Did You Know?
The difference between a National Monument and a National Park is the way they are created. National Parks require Congressional approval, while National Monuments are established by an Executive Order of the President.