This area's human history reaches back thousands of years. The Southern Paiute called Cedar Breaks “u-map-wich”, or “the place where the rocks are sliding down all the time.” Ungkaw Pekonump is another Paiute name that translates into red-cove. Settlers later called it “Cedar Breaks,” by misidentifying the area’s juniper trees as cedars. “Breaks,” is a geographic term to describe a sharp/abrupt change or “break” in topography.
Last updated: November 8, 2018