|Subscribe | What is RSS|
Road through Cedar Breaks Closed for the 2016/2017 Winter SeasonCedar Breaks National Monument, Utah. Highway 148 through Cedar Breaks National Monument, connecting Utah Highways 14 and 143, has been closed for the winter season. According to Superintendent Paul Roelandt "We have reached that time of year when heavy snow accumulation and constant drifting has made it unsafe to keep the road open."
The portion of Highway 143, through Cedar Breaks National Monument connecting Panguitch with Brian Head and Parowan, will remain open throughout the winter. This section will occasionally be closed during and immediately after heavy snowstorms and high winds. For current road conditions, please call Utah Department of Transportation Travel Information Service at 1-866-511-8824 (or 511 if calling from within Utah.)
Although the State Route 148 is now closed, Cedar Breaks continues to provide many opportunities for outdoor recreation. To celebrate and share the beauty of our dark night skies, Cedar Breaks hosts a series of star parties in nearby Brian Head. Additionally our winter ranger station (or yurt), located in the northern part of the park, will be staffed on most weekends by volunteers from 11 am to 3 pm (weather permitting.) As the snow accumulates, trails will be marked for use by snowshoers and skiers from the north park boundary along the north rim of the breaks and along the Alpine Pond Trail in the park. Ranger guided snowshoe walks will also be offered to the public every Saturday in January through March. Visit https://www.nps.gov/cebr/planyourvisit/calendar.htm for more details on our winter events.
The park's snowmobile route will also be marked, but remains closed until sufficient snow accumulates on the unplowed road, enabling us to groom the snowmobile trail through the park. Snowmobiles must remain on the marked route within Cedar Breaks in order to protect park plants and wildlife. Snowmobilers must also stay alert for other recreationists to ensure a high quality, safe visitor experience.
Anyone planning to visit the park during the winter months should check the weather forecast and road conditions before heading out. Questions regarding winter recreational activities may be directed to the park's administrative headquarters at
(435) 586-9451 ext. 4420