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CEDAR BREAKS NATIONAL MONUMENT
   

A huge natural amphitheater has been eroded out of the variegated Pink Cliffs (Claron Formation) near Cedar City, Utah. Millions of years of sedimentation, uplift and erosion have created a deep canyon of rock walls, fins, spires and columns, that spans some three miles, and is over 2,000 feet deep. The rim of the canyon is over 10,000 feet above sea level, and is forested with islands of Englemann spruce, subalpine fir and aspen; separated by broad meadows of brilliant summertime wild flowers.

Cedar Breaks National MonumentThe Cedar Breaks Scenic Drive offers beautiful views of the rock formations, meadows and forests. Four developed overlooks, and trailheads for two hiking trails, are located along the scenic drive.

Spectra Point/Ramparts Trail: Moderately strenuous at 10,000 feet above sea level, this trail leads for one mile to the Spectra Point Overlook. Many visitors return to the trailhead from Spectra Point, making a 2-mile round trip. Hikers who are prepared for a slightly more strenuous stretch on this trail may continue one mile further to the Ramparts Overlook at trail's end, then hike the two miles back to the trailhead for a 4-mile round trip.

Alpine Pond Trail: This is a 2-mile self-guided loop trail through meadows and forest to a small spring-fed pond. Illustrated trail guides may be purchased at each trailhead for this moderately strenuous hike.

Geology programs are presented throughout the day, from late May through mid-October at the Point Supreme overlook.

Evening Ranger programs: These informative and entertaining programs are presented each evening during the camping season (mid-June through Labor Day). Daily topics will be posted at the visitor center and other locations throughout the park.

Wildflowers: The meadows at Cedar Breaks are full of a wide variety of wildflowers. Take a camera and a field guide to discover the beauty of alpine flowers. A checklist of the plant species can be obtained at the fee booth.

2012 Field Institute Classes ZCFI classes offered for summer 2012. Enjoy Wildflower Photography at Cedar Breaks, Wildflower Journaling at Cedar Breaks, Cedar Mountain Wildflowers, and Cedar Breaks to Brian Head: A Geologic Adventure.

2012 Wildflower Festival Poster Contest

Each year Cedar Breaks conducts a Wildflower Festival Poster Contest. The winner of this competition will appear in the local newspaper and have their artwork used on the collectible 2010 Wildflower Festival poster. The competition will be judged by a committee composed of botanists, college professors, members of the Cedar City Arts Council and representatives from Cedar Breaks National Monument. A $100.00 cash prize will also be awarded to the winner of this contest!
The winning artwork will be selected in May of 2012.  Click here for the contest submission criteria and form.


 

2012 Wildflower Festival Join us for our annual Wildflower Festival July 7 to July 22, 2012.

Cedar Breaks Nat Mon Star Gazing2012 Star Parties
You're Invited to a Party!

As darkness falls on Cedar Breaks National Monument, a different kind of light illuminates the night sky. That light, which comes from objects out in space transforms the night from a place of darkness into a place of wonder.

To celebrate and share the beauty of our dark night skies, Cedar Breaks hosts a series of star parties throughout the summer season. Each star party is conducted by park staff and astronomy volunteers at Point Supreme. Once the light fades, the party kicks off with a laser light tour of the constellations, followed by star viewing through several telescopes. Observe swirling nebulae, twinkling star clusters, neighborly planets, and distant galaxies. Learn about everything from constellation mythology to the structure of the universe, all in one night!

Star parties are free of charge and are two hours in duration. Telescopes will be provided for viewing, although visitors who own their own telescopes are invited to bring them along. Please dress warmly for the cool night air at this high elevation!

Star parties will be held every Saturday evening beginning in July and extending through Labor Day weekend. Additional star parties are scheduled for full moons and meteor showers. Please note that start times will change as the season progresses.

Dates for the 2012 season:

9:30pm - 11:30pm
July 3 Star party and full moon hike
July 7
July 14
July 21
July 28

9:00pm - 11:00pm
August 1 Star party and full moon hike
August 4
August 11
August 12 Peak of the Perseids meteor shower
August 18
August 25
August 31 Star party and full moon hike
September 1

Star parties may be canceled due to inclement weather: for more information call the visitor center at 435-586-0787 ex. 4031 (during the summer season only).


Celestial Events
July 15th = Full Moon
July 28th = Southern Delta Aquarids
August 12th = Perseids/Full Moon
September 11th = Full Moon

Evening Program in Brian Head, presented by Cedar Breaks National Monument:

Join Cedar Breaks Park Ranger Kerry Soltis at Cedar Breaks Lodge for a special evening presentation: Constellations: Heroes, Villains and Monsters. Hear the stories behind some of your favorite constellations, from the swaggering Orion to the courageous Perseus. Also learn the history of constellation naming, how we obtained the ones we know today, and what people of other cultures see in the night sky. This hour-long program will begin at 8 pm in the Conference Center. Contact Cedar Breaks National Monument or Cedar Breaks Lodge for more detailed information. And, don’t forget to visit Cedar Breaks in the summer. You’ll be able to explore some of the darkest skies in the country at our monthly Star Parties beginning in July.
Cedar Breaks National Monument: 435-586-9451 or visit the website at www.nps.gov/cebr.

Cedar Breaks Lodge: 435-677-3000.

 

For More Information Call:
Cedar Breaks National Monument
2390 W Hwy 56 Suite #11
Cedar City, Utah  84720
435-586-9451

Plan Your Visit

The visitor center at Cedar Breaks National Monument is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. beginning in early June and continuing through mid-October. All visitor facilities are CLOSED from mid-October through late May. The camp ground is open mid-June through mid-September depending upon the weather.

The Cedar Breaks Scenic Drive remains open to vehicular traffic until snow and heavy drifting occur, normally anywhere from late October to early December. Please call 435-586-9451 to check the status of the road before traveling to Cedar Breaks during this time. Winter recreational activities begin once there is sufficient snow depth for cross-country ski, snowshoe, and snowmobile trails.

Cedar Breaks National Monument

2390 W Hwy 56 Suite # 11

Cedar City, Utah 84720

435-586-9451

www.nps.gov/cebr

NPS Cedar Breaks National Monument Information.


 


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