Most people drive right past Cedar Breaks National Monument and speed toward Zion National Park and Bryce National Park beyond that, but if these two national parks weren't in southern Utah, Cedar Breaks would get a lot more press. This natural area appears to be an interesting combination of the two, with the red rocks from Zion and some of the hoodoo spires from Bryce. Visitors can't hike into the basin, but ranger talks at the rim and a few rim hikes provide context for the natural and cultural history of the area.
Check out the special ranger-led star parties held during the summer months, and, in the winter when the thoroughfare is closed, strap on cross-country skis and claim the area for yourself. A springtime visit is worthwhile for viewing the wildflowers.
By AFAR Traveler, AFAR Local Expert
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