Exploring the Earth and Sky of the West

Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah

Cedar Breaks National Monument sits high on the Markagunt Plateau of southern Utah, sandwiched in-between the more well-known destinations of Zion and Bryce Canyon. At over 10,000 feet above sea level, the monument provides a welcome respite from the summer heat, with a landscape that rivals any on the Colorado Plateau. A massive eroded amphitheater filled with stone hoodoos, fins, and arches is the main attraction here, but it’s only the tip of the iceberg. I had the pleasure of working at Cedar Breaks for a little over three years, and it’s the summer wildflowers (some of the best I’ve seen anywhere), wildlife, dark night skies, and peaceful winter snowshoe journeys that I recall most fondly.

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