Exploring the Earth and Sky of the West

Cedar Breaks National Monument & The Markagunt Plateau, Utah Photography

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.

  • The Milky Way stretches from horizon to horizon with some clouds hovering near the horizon.
  • Aspens with golden leaves in fresh snow
  • Golden aspens in snow
  • Red and orange aspen leaves in the snow
  • A single orange and brown aspen leaf lying in the snow
  • Colorful aspens and snow covered conifers overlooking the Kolob Terrace
  • Two yellow aspens trees surrounded by snow covered trees.
  • Golden aspens on the Rattlesnake Creek Trail, Utah
  • Aspens in fog, Markaguny Plateau, Utah
  • Colorful Aspens in the Fog, Markagunt Plateau, UT
  • Golden aspens on the Markagunt Plateay
  • Red aspen leaves near Duck Creek, Utah
  • Ridge of golden aspens near Brian Head, UT
  • Colorful aspens in lava flow, Markagunt Plateau, UT
  • Colorful aspens dot lava flows on the Markagunt Plateau, UT