Cedar Breaks National Monument

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HoodoosHoodoos (10/01/2006) Hoodoos of Cedar Break viewed from Point Supreme.

HoodoosHoodoos (10/01/2006) Towers called hoodoos in the bottom of the Cedar Breaks Ampitheatre.

Visitor CenterVisitor Center (10/01/2006) The Visitor Center at Cedar Breaks was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1938.

Cedar Breaks AmpitheaterCedar Breaks Ampitheater (10/01/2006) A view from the Visitor's Center at Cedar Breaks.

White RimWhite Rim (10/01/2006) The canyon has a harder white rim.

Jericho CanyonJericho Canyon (10/01/2006) A view into the canyons from the Point Supreme at Cedar Breaks National Monument.

Jericho RidgeJericho Ridge (10/01/2006) Jericho Ridge from Point Supreme.

HoodoosHoodoos (10/01/2006) A collection of hoodoos in the heart of Cedar Breaks.

Hoodoos in the AmpitheaterHoodoos in the Ampitheater (10/01/2006) The Cedar Breaks ampitheater exposes a 2000 foot layer of young sandstone on the edge of the Markagunt Plateau near Cedar City.

Point SupremePoint Supreme (10/01/2006) The Point Supreme viewpoint at Cedar Breaks National Monument.

Jericho CanyonJericho Canyon (10/01/2006) A view into Jericho Canyon from Point Supreme at Cedar Breaks National Monument.

Ramparts TrailRamparts Trail (10/01/2006) A view through the trees on the Ramparts Trail at Cedar Breaks National Monument.

Cedar Breaks AmpitheaterCedar Breaks Ampitheater (10/01/2006) A view of the Cedar Breaks Ampitheater from the Ramparts Trail.

Jericho CanyonJericho Canyon (10/01/2006) A view of Cedar Breaks Canyon from the Ramparts Trail.

Layers of the BreakLayers of the Break (10/01/2006) Hoodoos form as the layers of loose sandstone erode in the high desert of Southern Utah.

A Pair of PinesA Pair of Pines (10/01/2006) A pair of trees cling to the side of Jericho Canyon in Cedar Breaks National Monument.

Spectra PointSpectra Point (10/01/2006) The trail to Spectra Point in Cedar Breaks National Monument.

Jericho CanyonJericho Canyon (10/01/2006) A view into Jericho Canyon with Brian Head Peak in the distance.

Brian Head PeakBrian Head Peak (10/01/2006) A view toward Brian Head Peak from Spectra Point.

Bristlecone PinesBristlecone Pines (10/01/2006) Gnarled bristlecone pines cling to the whiterim of Cedar Breaks at Spectra Point.

51 Pictures: 1-20 , 20-40 , 40-51

Cedar Breaks National Monument

Cedar Breaks National Monument is a three square mile natural ampitheater composed of multicolored sedimentary rock 2000 feet deep. The upper rim of the park is over 10,000 feet in altitude, the park is adjacent to Brian Head Ski area. The area around the park is a popular for cross country skiers in the chilly winters.

The breaks expose the Claron formation which has layers of sandstone, siltstone, dolomite, limestone with a variety of mineral deposits giving the rocks colors from white to a salmon pink. These layers of sandstone are relatively young. They were deposited in the Eocene era, 60-40 million years ago. The Claron formation is even younger than the Morrison layer where paleontologists find the dinosaur fossils. The Claron layers have eroded away from other prominent features of the Colorado Plateau such as Zion and Arches.

The Paiutes called the Cedar Breaks area un-cap-i-un-ump translated as Circle of Painted Cliffs. Early Mormon pioneers gave the area the name Cedar Breaks. The cliffs are a break in the Markagunt Plateau to the East. The pioneers had misidentified the junipers in the base of the canyon as cedars.

Cedar Breaks was declared a national monument on August 22, 1933 during the second year of the National Park system. The visitor center was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1938.

Context: Desert

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Cedar City, Utah (93 pictures) Cedar City, Utah sits at the mouth of the Cedar Canyon to the West of Cedar Breaks.

Cedar Canyon (23 pictures) State Road 14 runs from Cedar City to the top of the Plateau.

Zion National Park (66 pictures) Many people combine a visit to Cedar Breaks with their trip to Zion National Park.

Brian Head (23 pictures) Brian Head Mountain and ski resort is due North of Cedar Breaks.

Parowan, Utah (30 pictures) Parowan, Utah is Northwest of Cedar Breaks.

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