Cedar Breaks National Monument

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Bristlecone PineBristlecone Pine (10/01/2006) Exposed roots of bristlecone pines at Spectra Point in Cedar Breaks National Monument. This collection of trees is a mere thousand years old.

Into the ValleyInto the Valley (10/01/2006) The westward view from Spectra Point.

Cedar Breaks AmpitheatreCedar Breaks Ampitheatre (10/01/2006) The Cedar Breaks Ampitheatre viewed from Spectra Point.

Brian Head from the BreaksBrian Head from the Breaks (10/01/2006) This view from Spectra Point includes Jericho Canyon and the distant peak called Brian Head.

Hoodoos EverywhereHoodoos Everywhere (10/01/2006) There are hoodoos in the canyon!

Don t SlipDon t Slip (10/01/2006) The goal of this shot is to show the vertical relief of this canyon. The top elevation in the park is over 10,000 feet. The canyon drops a full two thousand feet. My advice, tie your shoes tightly before hiking and don't slip.

Hoodoos ThereHoodoos There (10/01/2006) This rapidly eroding spires are called hoodoos.

White Limestone RimWhite Limestone Rim (10/01/2006) The upper rim of the breaks.

Markagunt PlateauMarkagunt Plateau (10/01/2006) The Plateau to the East of Cedar Breaks features unassuming rolling hills. This pastoral scene is adjacent to a drop into the abyss.

Cedar BreaksCedar Breaks (10/01/2006) A view of Cedar Breaks with Brian Head in the distance.

Lost LambLost Lamb (10/01/2006) At the time of my visit, park rangers had their hands filled with this little lost lamb who had wondered over to the cliffs of Cedar Breaks.

Down the CanyonDown the Canyon (10/01/2006)

Dry CanyonsDry Canyons (10/01/2006) A view into the dry canyons of Cedar Breaks.

Pine ForestPine Forest (10/01/2006) A pine forest clings the white rim of Cedar Breaks.

Cedar Breaks ViewpointCedar Breaks Viewpoint (10/01/2006) Visitors gazing into the canyon.

Water TowersWater Towers (10/01/2006) Two round alien-looking water towers stand on top of the Cedar Breaks ridge.

Cedar Breaks LandscapeCedar Breaks Landscape (10/01/2006) I undstand that the canyon erodes Eastward about four feet a century (don't quote me on that). This picture shows the pink cliffs on the western section of the park.

Cedar Breaks AmpitheaterCedar Breaks Ampitheater (10/01/2006)

Chessmen RidgeChessmen Ridge (10/01/2006) A view from the Chessmen Ridge Overlook at Cedar Breaks National Monument.

Bristlecone PineBristlecone Pine (10/01/2006) A bristlecone pine in the Cedar Breaks National Monument.

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

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

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