Cedar Breaks National Monument

Cedar Breaks National Monument

Things To Do

Evening Programs

Evening Programs are offered every night from mid-June to mid-October at 9:00 p.m. at the Campground Amphitheater. It can be cool at night so remember a jacket. In case of bad weather, the programs will be moved to the Visitor Center. See a Ranger at the Visitor Center for the program being held each night. Topics cover a wide variety of subjects. Past topics include Cedar Breaks History, Bats, Fire, Night Life, Night Sky, Owls and Spruce Bark Beetle.

Daily Talks

Daily Programs are available from mid-June to mid-October. The programs are offered every hour from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The programs include Geology Talks and Porch Talks. The Geology Talks focus on how Cedar Breaks was formed or key features of the amphitheater. The Porch Talks focus on a variety of topics about the park including topics such as the History, Yellow-Bellied Marmot, Volcanology of the Area, and so on.

The Geology Talks are offered on the even hours (10, 12, 2, and 4) and Porch Talks on the odd hours (11, 1, 3, and 5). These programs are held at the Point Supreme Overlook and the Visitor Center, respectively.

Star Parties 2007

Monthly Star Parties at Cedar Breaks

As darkness falls on Cedar Breaks National Monument, a different kind of light illuminates the night sky. That light, which comes from objects out in space transforms the night from a place of darkness into a place of wonder.

Cedar Breaks National Monument has some of the darkest night skies in the country. As Southwestern Utah grows and develops, "light pollution" in the form of stray artificial light is a growing problem which masks the beauty and intensity of a dark starlit sky. In the high elevation night skies of Cedar Breaks, the stars shine nearly as bright as they did in the time before the invention of the light bulb.

To celebrate and share the beauty of our dark night skies, Cedar Breaks is throwing a series of monthly "Star Parties". Star parties will be held beginning this Saturday, June 23, with similar events on July 28, August 11, and September 8. Each star party will be conducted by park staff and astronomy volunteers beginning at 8:30pm with a special evening program in our campground amphitheater, followed by star viewing through several large telescopes at Point Supreme. Visitors who own their own telescopes are invited to bring them along.

Visitors are urged to dress warmly for the cool night air at this high elevation, and come prepared to enjoy a late night of star gazing at Cedar Breaks! Cedar Breaks National Monument is located 23 miles east of Cedar City, via Highways 14 and 148. More information is available by contacting Josh Boles at 435-586-9451 ext. 52 or the Monument's administrative office at 435-586-9451.

Updated events and activities, program offerings, and other park information are also available for downloading at the Cedar Breaks National Monument website: www.nps.gov/cebr .



Wildflower Festival

Wildflower Festival Program

In early July, high-country wildflowers burst into full bloom. In celebration of this display, Cedar Breaks National Monument will host its second annual Wildflower Festival from June 30th to July 22nd."During this spectacular display, visitors to the Monument will be able to see paintbrush and primrose, lupine and larkspur, and a spectrum of other flowers in meadows, woods, and marshes" said park superintendent Paul Roelandt "We have put together a series of special events and will have park rangers, volunteers, and other resources available for visitors to learn about and photograph the incredibly beautiful variety of wildflowers to be discovered at Cedar Breaks"

Wildflower specialists and volunteers will be available every day during the festival to provide information beginning at 10am. Festival highlights include guided walks, interpretive fieldtrips, photography workshops, Junior Ranger scavenger hunts, and Zion Canyon Field Institute Classes. Guided hikes, which will meet at the Visitor Center, will be offered twice a day during all 23 days of the festival. The hikes will take place at 10am and 1pm. Kids activities include a Junior Ranger 'Wildflower Scavenger Hunt' which will be held at 3pm every Friday during the Festival. On the 12th and the 19th of July the park will offer special photography workshops. These workshops entitled: "Wildflower Photography for Beginners" are open to amateur photographers of all ages and ability levels. Throughout the Festival, the visitor center will be hosting an ongoing electronic display of wildflower images as well as discounts on wildflower related books and items.

Those interested in identifying plant species and learning more about plant communities can join park volunteer and retired professor Doug Reynolds for a special fieldtrip through the park entitled: "Plant Communities of Cedar Breaks". These fieldtrips, which will meet at the Visitor Center, will be held at 11am on July 1st, 15th, and 21st. Lastly, the park will host several Zion Canyon Field Institute (ZCFI) classes to round out the schedule. The classes include: "Life Zones II, Zion to Cedar Breaks" on Saturday the 7th, "Wildflowers Photography: Cedar Breaks" on the 11th, and "Wildflower Journaling at Cedar Breaks" on the 14th. Please contact ZCFI at 435-772-3264 for more information and to pre- register.

Cedar Breaks National Monument is located 23 miles east of Cedar City, along Highway 148 between Highway 14 and Brian Head. The park entrance fee is $4.00 per person ages 16 and older. Those traveling to the Festival should come prepared for cool weather at 10,000 feet: Daytime temperatures could be in the 60s and summer thunderstorms frequently rise over the mountain

Updated Festival events and activities, "what's in bloom" self guided maps, reference lists and more are available for downloading at the Cedar Breaks National Monument website: www.nps.gov/cebr . Schedules and events are also available at the Visitor Center and at the Monument's administrative office in Cedar City which is located at 2390 W. HWY 56 Suite #11. Call 435-586-0787 or 435-586-9451 for more information.

GPS Ranger Units

Available now in the VisitorCenter are our NEW! GPS RANGER UNITS. These units work throughout the park and provide a great and easy way to learn about the park. It is like having your own personal ranger with you. As you drive through the park, stop at the various viewpoints, or take the hiking trails, the GPS Ranger automatically picks up videos that discuss the features in that area. All you have to do is listen and learn. They are a great way to spend the afternoon or day. Stop by the VisitorCenter today to learn more about them and rent yours!