Cedar Breaks

Cedar Breaks

Cedar Breaks National Monument, located 43 miles from the Kolob Canyons Visitor Center in Zion National Park, served as an appetizer for our upcoming visit to Bryce National Park.  As we approached the entrance to this National Monument, a field of summer wildflowers, cinquefoil, filled a hillside with a backdrop of evergreens and sapphire sky.  Unfortunately, many of the trees have been killed by a beetle.  A short walk from the Visitor Center to Point Supreme, elevation 10,350 feet, provided a commanding view of this park’s amphitheater, extraordinary forms wrapped in bold and brilliant colors, three miles in diameter and 2,000 feet deep.  The five-mile road through the high country of subalpine meadows and spruce-fir forest is a gentle and glorious expression of wild America.

Red Canyon Tunnel

Red Canyon Tunnel

Red Canyon in the Dixie National Forest surprised us with its unusual sandstone formations in bright orange red colors as we drove on Highway 12 toward Bryce National Park.  Scenic viewpoints pullouts were spaced every quarter of a mile.  The road also passed through two unique stone arches.  Southern Utah is one of the West’s best kept secrets.

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