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Basic Facts About Cedar Breaks National Monument

A massive natural amphitheater spanning 3 miles across, Cedar Breaks National Monument is located in Utah. The gorgeous landscape of this rugged national monument draws hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the country every year.

History

In the 1800s, Mormon settlers who came across this rugged landscape of steep canyons, cliffs, and walls referred to the wild area as “breaks” due to its difficulty to pass through. These settlers mistakenly referred to the abundance of juniper trees that grow in the area as cedars, resulting in the monument’s current name, Cedar Breaks. The amphitheater is situated on the same plateau as Zion National Park and eroded into its current form over millions of years. In 1933, Cedar Breaks was established as a national monument by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. 

Landscape

Cedar Breaks National Monument is composed of an enormous natural amphitheater of limestone and volcanic rock which yield vibrant colors and unique rock formations. The breathtaking landscape also includes juniper trees and alpine meadows dotted with wildflowers that surround the steep amphitheater.