"Cedar Breaks Amphitheater in Summer" by NPS Photo , public domain
Guide Winter 2018/2019
Winter Visitor Guide to Cedar Breaks National Monument (NM) in Utah. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).
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Cedar Breaks National Monument National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior Winter Visitor Guide Are you ready to discover a whole new park? Each winter Cedar Breaks transforms into a wonderland many miss out on due to the myth that the park “closes” during the colder months of the year. Trees and meadows become cloaked in a protective layer of snow revealing tracks of fox, coyote, weasels, predatory birds, and other yearlong residents. What might you discover on a snowy path? Trail Distances & Key Routes (one way) Miles A to High Mountain 3 A to B - North Route 3.5 A to B - South Route 1 B to C 10.5 C to D 4.5 C to Hwy 14 2 D to Hwy 14 0.25 Rattlesnake / North Rim Loop Trail 1.5 Trail Key: Snowmobile Complex Snowmobile travel restricted to this path High Mountain Trail Brian Head Trail Cedar Breaks Trail Duck Creek Trail Sage Valley Trail Ski & Snowshoe Rattlesnake / North Rim Loop Trail IN CASE OF EMERGENCY Call 911 Rules for Winter Recreation in Cedar Breaks • • Snowmobiles are ONLY permitted on marked routes. Leave no trace by using restrooms before visiting and packing out all sanitary waste and trash. • Pets must be kept under control at all times. • Avoid scaring wildlife. • Maintain separate snowshoe and ski trails whenever possible. • Snowmobilers must ride single file and keep to the right. • When stopping, pull as far right and off the trail as possible. • Snowmobilers must yield the right-of-way to skiers, snowshoers and those passing or traveling uphill. • Winter camping is allowed above the rim of the breaks, except within 100 yards of any park road or facility. (It is advised to call park headquarters before staying overnight in the park. Cedar Breaks National Monument National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior Tips for Safe Winter Recreation • There are no restrooms in the monument in the winter. Please use restrooms in Brian Head or Duck Creek before visiting. • GPS, flashlight, waterproof matches, a pocketknife, and whistle may come in handy in the case of emergency. • Cedar Breaks sits at over 10,000 feet (3,000 meters) in elevation! Snowshoeing & skiing at this altitude can be much more physically challenging and cold. Take your time, drink plenty of water, remember to snack and take lots of breaks. • Cellphone service is unreliable in Cedar Breaks and the surrounding area. • Wear sunglasses and apply sunscreen to protect against strong UV rays. • The park does not do avalanche control. Never assume trails are free of avalanche hazards, especially when recreating along the amphitheaters rim. • • • Cedar Breaks National Monument E-mail: email@example.com Website: www.nps.gov/cebr Falling trees are an ever-present hazard. Be extra careful when it is windy or after fresh snowfall. Hypothermia can be fatal. Be sure to wear non-cotton wicking layers closest to your skin, an insulating layer (including hat, and gloves), and a shell or wind proof layer on top. Emergencies Dial 911 Cell phone reception is not reliable in the monument or surrounding area. Mailing Address & Administrative Office Cedar Breaks National Monument 2390 West Highway 56, Suite #11 Cedar City, Utah 84720 (435) 586 - 9451 Sturdy waterproof footwear and wool socks are essential to preventing frostbite and providing comfort. Carry at least two liters of water per-person and plenty of high-energy food. Ski & Snowshoe Parking: • Social Media Facebook & Instagram @CedarBreaksNationalMonument Trailers are not allowed to park at the junction of 143 & 148 due to limited space. The best way to access park overlooks is from the north entrance through Brian Head Town. During and after heavy snowstorms 143 could be temporarily inaccessible. • ch • Park diagonal like this uit Please carpool and park on an angle to the road. ang • oP 3t Drive on Highway 143 through Brian Head to the junction of 143 & 148. 14 • ad n Snow tires and/or chains are needed to drive on this road. 3 14 to ia Br He Don’t’ park like this 148 To Cedar Bre aks NM (Snowed over du ring winter.) • Contact Information Past Open and Close Dates for State Route 148 Closing & opening of State Route 148 usually occurs mid-November & late May but predicting exact dates is not possible due to unpredictable snow storms. See the chart below for recent years road opening and closure dates. Season 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 SR-148 Open Date June 17 May 25 May 23 May 8 May 21 May 27 May 26 May 15 SR-148 Closure Date Oct 21 Dec 14 Nov 25 Dec 11 Nov 18 Nov 27 Jan 10 (2018) Nov 30