08 Feb 2016
5 Reasons to Snowmobile Cedar Breaks National Monument
With spectacular colors formed by an abundance of mineral deposits, Cedar Breaks National Monument is breathtaking to behold! Located just minutes from the winter playground of Southern Utah’s Brian Head Ski Resort, the geological grandeur of Cedar Breaks becomes a unique wonderland of red rocks and sparkling white snow each winter; making this hidden gem a must-do on the winter adventure list.
Accessing Cedar Breaks National Monument in the winter is possible on snowshoes and cross-country skis, but we highly recommend an afternoon in the park and surrounding area by way of snowmobile.
1 | Groomed Trails Ready for Anyone to Enjoy
Running through Cedar Breaks National Monument, Scenic Byway 148 closes with the first heavy snowfall, usually mid-November, and becomes a groomed trail for winter adventure. It’s accessible by snowshoes, cross-country skis and snowmobiles. The trail system in and around the park is an easy to follow route that lead to incredible views. Check out a map of the park here.
2 | See Red Rocks Highlighted by White Snow
Sitting above 10,000 feet, Cedar Breaks National Monument rests on top of the Colorado plateau. This giant amphitheater was millions of years in the making: sedimentation, uplift and erosion have carved out a space that spans three miles and is more than 2,000 feet deep. With spectacular colors created by an abundance of mineral deposits, the giant amphitheater becomes a unique wonderland of red rocks and sparkling white snow each winter.
3 | A 360° View of Cedar Breaks National Monument
Want to have the best perspective of the vastness of Cedar Breaks National Monument? Check it out from all angles! On the typical half day snowmobile tour of the area it is possible to see Cedar Breaks National Monument from both sides of the canyon, offering an (almost) 360° view of the half mile deep amphitheater.
4 | Guided Tour or At Your Leisure
As one of the few national parks that allows unguided snowmobiling, visitors are able to go at their own pace. Snowmobile travel is allowed by special regulations that are designed to protect the park’s resources and visitors. Travel only on marked, groomed trails and be prepared to walk or snowshoe at viewpoints. Find other regulations here.
5 | Access the Cedar Mountain Snowmobile Complex
After enjoying the splendor of Cedar Breaks National Monument, adventure on to the Cedar Mountain Snowmobile Complex. Offering over 160 miles of pristine snowmobile trails and wide open play areas; this area reaches from Brian Head to Duck Creek, with access points at Brian Head, Cedar Breaks, Navajo Lake and Duck Creek trailheads. The ample snow and winter access to some of America’s most unique scenery makes this one of Utah’s most appealing snowmobiling areas. The Utah Division of Parks and Recreation maintain most of the trails in the Cedar Mountain Complex and provide an info line for up-to-date conditions; call (800) 648-7433.
Cedar Breaks National Monument & Winter Recreation
Cedar Breaks National Monument welcomes visitors to the winter park, but asks that “all visitors use the park in a safe and responsible manner in order to protect the park’s natural and historic resources. With beautiful scenery and great snow, Cedar Breaks National Monument is the perfect place to enjoy winter recreational activities.
Snowmobile Tour Information
Looking to enjoy a snowmobile ride through the backcountry of Brian Head, Dixie National Forest and Cedar Breaks National Monument with an experienced guide? Check out Thunder Mountain Motorsports.