Less famous than other parks, Cedar Breaks National Monument is not without its charms. Higher than Brice Canyon, Cedar Breaks is open to visitors from late May to October, and although it isn't too well-known, its landscapes are as spectacular as those of the more famous parks: deep gorges in a circle over seven hundred feet deep, rocky eroded cliffs, and a natural festival of white, ocher, yellow and scarlet. Iron and manganese oxides have created this stunning palette and here flora and fauna live in the wild. The red flowers I photographed are called "Indian paintbrush".
The Kolob canyon is part of Zion National Park, accessed from the road immediately after Intersate 15 Cedar City exit n. 40. The road consists of red asphalt (to make it environmentally friendly), and you will find the visitor center after numerous hairpin bends that take you to the highest point of the mountain. From here, there are numerous paths that you can walk. Highly recommended for the low tourist season.
Overshadowed by it's sister park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Cedar Breaks tends to get overlooked as a smaller, less exciting park. We spent 3 days here and enjoyed every minute of it! The views from the tops of the cliffs are beautiful - some of the same red rock hoodoo formations. Steeper and deeper than Bryce Canyon, there are no trails from the rim to the valley floor, but there are a few other hikes through some beautiful areas. Old, gnarled, Bristlecone Pine trees, beautiful wild flowers, and mountain meadows abound in abundance. They have a variety of ranger led programs both for kids and adults so check the visitor center for information and times!