The Paiute people named the area “The Place Where the Rocks are Sliding Down All the Time.” This is a much more descriptive and accurate name than Cedar Breaks. The trees in the area are junipers, not cedars. Located north of Zion and west of Bryce Canyon many people are unaware of this national treasure. We came through in mid October, 2015.
Millions of years ago the area was the bottom of a huge lake, now called Lake Claron. The lake dried, then filled again many times resulting in sediment deposits collecting at the bottom. Algae that lived in the lake became a glue-like substance which cemented the sediment together. In time the sediment hardened into rock, which has eroded over time creating the unique valleys and rock sculptures, known as hoodoos.
The drive through the park is only six miles long, but they are a dramatic six miles.
The Visitor’s Center is a small building which was closed when we visited. Its located at Point Supreme Overlook, which sits atop a huge natural amphitheater, which is 2,000 feet deep and three miles wide.
Damage by the Spruce Bark Beetle
Upon entering the park we noticed many of the trees were dead. A sign near the Visitor’s Center explains this.
Approximately every 300 years the conditions are right for a huge outbreak of this tiny (size of a grain of rice) insect. The current outbreak began in 1992 and is winding down now.
Sunset View Overlook
Chessman Ridge Overlook
Apart from the “Breaks” the rest of the park is also beautiful
We left Cedar Breaks and went into Panguitch for a hamburger. Then we rode into Bryce Canyon that afternoon, which will be my next journal page. Cedar Breaks may be small but it is certainly spectacular!