Utah National Park Volunteers 2016 travel blog

Cedar Breaks Carol and Gracie

Cedar Breaks Shirley

Cedar Breaks

Cedar Breaks

Cedar Breaks

Cedar Breaks

Cedar Breaks


Now on to today's adventure. We took a ride up to Cedar Breaks National Monument. This was a wonderful relatively short trip just 32 miles from Panguitch. The road is Highway 143, the same road we took up to Panguitch Lake and Bear Paw Inn. We enjoyed it just as much as the first time, winding up, a creek running by the road,a small community near the lake, the lake full of pontoon boats and fishermen. As we continued up, the temperature continued to drop getting down to a low of 62. At one point, we began to see a lot of animal poop in the road...of course, speculating what?? Why?? Shortly after we saw some cowboys on horses, as cowboys should be, herding sheep. There you go, poop explained.

At the higher altitude, aspen trees abounded and the breeze made the leaves quiver. Most tree leaves blow and move but these unequivocally quiver. Carol says that in winter there will be overwhelming beauty as the leaves change color.

As we reached Cedar Breaks, the meadows were filled with wildflowers--yellow, purple and red/orange flowers as far as you could see. This area has a beautiful mix of trees (Christmas trees), meadows, flowers, and canyons. We took a picnic lunch and sat in the sun at a picnic area for lunch. There were several pullover areas for overviews but not too many hikes. We tried to go to the visitor center and the rim of the canyon but there was no parking and cards waiting for an available space. Realizing that Saturday probably had more people than weekdays, we headed back down the mountain and plan to go to Cedar Breaks again later in the summer on a week day.

Another beautiful, leisurely ride down to Panguitch! We plan to cook out chicken on the grill for dinner--yummy.



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