Cedar Breaks National Monument, UT: 9/25 – 9/27/20

We were both quite happy to be leaving Nevada and heading towards cooler temperatures. This picture was getting old.

We drove northwest on Interstate Hwy 15 into Arizona. They do have beautiful welcome signs.

It wasn’t long before we crossed over into Utah.

Most states have Watercraft Decontamination Stations shortly after you cross a border. They are mostly concerned with motorboats, but if you have water toys it is smart to stop and get a clearance. We have stopped many times in the past two years, but this was the first time that our toys were given a power wash. This is a free service that is provided as a means to protect the spread of certain species of mussels. They ask you what body of water your craft was in and then, if necessary, clean it for you.

A few hours later, we arrived in Cedar City and then, headed east on Hwy 14 to Hwy 148 to Cedar Breaks National Monument. There is only one 28-site campground in the park and, of course, it was full. It is only open from mid-June to mid-September. We headed back south on Hwy 148 and got back on Hwy 14 east to Navajo Lake. We were very disappointed to find that all the campgrounds on the lake had closed and gated shut for the season. There was an access road to a boat launch, but we needed to find a place to stay for a few nights. We were able to find a beautiful spot (albeit dusty) off Hwy 14.

We took a stroll up the dirt road and looked back at our site.

Autumnal foliage in full force. Lots of yellows and forever greens out west. Missing the bright reds and oranges.

The next day we visited Cedar Breaks National Monument. This park is known for its colorful rock formations, bristlecone pine groves, and seasonal lush wildflower meadows. It was “National Parks Day”, which means free entry. We have the annual park pass so all national parks are free for us.

We hiked approximately four miles round trip from the Visitor Center to Spectra Point to Ramparts Overlook and then back to the Visitor’s Center. It’s all about going down and up and down and up. I wasn’t feeling so great and suddenly began cramping about halfway back. Unfortunately, I will remember this hike and its unpleasantries. The good news is that we took some great pictures.

Checking out the view
Standing by a bristlecone tree
Close up of a bristlecone
Can you spot the window?

The next morning, we took a walk across Hwy 14 from our campground to play on the lava fields.

Next stop, Escalante!

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