Cedar Breaks National Monument is only slightly out of the way. If you look on a map, it is only about an hour away from Bryce Canyon. Bryce gets 1.8 Million Visitors a year. Cedar Breaks gets a fraction of that - 400,000-500,000.
Cedar Breaks is at extreme elevation - 10,500 to over 11,000 feet, meaning that even in the height of summer, it is only about 80 degrees at the absolute maximum.
This picture is from one of the overlooks on the North End in the middle of July, it was windy and mild. The access road (UT-143 out of Panguitch) is also a national scenic byway, which adds a bonus to the experience.
Cedar Breaks features the mixed colors and many of the features of Bryce Canyon without the crowds. The bonus about Cedar Breaks are the Bristlecone Pines and the Wildflowers.
The above shot is from the "Rampart Trail" one of the best trails in any National Monument anywhere. The below is with a roughly 1,600 year old Bristlecone Pine.
Cedar Breaks is a hidden gem. Many people skip it on their trips to the more famous places like Bryce, Zion and the Grand Canyon. This view from the midpoint of the Rampart Trail is unparalleled anywhere.
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