Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Utah Rt. 14

To get to Cedar Breaks (previous post) I took Utah Rt. 14 out of Cedar City to the east. The road winds through Cedar Canyon before topping out on the Markagunt Plateau. Half-way from Cedar City to Utah Rt. 89, there's a turn off that leads to Cedar Breaks. As you proceed east past the turn off, you drive across a sub-alpine meadow. You then skirt Navajo Lake, which was formed by a creek that was dammed by a blocky lava flow referred to as the Black Rock Desert.

The air on the plateau was brisk and refreshing and the aspen were changing colors. It was a nice break from life in the northern Sonoran Desert.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Cedar Breaks National Monument

I'm in Springdale, UT for the 6th annual Zion Canyon Music Festival. This morning, I decided to take a  day trip to Cedar Breaks. Cedar Breaks is a natural rock amphitheater over 2000' deep and over 3 miles wide.

I can't describe the photos, so I won't bother with captions. Just know that it's an inhospitable place with rock spires, clefts, rifts, and other geological nonsense and chicanery.

The sky was filled with fast-moving, broken clouds, so the light/shadow was constantly changing.

View from the Ramparts Trail:

View from Point Supreme Overlook:

View from Sunset View Overlook: