Cedar Breaks National Monument

Cedar Breaks National Monument

Posted by Keith Peters on Dec 15th 2019

Cedar Breaks National Monument is another must see location for every landscape photographer.  Even though it is smaller than Bryce Canyon National Park, I feel the colors are more defined with a stunning array of yellow, red and purple colors.   

Ceder Breaks is a natural amphitheater that sits on the top of the Colorado Plateau. The rim of the amphitheater is at an altitude of 10,000 feet and has a depth of over 2000 feet.  

We visited in late October, toward the end of the season. Due to the elevation of the monument Utah Highway 148 closes after the first heavy snow (around Mid- October) and does not reopen until May, so we were thankful we were able to visit this beautiful place. 


As the amphitheater faces west this allows the eroding limestone, shale and sandstone to pick up the light from the setting sun.  In this photograph the red sandstone is reflecting the light giving this photograph an amazing glow. 

Cedar Breaks Sunset - Utah (1407)

The Amphitheater

Cedar Breaks Sunset Panoramic - Utah

Cedar Breaks Sunset Panoramic

With the amphitheater facing west, photographing this location at sunset is a must. After the sun sets, the deep shadows from the direct sunlight give way and the sandstone begins to the glow with deep oranges, reds and purples.

As the amphitheater is over 3 miles across they only way to truly capture this awe-inspiring location is to take a panoramic photograph.  

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