About 170 miles (272 km) roundtrip
Elevation9,000 – 10,500 foot (2,700 – 3,200 m) elevation
DifficultySome walking and hiking
2-3 hours of sitting in an SUV
An hour of mountain roads
Can be cooler than Greater Zion area
AttractionsHigh mountain plateaus
Cedar Breaks National Monument
Bristlecone pine trees
Former volcanic activity and lava flows
Cascade Falls – beginning of Virgin River
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Tour Price: $229.00
① The tour starts with a quick climb up Cedar Canyon as it steps through what many people call the “Grand Staircase” in just 16 miles (the real Grand Staircase is around 80 miles in length). You’ll pass through Earth’s time starting from around 275 million to 50 million years ago. Your tour guide will explain the significance found here and point out the divisions of time.
At the top of the climb, you’ll see the oldest living species of trees on Earth, the bristlecone pine, along with a view down into Zion Canyon.
Optional hike about 1.2 miles round trip on an easy trail to Cascade Falls that comes out of the side of a cliff and marks the beginning of the Virgin River – the river that formed Zion Canyon and the Virgin Gorge. Along the trail, you’ll pass by the orange and pink colored Claron Formation, which is same rock unit that makes up Bryce Canyon and Cedar Breaks.
② Next, we’ll pass by a few lakes and lava flows that are surrounded by aspen tree groves near Duck Creek, including a lunch stop in Duck Creek Village.
Our afternoon is filled with enjoying the striking views of Cedar Breaks National Monument. Depending on our guest’s wishes, we’ll either stop at a few vista points or go on a 2-4 mile roundtrip hike along the rim.
③ Lastly, we’ll drive to the top of 11,200 foot-high Brian Head Peak for a commanding view of the entire area we just visited, before heading back down to the St. George area.
Cedar Mountain Tour Map:
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