Snowshoeing, Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah, date unspecified | Photo courtesy of Cedar Breaks National Monument, St. George News
CEDAR BREAKS — Winter storms have once again transformed Cedar Breaks National Monument into a snowy wonderland. Winter recreationists are enjoying the snow, and a number of activities have been scheduled through the season. Although the national monument’s facilities are closed for the winter, snowmobilers, cross-country skiers, and snowshoers can enjoy the park in a very different setting than what most visitors to Cedar Breaks experience.
In cooperation with Brian Head Resort, Cedar Breaks will be hosting three stargazing events in Brian Head.
These “Cosmos on the Mountain” events are scheduled for Jan. 17, Feb. 14 and March 14. Each evening’s activities will begin at 7 p.m. at the Navajo Lodge with a short presentation, followed by a ranger-led constellation tour and telescope viewing of deep-space objects.
The events are free; participants are encouraged to dress warmly. Hot chocolate will be available at no charge.
Ranger-led snowshoe walks at Cedar Breaks are being offered on Saturdays in January and February.
“The walks have proven to be especially popular with first-time snowshoers,” said Daphne Sewing, Chief of Education and Partnerships. “It’s a great way to experience snowshoeing and winter at 10,000 feet elevation.”
The two-mile round trip walk takes snowshoers through meadows and forests with a break at the Winter Ranger Station. Snowshoes are provided at no charge; however, registration is required. To register or for more information, telephone 435-586-9451, x4425.
The snowmobile route has been groomed and marked through the park. Snowmobiles must remain on the marked route within Cedar Breaks in order to protect monument resources such as plants and wildlife.
Snowmobilers are reminded to stay alert for other recreationists to ensure a high quality, safe visitor experience for everyone.
The Winter Contact Station or Winter Yurt, located in the north part of the park, will be staffed by volunteers on most weekends (weather permitting). Winter recreationists are encouraged to stop by, enjoy some hot chocolate, and learn about the park from the volunteer hosts.
For more information call Cedar Breaks headquarters office at 435-586-9451.