Cedar Breaks National Monument begins fall operations. Here’s what you should know

Stock image of a visitor at Cedar Breaks National Monument, Iron County, Utah | Photo courtesy of Visit Cedar City - Brian Head Tourism Bureau, St. George News / Cedar City News

ST. GEORGE — Visitors to Cedar Breaks National Monument should expect to see some change this weekend. And it’s not just the leaves.

The golden hue of Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah, on July 20, 2020. | Photo by Chris Reed, St. George News

Cedar Breaks National Monument is preparing for winter’s imminent arrival atop the Markagunt Plateau, according to a news release issued Wednesday by the National Park Service.

Despite construction around and throughout the park and excessive rain through monsoon season, the park welcomed nearly 400,000 visitors between May and August. Some visitor services will remain open as the park prepares for winter while others will be closed in anticipation of the annual road closure.

The Zion Forever Park Store will remain open daily through Oct. 10. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. inside the temporary Information Center on the southside of the park opposite the Point Supreme Overlook. The store plans to feature several fall-themed items over the next several weeks. For more information, please visit this website.

The roads to and through the park, Cedar Breaks Scenic Byway (Highway 148) and Rim Road (the road through the park), will remain open until the first significant snowfall. This normally occurs sometime between mid-October and early December. The vault toilets in the picnic area and all overlooks will remain open while the roads are open.

The Point Supreme Campground has closed for the season and all formal ranger programs have ended. Visitor Services staff will occasionally rove park overlooks and trails through the Fall season to provide information and answer questions for park visitors.

Construction of the park’s new visitor contact station is ongoing, and the Point Supreme Overlook area remains closed to all public access. A portion of the parking lot is closed as well, though a limited number of spots remain at the South Rim Trailhead.

Entrance fees are required upon entry into Cedar Breaks National Monument year-round. Visitors may purchase their entrance pass prior to arriving at the park by visiting this website.

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