James Miller
The view into Cedar Breaks on February 22, 2013. State Route 148, the scenic road through Cedar Breaks National Monument, has closed to vehicle traffic for the winter.

CEDAR BREAKS NATIONAL MONUMENT — State Route 148, the scenic road through Cedar Breaks National Monument, has closed to vehicle traffic for the winter.

Although the road is closed, visitors can still easily access the park via S.R. 143 and the town of Brian Head. That road, which connects Parowan to Panguitch, will remain open throughout the winter but could be closed temporarily due to heavy snowstorms.

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As the snow continues to build, Cedar Breaks rangers will offer guided snowshoe hikes every other Saturday beginning Jan. 20. This hikes will gives visitors a chance to practice snowshoeing and learn how park wildlife adapts to high elevation winters. Information on how to reserve your spot on a guided hike is available on Cedar Break’s event calendar.

In addition, S.R. 148 will be transformed into a marked and groomed snowmobile route. Snowmobilers should be aware that while within park boundaries, snowmobiles are only permitted on the groomed path along S.R. 148 and along the eastern shoulders of S.R. 143.