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A stunning out-and-back hike along the rim with amazing views of Cedar Breaks National Monument.


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5.1

Miles

8.2

KM

Out and Back

10,472' 3,192 m

High

9,491' 2,893 m

Low

1,278' 390 m

Up

1,279' 390 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (5°)

30%

Max Grade (17°)

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Features Birding · Geological Significance · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Easy access from the Visitor Center, and the option to turn around at Spectra Point for a shorter outing with just as many amazing views.

Scenic Drive road access is typically closed October to May.

Overview

This trail features beautiful views of sunset colored rocks in Cedar Breaks National Monument. A mellow trail with amazing scenery and easy grades that makes for a great out-and-back hike.

Description

The Ramparts Trail starts from the west side of the Visitor Center parking lot. At the beginning of the trail, there is fun information on the flora of the region. Keep an eye open for Bristlecone Pines, one of the oldest living species of trees, along the way. The first part of the trail winds through some trees and depending on the time of year, you may see wildflowers.

After about a mile, the trail will start to follow the rim more closely and you'll pass a side-trail that brings you to a historic cabin, original to the property. Also, be sure to take the short spur trail that leads to Spectra Point, where you can enjoy the expansive views and learn some more fun facts on the ancient Bristlecone Pines.

From Spectra Point, you'll continue for another mile along the rim. The trail will gradually descend until its end point and while, for the most part, it is very mellow hike, there are some sections that are somewhat exposed or can feel like there is a drop-off, though they are quite safe if you stay on the trail. Spectra Point is a great turn-around spot for a shorter hike or you can continue on to the Wasatch Rampart.

Beyond the Rampart overlook, the trail continues another mile (mostly downhill) to the Bartizan. This is a pretty and unique arch. This spot does not have a view of the amphitheater, but a rougher trail continues a few hundred feet up the hill to end at a spot that has one last panoramic view.

Flora & Fauna

Bristlecone Pine, and a variety of wildflowers. Chipmunks and yellow-bellied marmots.

Contacts

Shared By:

Adrianne Herzog with improvements by Tom Riddle

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Photos

From Point Supreme.
Jul 19, 2019 near Parowan, UT
Cedar Breaks is stunning from near the visitor center.
Jun 4, 2017 near Parowan, UT
The Bartizan in Cedar Breaks.
Sep 15, 2023 near Cedar City, UT
View from the Rampart Trail at Cedar Breaks National Monument.
Dec 17, 2015 near Parowan, UT
Bristlecone Pine Tree at Spectra Point of the Rampart Trail
Dec 17, 2015 near Cedar City, UT
Cedar Breaks.
Feb 19, 2016 near Parowan, UT

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Sep 8, 2023
Tom Riddle
Gorgeous! 6mi — 3h 00m
Jul 23, 2022
SharaLee Ellsworth
Jul 15, 2022
Bob Wray
Beautiful day. Spectacular views. Had lunch at Ramparts overlook. 3.6mi — 2h 46m
Aug 31, 2021
stephen sklarow
5mi — 3h 00m
Aug 30, 2021
Andrii Khmelkov
Jun 14, 2021
Kelly Pavel
Jun 7, 2021
Dan Shemon
Only went down to Spectra Point Overlook but the canyon and hoodoos were so gorgeous! 3mi — 1h 00m
Apr 4, 2021
Rossy Valencia
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