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RiverCat Journal : Cedar Breaks

Posted by on July 31, 2015

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Current Venue: Kanarraville, UT
Campground: Red Ledge RV Park and Campground

Cedar Breaks is about 20 miles east of Cedar City. With a lot of 4-8% grades, the ascent to 10,000 feet is quick, but the really cool thing is you can practically coast all the way back down and save a few bucks on gas.

The canyon at Cedar Breaks is spectacular and deep.

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There is much ado about Bristlecone Pines here.  The oldest tree in the world is a Bristlecone Pine, nearly 5,000 years old. A ranger explained to me there are a few in the park over 2,000 years old. They are so durable that they are often seen where other trees cannot survive in these harsh winter climates at this altitude.

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This is one of two places in Cedar Breaks that has a railing.  I was stunned when I really observed the sheer drop-off of some of these cliffs. There’s one bare ridge in particular that I’d watched about a dozen small children walk across without a care in the world and, while the path was plenty wide, one slip on the loose pebbles could send someone sliding down a steep embankment (bare of any trees or shrubs, only loose rock) and over the edge to certain death. I would be very surprised if it hasn’t happened before.

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What really amazes me about Southern Utah is that these treasures are everywhere. You can’t go 5 miles without seeing something spectacular. I’ve already talked to several campers that really regret not knowing this and wishing they’d had at least 2 weeks instead of the 2-3 days they’d allotted for this area.

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I’m actually amazed that I’m here and that it’s less than 3 hours from Las Vegas! It’s a different world up here. And as long I make Vegas my home base, Kanarraville will easily become my regular refuge from the brutal desert heat.

 

 

 

 

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