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Cedar Breaks Scenic Drive, visitor facilities open for summer

CEDAR CITY — State Route 148, the Cedar Breaks Scenic Drive, and the information center at Cedar Breaks National Monument are now open for the summer. The center’s hours are daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Monument officials are also reminding visitors that heavy vehicles — anything with a gross vehicle weight rating greater than 26,000 pounds — will be restricted from using S.R. 148.

In a news release, park officials said the Alpine Pond, Spectra Point and Ramparts Trails are closed due to excessive snowdrifts, fallen trees and to protect park resources from damage. Park overlooks and the Sunset and Campground trails are open but have snow and mud in some areas, so visitors are advised to use caution when hiking.

Throughout the summer, Cedar Breaks will conduct a number of special activities and events including daily ranger programs; junior ranger programs Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Labor Day; the parks annual Bio-Blast on July 23-24; a wildflower festival July 8-23; and an astronomy festival Sept. 22-24.

The entrance fee to the park, located 23 miles east of Cedar City, is $6 per person for visitors 16 and older.

For more details about park events, visit nps.gov/cebr/index.htm or call 435-586-0787.