State Route 148, the scenic road through Cedar Breaks National Monument connecting Utah Highways 14 and 143, has closed for the winter.
Snow and ice has accumulated on the road to the point where it has become unsafe to allow vehicle traffic. Although SR-148 is closed, visitors can still easily access the park via SR-143 and the town of Brian Head. SR-143, connecting Parowan to Panguitch, will remain open throughout the winter, but this route will temporarily close during and immediately after heavy snowstorms and periods of blowing snow. Up-to-date road conditions, are available online, and 24-hour automated information is available by dialing 511 instate or (866) 511-8824 out of state.
As the snow continues to build, Cedar Breaks will begin to offer numerous activities for winter recreation. SR-148 will be transformed into a marked and groomed snowmobile route, and the rest of the park will be transformed into a winter playground for those on snowshoes and skis. Ranger-guided snowshoe hikes (snowshoes provided) will also be offered to the public every other Saturday beginning Jan. 20 and extending into March, weather permitting. This walk gives visitors a chance to practice snowshoeing and learn from a ranger 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.
Snowmobilers should be aware that while within park boundaries, snowmobiles are only permitted on the groomed path along SR-148 and along the eastern shoulders of SR-143. This trail protects park resources such as plants and wildlife and ensures a safe and enjoyable recreational experience for all visitors.