Despite trails still covered by snow, Cedar Breaks, SR 148 set to open for summer season

File photo of Cedar Breaks National Monument, date not specified | Photo courtesy of the National Park Service, St. George News / Cedar City News

CEDAR CITY — Officials announced that Cedar Breaks Scenic Drive, known as state Route 148, will soon open for the summer season.

Cedar Breaks National Monument photo courtesy of the National Park Service, St. George News

According to a press release from the National Park Service, it is estimated the road will be cleared of snow and open to vehicles Tuesday. Visitor services, such as restrooms, the Information Center and ranger programs will be available beginning Friday.

Officials said that a few feet of snow still cover all the park’s trails, and park overlooks have ice and snow patches. Visitors are advised to use caution while in the park and to follow all posted signs. The Point Supreme Campground is estimated to be open to the public in late June.

“We are excited to open visitor services for the season and share the magnificent snow-covered vistas created by this spring’s storms with everyone,” Cedar Breaks Superintendent Kathleen Gonder said in the press release. “We anticipate a spectacular wildflower display this season and are looking forward to a great summer in the high country.”

Cedar Breaks National Monument officials would also like to remind the public that heavy vehicles will be prohibited from using SR 148 until the subsurface has dried. A heavy vehicle is defined as any vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating greater than 26,000 lbs.

Road signs outlining the weight restriction are posted on all routes leading to the monument to remind trucks and other heavy vehicles to use alternate routes.

For current park conditions and a calendar of upcoming events, go to the Cedar Breaks National Monument webpage or email [email protected].

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