|Friday, Sep 30, 2005|
As another season of spectacular fall colors draws to a close, operations at Cedar Breaks are gearing up for the transition to a winter recreational season. "The Columbus Day weekend is the last opportunity this fall to take advantage of ranger-conducted programs and exhibits inside the Visitor Center," explained Superintendent Paul Roelandt. "After Monday, October 10, we will be winterizing the park's utility systems and buildings which will be closed for visitor use until next spring." Unless an earlier than usual snow pattern develops, over the next two weeks visitors should find cool days with temperatures in the 50s. The views from the Cedar Breaks rim into the 2,500 foot-deep amphitheater are spectacular. Fall colors throughout the area should be in their prime, providing excellent leisure opportunities for fall travelers. Until the Visitor Center closes, the entrance fee for Cedar Breaks is $4.00 per person, ages 17 and older. Admission is free for children ages 16 and under. The Visitor Center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. through October 10, 2005. In addition to the geology exhibits, a visit to the park's Visitor Center will find a wide range of books, maps, and visual aids that provide in-depth information about the park, other National Park and forest sites, and the rest of the Colorado Plateau. The Point Supreme campground will close for the season on Monday, October 3. All overlooks and the main park road will remain open for visitors to drive through the park free of charge until closed by the first major storm, normally in late November or early December. As soon as the road closes to vehicular traffic and the snow deepens, the park will remain open throughout the winter for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling on designated trails. Call the park at (435) 586-9451 for additional information.