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This actually was the first time I visited Cedar Breaks National Monument and the new winter atmosphere started to unfold. Millions of patient years of sedimentation, uplift, and erosion are carving out this enormous sloping amphitheater, that spans some three miles, and is more than 2000 feet deep and over 10,000 feet above sea level overall. This monument was named for the Juniper trees that were misidentified as “cedars”, and named “breaks” by the early pioneers as it was common to call areas like this. But the name has stuck ever since its establishment in 1933. The native Paiutes called the natural amphitheater of Cedar Breaks National Monument in Utah un-cap-I-cun-ump, or "circle of painted cliffs”. When snow does visit this monument, It is just crazy beautiful to see the pure white powder contrasting the painted orange spires, fins, and column formations. The vista points are already grand enough on their own on a clear day

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