Chessman Ridge Overlook

Cedar Breaks National Monument

Zion + Bryce Canyon Area, Utah

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Chessman Ridge Overlook

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  • Looking west toward Cedar City.- Chessman Ridge Overlook
  • Views from the Chessman Ridge Overlook.- Chessman Ridge Overlook
  • From atop the Markagunt Plateau.- Chessman Ridge Overlook
  • The Ashdown Wilderness below.- Chessman Ridge Overlook
  • Amazing hoodoos made red, yellows and purples from iron and manganese oxides from iron.- Chessman Ridge Overlook
  • Views from the Chessman Ridge Overlook.- Chessman Ridge Overlook
  • You are at 10,500 feet up here!- Chessman Ridge Overlook
  • Views from the Chessman Ridge Overlook.- Chessman Ridge Overlook
  • Great place for sunsets and storm watching.- Chessman Ridge Overlook
  • Views from the Chessman Ridge Overlook.- Chessman Ridge Overlook
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Wonderful views. Nearby hike.
Cons: 
Very high elevation. Storms form quickly here.
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Region:
Zion + Bryce Canyon Area, UT
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Fall
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The Chessman Ridge Overlook sits on the eastern edge of the Cedar Breaks National Monument amphitheater. The western views of the hoodoos and spires during sunset are particularly well positioned. From here you can watch the many storms creeping up the steep mountainside that allow the nearby Brian Head Ski Resort to have its snowy winters. The road to here is closed in the winter, but you can snowshoe or snowmobile in to see the winter views.

The overlook shares a parking lot with the trailhead for the Chessman Loop Trail, which then can also be connected to the Alpine Pond Loop for one of the few chances to really get out and experience this monument beyond looking at it from afar. These hikes have very few people on them, so you can enjoy the area with great solitude. 

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