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Utah: Sunrise in Cedar Breaks National Monument

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This is our last weekend in Utah, so we decided to head to Cedar Breaks National Monument again, but for sunrise. Last time we went to Cedar Breaks, it was during our day trip excursion to Bryce Canyon. Considering the crowds are much smaller in comparison to Bryce Canyon, we thought we might have the place all to ourselves for sunrise.

We were right. From 5:30 – 7:30 a.m., there was no one but us at the Point Supreme overlook. There were a few folks between 7:30 – 8:30 a.m., but only the intrepid hikers who wanted to get an early start.

Sunrise is peeking over the trees.
Sunrise is peeking over the trees.
A close up of the morning golden hour light before the sun started coming up.
A close up of the morning golden hour light before the sun started coming up.
Some of the first sunrise light hitting the cliff in front of the railing at the Point Supreme overlook, with a little sunflare.
Some of the first sunrise light hitting the cliff in front of the railing at the Point Supreme overlook, with a little sunflare.

While some folks would leave after getting sunrise, I wanted to see the light as it lit up the canyon and the hoodoos.

This is one of the first places in the canyon to see the sunlight.
This is one of the first places in the canyon to see the sunlight.
Sunlight making the hoodoos glow.
Sunlight making the hoodoos glow.
A wider angle of both places in the canyon with sunlight.
A wider angle of both places in the canyon with sunlight.
Sunlight lighting up the northern side of the canyon.
Sunlight lighting up the northern side of the canyon.
A bit more sunlight showing off the northern side.
A bit more sunlight showing off the northern side.

After we were done catching sunrise and the light in the canyon, we headed for the North View overlook. We missed this overlook on our last trip, but we made a point to see it this time.

The amazing view from the North View overlook from a wider perspective.
The amazing view from the North View overlook from a wider perspective.
Close up of a hoodoo with sunlight glow.
Close up of a hoodoo with sunlight glow.
Close up of a ridge in the canyon.
Close up of a ridge in the canyon.
Close up of a slope in the canyon.
Close up of a slope in the canyon.
Canyon side lit up at North View.
Canyon side lit up at North View.

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