To get the best overall view of Cedar Breaks National Monument, Chessman Ridge Overlook is the place to go. The overlook is directly in the center of the two main areas of the monument. To the left is the Amphitheater:
and to the right is Cedar Breaks:
There is a very short walk from the parking lot to the overlook which is wheelchair accessible. The overlook gives a wonderful perspective of the entire park where you can step back and see the vastness, or focus in on specific points to see the intricate details of the weathered rocks. A poem from the Cedar Breaks national Monument newsletter does a nice job summing everything up:
Clinging to the clouds at 10.350 feet
Cracks and crevasses, hoodoos and arches
Exposed limestone structures from the ancient amphitheater.
Elegant and profuse, wildflowers appear in July
Brushing the sub-alpine meadows in a rainbow of colors.
Bristle Cone Pine, twisted, stunted, ancient trees
Remain standing in drought and flood for over 1,600 years.
Raptors, ravens, California Condors soar and play on warm updrafts.
Nighttime approaches, campfires flicker, Rangers tell stories.
Night sky deepens, dark, vast. The stars appear.
Millions of stars, billions of stars, stars no longer hidden by city lights.
Monuments all. The great masterpieces of nature.
This is CEdar BReaks National Monument! — Park Ranger Teri Saa