The Cedar Breaks museum and archive resources are housed and managed at Zion National Park along with collections from Bryce Canyon National Park. The museum staff manage over 710,000 items from all three park units as of 2017.
The Cedar Breaks National Monument collection is broken down into 439 archaeology items, over 69,000 archival items, 21 history items, 996 biology items, and 21 paleontology specimens as of 2018. The Cedar Breaks collection includes a photographic collection (circa 1933 to the 1970’s) and the Cottam Collection of historic photographic negatives. Some images of the collection items can be viewed on Zion's NPGallery.
The park’s high-altitude location on the west edge of the Colorado Plateau makes it a scientifically unique area, containing a range of life zones from cold desert to alpine tundra as well as an impressive array of geologic formations. Significant plants in the park include several rare species (Cymopterus minimus, Silene petersonii, and Erigeron proselyticus) as well as the bristlecone pine, Pinus longaeva, some of which are estimated to be over 1650 years old.
Cedar Breaks is presently about 80% recommended wilderness, so research and other activities occur with that designation in mind. The Cedar Breaks archives house research from permitted studies conducted in the monument. More information for researchers about permits and requirements can be found on the National Park Service Research Permit and Reporting System.
The museum collection is open by appointment only. Hours are 8:00 am-4:30 pm Monday-Friday, excluding federal holidays, and subject to staff availability. To make an appointment to view the collection in person and/or to conduct research please contact the curator by e-mail .