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The Ultimate Southwest Vacation includes Dixie National Forest!

Experience the Spectacular Canyon  Country Tour

Stay in Mt. Carmel Jct., the heart of the parks, and visit the treasures of the Southwest.

Mileage: Mt. Carmel Jct.
Cedar Breaks 45 miles
Dixie Forest 22 miles
Zion National Park 12 miles
Bryce Canyon 60 miles
Grand Staircase 9 miles
Red Canyon 47 miles
Sand Dunes 11 miles
North Rim 85 miles
Toroweap 90 miles
South Canyon 75 miles

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In these pages you will find insiders information on Dixie National Forest. This detailed guide includes road maps, park maps, pictures, trail beta, backpacking, history, fees, geology, flora, fauna, campgrounds and things for kids to do.

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Directions to Dixie National Forest

From Salt lake City: Take I-15 south, exit at Parowan. Take U-143 south
to Dixie National Forest.
From Las Vegas: Take I-15 north to Cedar City. Take U-14 to Dixie National Forest.
From Mount Carmel Junction: Take US-89 north to U-14 and into Dixie National Forest.
From Arizona: Take US-89 north thru Mount Carmel Junction to U-14 and turn west to Dixie National Forest.

U-14 is also called the Markaguant High Plateau Scenic Byway.

Bristlecone Pine Tree

Bristlecone Pines are the oldest living things on the earth.




Cedar Mountain Flora

The elevation at Cedar Mountain is mid to high. The pinyon pine and juniper are common at the mid-elevations near the turn-off from US-89 to Highway 14. Traveling along Highway 14 the elevation increases quickly and the junipers and pinyon pines give way to aspen and conifers such as pine and fir.

Groves of White Barked Aspens

These groves exist throughout the Cedar Mountain area, and are abundant along Highway 14. This passage is well known for its grand show of autumn leaves in mid-October. Conifers grow among the aspens and tend to crowd them out, but beetles and fire can keep this under control, allowing the aspens to flourish. In fact, the beetle has ravished the spruce trees the last few years.

Bristlecone Pine

Bristlecone Pine thrive at Cedar Breaks

The seldom seen ancient Bristlecone pines thrive on Cedar Mountain although rare in much of the rest of the state. These are not only the oldest of all trees, but are the oldest living things on the earth. The Bristlecone along this trail reach up to 4,500 years old. These old timers have adapted to living on barren slopes and cliff edges and folks hike trail just to see these magnificent old-timers. If unsure which are the ancient pines, look for pine needles in groups of five. The leaves will be one inch to one and half inches long. Bristlecone pine has a thin, smooth bark, which is grayish white on young stems. As stems age the color becomes a reddish brown and they trunks begin to twist. The cone is tipped with long bristle seeds.


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Dixie National Forest

Nature fed them (trees) and dressed them every day,--working like a man, a loving, devoted, painstaking gardener; fingering every leaf and flower and mossy furrowed bole; bending, trimming, modeling, balancing; painting them with the loveliest colors; bringing over them now clouds with cooling shadows and showers,
. -- John Muir

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