Dixie National Forest:
Cedar Mountain Flora (Vegetation)
The elevation at Cedar Mountain is mid to high, soaring up to 10,000 feet. Pinyon pine and juniper
are common at the mid-elevations near the turn-off from US-89 to SR-14.
Traveling along SR-14 the elevation increases quickly and the junipers and
pinyon pine give way to aspen and pine and fir. Groves of aspen exist throughout the Cedar Mountain area, and are abundant along
SR-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. The flora at Cedar Breaks is similar to the rest of Cedar Mountain.
Autumn on Cedar Mountain
The aspens put on a grand show on Cedar Mountain, but arrive early in the fall since the leaves change early.
The seldom seen ancient Bristlecone pines thrive on Cedar Mountain although rare in much of the rest of the state. These are the oldest of all trees. 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 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 and the bark is thin and smooth; 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.
Utah's Dixie National Forest: Cedar Mountain
Cedar Breaks National Monument is surrounded by Utah's Dixie National Forest. From Mt. Carmel Junction, drive north on US-89 to the junction with U-14. SR-14 is known as Cedar Mountain which is the scenic byway to travel to Cedar Breaks. Once on Cedar Mountain, travel through the beautiful forest, and then turn at the signed highway to Cedar Breaks - U-148.
It's 22 miles from Mt. Carmel Junction to boundary of Dixie National Forest and 45 miles to Cedar Breaks.
Utah's Dixie National Forest: Red Canyon Red Canyon is a unique part of Dixie National Forest that is not only traveled through on the way to Bryce Canyon, but it has eroded hoodoos like Bryce Canyon and Cedar Breaks. It is found along U-12
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