History of Cedar Mountain, Utah
Pictographs, petroglyphs and dwellings have left a story behind, telling of hunters and gatherers that existed in Dixie Forest long ago. Later came the Ancestral Pueblo (Anasazi) and the Fremont Indians. The more recent inhabitants, the Paiute, did not accept the first white men to enter the area, making settlement in Dixie Forest lands difficult.The Land of Dixie and those "Cedar Trees"
The name Cedar came about when settlers incorrectly called juniper trees, cedars. When the error was discovered the name was never changed. The name Dixie came from the mid 1800's when Brigham Young, a Mormon leader, sent cotton growers into Southern Utah. When traveling through the town of Saint George, notice the "D" painted near the top of the southern most mountain. Many people wonder why the "D" is there, but the tradition of calling the area Dixie, set down by settlers from the south, remains today.
Ashdown Gorge Wilderness - The 7000 acre Ashdown Gorge Wilderness rests within the boundaries of Dixie National Forest and on the edge of Cedar Breaks National Monument. The area was designated by the U.S. Congress in 1984 and it's administered by the National Park Service. Rattlesnake Creek and Ashdown Creek both flow through the wilderness area.
Cedar Breaks National Park? - In 2006, Iron County officials considered a proposal for legislation to expand Cedar Breaks National Monument, Ashdown Gorge Wilderness and Flanigan's Arch and combine them to make a national park. Cedar Breaks is certainly one of the most beautiful places in the world and it deserves to be a national park.
Utah's Dixie National Forest: Cedar Mountain
Utah's Dixie National Forest: Red Canyon
Dixie National Forest, Utah
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