You'll feel far from dusty desert environs as you camp or picnic beneath the shade of ponderosa pines or hike the Bristlecone Ridge Trail. Bristlecone Pines—the oldest living things on earth—thrive in this arid alpine location. Several of these venerable trees stand alongside the trail, welcoming you to their mountain home as they've welcomed visitors for thousands of years.
The following photos were taken on two separate outings to Price Canyon Rec. On an October Saturday I hiked with an employee of the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) and several other friends on a trail maintenance outing. You can see the shovels and pick axes to the right of the picnic table in the third picture.
The final two photos were taken on a September hike with family members visiting from Pennsylvania. Notice the differences in fall colors, and in clothing choices, between the September and October hikes.
|A Bristlecone Pine (left) frames the view from Bristlecone Ridge Trail.|
|Friends and dogs take a break along the steep path.|
|A post-hike picnic under the pines.|
|Tim surveys the Central Utah landscape from a rocky prominence|
along the trail.
|The trail continues for several miles past the Bristlecone Pine ridge.|
This meadow provides a quiet place for a rest stop.
If you're traveling south from Salt Lake and need an overnight campsite or a pleasant place for a picnic I highly recommend a stop at the BLM managed Price Canyon Recreation Area. Read more about it by visiting their website: http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/price/recreation/pricerec.html
Read about the amazing Bristlecone Pine Tree here: http://www.blueplanetbiomes.org/bristlecone_pine.htm