Lone Cedar

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Hanksville, Utah (Garfield County)
Last Updated: 01/08/2023

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Located in BLM land south of Hanksville, Utah, Lone Cedar is the start of the Bull Creek Pass Back Country Byway, a 68-mile route through the ruggedly beautiful Henry Mountains. Lone Cedar also leads to the Little Egypt Geologic Site. If you enjoy the subtle hues of southern Utah's sandstone, Lone Cedar is definitely for you. With easy access and abundant campsites, Lone Cedar is a popular side trip off Utah's scenic Highway 95. Stately rust-red sandstone buttes stand watch over the trail. The road dips and curves, first hiding and then filling your windshield with its earthy charms. The Henry Mountains, named for the first secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, were the last mountain range to be added to the map of the 48 contiguous States. They loom tall and gray to the west of the trail. Made of igneous minerals that extruded through the surrounding sandstone sediments, the mountains range from 23 to 31 million years old. The Henrys host one of only three genetically pure herds of buffalo left in the United States. Slow down and take a side trip on Lone Cedar. Or use it enter the beckoning Henry Mountains. As they say in Utah, it rocks.

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