Newfoundland Mountains

One of my favorite things to do is botanize in the west desert of Utah.  Besides the off limits army and air force bombing ranges, one of the least visited and more difficult places to reach in the west desert are the Newfoundland Mountains; a desert island mountain range surrounded on all sides by salt…

Utah’s Piñon Pines

Every September, usually around the 2nd or 3rd weekend, pine nuts become mature and ready to be harvested from Utah’s desert mountains and ragelands. Utah has two species of piñon (also spelled pinyon) pines both which produce large, edible nuts. Piñon pines can be found growing native in all Utah counties except Davis, Morgan, Summit…