When you first see a Bristlecone, the twisted bare limbs look almost like alien sculptures; beautiful yet almost unearthly. That’s because Bristlecone die out in portions, while the remainder of the tree continues to live, resulting in a twisted, tortured appearance. Bristlecone have been the watchmen of the Markagunt Plateau for thousands of years, surrounded by the most stunning scenery in the country. It’s well worth the time to discover these trees and luckily there are several hiking trails that take you to them and the panoramic vistas that unfold below. The best season for these trails is Summer through Fall, as they are located at a high elevation.