This particular Bristlecone Pine is 1,700 years old and is the biggest in the monument I believe. It's within yards (meters) of Spectra Point. These trees grow on high, dry ridges where there is little competition with other trees. Also, as a part of the tree begins to die, all the nutrients are diverted to the healthy portion to ensure its survival. This seems to be a survival strategy that has worked out well as these trees, as a group, are among the oldest on Earth.
Cedar Breaks National Monument
Near Cedar City, Utah
Part of The Great American West series.