Fields of lava rock around Navajo Lake on Cedar Mountain
As you drive down the mountain to the 9,000-foot level, you pass fields of lava rock from small volcanoes that were spewing out lava just a few thousand years ago.
A much bigger volcano, to the west of the mountain, is dormant, but could blow at any time. Like the mega-volcano at Yellowstone, several hundred miles to the north of here, this one would (or should I say “will”) cause massive devastation when it next blows.
The lake is surrounded by pine forest. You can see it dappled with snow on the far side.
Part of the shore at Navajo Lake
The lake is fed by thousands of springs that bubble out of the surrounding mountainside as snow melts higher up, sinks into the ground, and emerges around the lake.
The lake itself only has two outlets. The one I was going to takes water gathers lake water underground and re-emerges as the source of the Virgin River that flows through Zion National Park, about 20 miles to the south.
I drove around Navajo Lake and down a muddy trail that leads to a road that ends at a steep drop-off.
A trail then leads you along the side of the mountain until, in the distance, you can see the spring emerging from the cliff.