Together with pinyon pine, Utah juniper is the most common tree in the Southwest. Normally, this tree grows to about 15 feet, with a diameter of about 12 inches. The largest measured tree is on the Inyo National Forest in California and is 40 feet tall, with a girth of 21 feet, 8 inches.
Utah juniper is a commonly used for firewood throughout the Southwest. Hopi Indians of the Arizona use the juniper for medicine and ceremonial purposes. Navajo Indians use it for building material and for firewood.