Southern Utah’s Only Giant Sequoia Tree

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This tree is often referred to as a redwood tree, but it’s actually a giant sequoia tree (Species: Sequoia Dendron Giganteum) and is approximately 108 ft tall and 11.25 ft in circumference. 

Location:

On the east slope of Pine Valley Mountain just in back of the abandoned Browse Guard Station. Take Interstate 15 to Exit 30, Browse exit, and go 7.5 miles towards Pine Valley Mountain on the dirt road. I would strongly recommend an ATV on this trail, as it’s really rough. We took our side by side and it was a blast! The trail has some amazing mountain views! The road ends at the Ranger Station, so you can only go back the way you came.

Buddy enjoyed the ride!

History

As awesome as it would be, this tree did not naturally grow on its own. It was planted in the 1930’s as part of the Browse Experiment Station. It is said that many of these trees were actually planted, but only this one survived.

The Abandoned Browse Ranger Station

If you haven’t noticed, it’s nearly impossible to take a photo without the mutt being in there, so I try to embrace it.

There’s a beautiful stream and scenery to explore around the area as well!

I have to admit, I had an image of the Redwoods in California, so I was a little disappointed at the size in person, but it’s a super fun little day trip with beautiful scenery!

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  • Matthew Lovett
    2019-08-12

    Insightful, and amazing photography! Like going on a mini nature tour. Didn’t even know these kinds of trees were outside of California.

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    • Jessi Bang
      2019-08-12 Matthew Lovett

      Thank you so much! Southern Utah is full of surprises ?

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  • Steve
    2019-08-12

    Loved seeing the sequoia tree! That would be a fun detour! I’ve never seen a hantavirus contamination warning sign before. Had to look that one up.

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    • Jessi Bang
      2019-08-12 Steve

      Ah yes…the mouse disease lol Growing up, my neighbor had a dog with that name. They called him “Hunta” for short. Not sure why you’d name your dog after that, but what do I know ?

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  • Pia - Dream and Wanderland
    2019-08-12

    That´s funny! Only on sequoia! Seems there is anything special to this one when it is the only survivor! I believe that it´s a great day trip being out in nature and enjoy the journey and the views! Thanks for sharing that!

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    • Jessi Bang
      2019-08-12 Pia – Dream and Wanderland

      I know, it’s pretty crazy! It’s pretty far off the beating path, too! Interesting little gem to discover!

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  • Vera Dooley
    2019-08-12

    I had never heard of this place! How do you find all these little gems! Your adventures are always fun to follow! Love your blog!

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    • Jessi Bang
      2019-08-12 Vera Dooley

      Yay! Thank you! Word of mouth or google usually haha! Thanks so much for taking the time to read!

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  • Katrina
    2019-08-12

    This place looks amazing! What a great and big tree. Nature sure is amazing sometimes.

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    • Jessi Bang
      2019-08-12 Katrina

      It definitely is amazing! Thanks for reading!

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