No Filter: Where the Redwood grows in Dixie

BROWSE –  Episode 2 in our new semiweekly “No Filter” show takes Paul Ford and Grady Sinclair in search of a Redwood tree – not at the California Coast as you might imagine, but right here in Utah’s Dixie.  Check it out:

St. George News Videocast

How to get there

Take Interstate 15 to Exit 30, Browse exit, and go 7.5 miles towards Pine Valley Mountain on the dirt road. Two-wheel drive vehicles can make it, but four-wheel drive is recommended.

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14 Comments

  • Notagain November 14, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    St. George News,,, Enjoy your bi- weekly No Filter addition for our education & amusement.

  • Koolaid November 14, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Oh crap. Now all the locals will carve their initials all over it.

    • Yourself November 14, 2014 at 4:51 pm

      I think No Filter should do a segment on Koolaid and how he/she always has the time to make jabs and comments on literally every article

      • koolaid November 14, 2014 at 11:11 pm

        You want to filter out the koolaid?

    • Zonkerb November 14, 2014 at 5:22 pm

      Yep and the gang bangers are going to tag it

  • AV8R November 14, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Not bad.

  • NHEXPLORER November 14, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Hopefully, no one will desecrate this wonderful area. Please leave no trace or it will become inaccessible. Forest Service in Cedar told me there is one in Zion National Park as well. Would like to see it. It would have to be in higher altitude and near water.

  • cPeters November 14, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    I have found three sites where Redwoods (Sequoia Gigantea) are growing in Washington County. Just above the Browse Ranger Station, in front of the Springdale Elementary School, and on private land on Kolob Mountain. All were planted by people and all seem to be growing well. In a few hundred years we should have some big tall trees around here. cp

  • TWAG November 14, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Not 100% sure but it appears your Redwood is really a Giant Sequoia.

    • Koolaid November 18, 2014 at 8:38 am

      This one looks like a Midget Sequoia

  • Lillith70 November 14, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    And is this not environmental banditry? there were no racoons in New Harmony until someone imported then. Ditto for king snakes the than the California red and black friend of jack in the lower mountain areas.

    So the snark about how the locals will carve initials in the tree. In the first place that invites anger as all power statements do and invites some mischief? Common goals and mutual respect on the other hand? That is the cooperation and community that makes the locals thick as thieves so to speak. I would add dum bass but that is so liberal–name calling?

    The locals so did not pollute the streams that before Wayne Owens reclaimed the Mill Flat Wilderness from the well used mountain the locals could drink from the streams. Now places worth taking and setting aside from local use such as beautiful Spring Canyon by Kanarraville.

    So the greenies come to a place, claim it and insult the locals? LOL. If Utah had known that the government who took the land as a favor to manage it for the poorer states would one day fence it off they might have been tempted to homestead it illegally like others did by claiming to live on it or 6 months in the cabins built? Honesty not always the most useful policy?

    The states that much of Territory of Deseret was carved in to were built by miners who did live in the mountains. Vail Colorado compared to Grand Junction Co or Fruita, Ut.

  • PROTECT THE SHEEP November 14, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    If someone wants to carve their initials with a big happy face and the date next to it who’s it hurting? If you don’t like it then leave.

  • Bantamboxer November 16, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Way to go St. George news. Thanks for widely spreading the word about a nice little known secret. One of the rare places in this county to still get away from it all and drive for an hour and possibly not seeing anyone else. The road is not at all wide enough for two vehicles to pass at the same time and any amount of traffic on it will make it an unimaginable pain. Been there twice this week just for a breather and saw 1 person…. If it becomes tourist central or 2 wheel drive in their Prius central a lot of people will be bugged. Some things are honestly just better off for the adventurers and wild at hearts to go find on their own like I did. Not to read about online and go “oh honey let’s get the whole crew rounded up in the escalade and go find it yayyyy”

  • woody8dist January 28, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    This redwood tree was planted in 1875-1880 by Joseph Ellis Johnson, an early settler of St. George. He was a nursery man who brought in trees, plants, and cuttings of all kinds to see if they would grow in Dixie. His children later wrote that they took wheelbarrows to the Post Office on Saturdays to bring home all the plants and trees. He was accompanied by his son in law Horatio Pickett and probably his brother Joel who lived in Bellevue (Pintura). I am surprised Dixie Natl. For. supervisor Killpack would not know the history of this marvelous tree. Hopefully this 135 year old tree will be preserved and protected.

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