All 4 Adventure: Red Wood Tree, Browse

It is probably too late in the season, but this is a rare area and place to visit that many of Southern Utah's residents do not know about. This is the old Browse, Pine Valley ranger station.

 It is a rough road and can be very impassible if the weather is bad. In the next few weeks they will be closing the gate but it is still a fun place to visit, even if you don't make it to the ranger station or the tree.

So the story behind this tree: It is supposedly the only living California Redwood tree in Utah. It was planted by the old ranger station over 100 years ago by someone and has grown quite tall. There is some unhealthy looking parts at the very top of the tree but the rest of the tree looks really good.

The ranger station is very old and closed down due to possible Hauntavirus contamination but it is still quite neat to visit. There is a stream that is Trout-filled and many hiking trails along the way. All the trails are part of the Pine Valley Wilderness area.

There is the Cottonwood trail and Springs trail head. I have parked at the station and hiked all the way to the springs and drank out of them.

To get here, travel north on I-15, past Hurricane, Leeds and Toquerville exits. Just a few more miles and you will see a very primitive exit with no services called Browse. This is your exit. Follow that exit all the way up toward Pine Valley Mountain.

This is a very rough road, and probably takes about an hour to get to the station. Be very careful of bad weather, mud or snow. This area is closed in the winter but you could visit on horseback or four wheelers. Even when the road is open, four wheelers or jeeps are the best way to visit.

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