ABOUT BIG TREE
Deep in the Tushars you can find an unbelievable tree, that is rightly called the “Big Tree.” This towering ponderosa pine will shock the whole family, and the trail to get there is a fun walk in the woods.
How to get there
Drive up SR-153 just past the Telluride hydroelectric power plant, to mile marker 10.7 and pull out on the right just past the pipeline suspended over the highway. There’s plenty of parking near all the sections of old steel pipeline. Walk past the barn on F.R.(forest road) 630 for just over half a mile and look for the first level field of sagebrush on the right. This area is known as White’s Pasture and there’s a trail marker for trail #230 which guides you almost directly south towards the Big Tree. There are two logs which you can use to cross the South Fork of the Beaver River, then in about 50 yards you’ll see a trail to the left which goes a short distance to the base of a massive ponderosa pine.
Respect Your Elders
The “Big Tree”, a ponderosa pine, is the largest registered in Utah and second largest in the United States. At 940 years old, it has lived 300 or 400 years longer than most ponderosas typically survive. It is speculated that the longevity is due to harsh conditions: 8,400-foot-elevation ridge that receives a on average 13 inches of precipitation. Get out there and bear witness this natural wonder.