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Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation

The Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation (“Nation”) and Redwood National and State Parks (Parks) are excited to announce the completion of a new trail in Del Norte County. The trail is named Xaa-yuu-chit Tes-dvm, which translates to High-Status-Stream/River Trail.

The community of Hiouchi lies within Tolowa Dee-ni' ancestral territory. The name Hiouchi is an anglicized version of the Tolowa word Xaa-yuu-chit. The trail is just under one mile, beginning in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park and ending near the fire station in Hiouchi.

Unlike other trails in Redwood and National State Parks, this trail is pet, bicycle and pedestrian friendly. The trail is easily accessible, beautiful, and offers a safe location for visitors and locals to enjoy the outdoors near the Highway 199 corridor.

Pictured: Members of the Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation at the opening of the Xaa-yuu-chit Tes-dvm Trail.

Pictured: Members of the Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation at the opening of the Xaa-yuu-chit Tes-dvm Trail.

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It is a priority of Redwood National and State Parks to promote recreational opportunities while maintaining the protection of natural and cultural resources. The planning and construction of the Xaa-yuu-chit Tes-dvm Trail was a collaborative effort between the Parks and the Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation. This trail was the first project of the Nation's newly established Tribal Resources Field Crew. The Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation looks forward to future partnerships with local, state and federal agencies and opportunities for the field crew to implement projects in its ancestral territory.

As part of California State Parks Reexamining Our Past initiative, Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation and California State Parks worked collectively on this project. It was critical to honor local history and acknowledge the Indigenous name of this area. We invite the community to responsibly visit the new Xaa-yuu-chit Tes-dvm Trail

About Redwood National and State Parks

Redwood National and State Parks share in the perpetual stewardship of ancient coast redwood forests, streams, coastal ranges and coastline; for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of people forever; with a commitment to watershed-scale restoration of damaged landscapes.

About Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation

The Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation is a federally recognized Indian Nation of Tolowa Dee-ni' People. The nation is headquartered 3 miles south of the Oregon-California border in the Pacific Northwest of California. The nation's general membership consists of over 1,900 tribal citizens. 

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