Stunning Wilderness Views Permanently Protected in Zion National Park

A 35-acre in-holding donated to The National Park Service

October 23, 2018
Springdale, UT

The Trust for Public Land today announced the donation to the National Park Service of a 35-acre inholding inside Zion National Park. The land, known as Firepit Knoll, will be incorporated into the park and protected from future development.  This project was made possible thanks to support from the National Park Foundation, the National Park Trust and the  the George S. and Dolores Doré  Eccles Foundation of Salt Lake City. 


The Firepit Knoll parcel is located in the Kolob Terrace section of the park.  The popular Hop Valley Trail runs near the property and immediately adjacent, the spectacular red rock spire Job’s Head rises nearly 1000 feet above the tract. Protection of the Firepit Knoll ensures that the land will never be developed and visitors to Zion National Park will have uninterrupted views of the stunning Zion Wilderness from the trail and surrounding areas.

"Millions of people visit Zion National Park every year, but most don't realize that thousands of acres of inside the park remain unprotected and at risk of development,” said Diane Regas President and CEO of The Trust for Public Land, “We're proud to ensure that the outstanding Firepit Knoll site will remain undeveloped, wild, and open to all—now, and for generations to come."

 “Partnership is vital to protecting America’s national treasures,” said Will Shafroth, president of the National Park Foundation. “The National Park Foundation’s collaboration with The Trust for Public Land, National Park Trust and donors preserves an important piece of our shared inheritance so that all people can experience it.”


 “We thank the former property owner’s interest in having this land conserved as part of the national park and providing this opportunity for public ownership,” said Jeff Bradybaugh Zion National Park Superintendent, “We are so very grateful for the work of The Trust for Public Land and the generosity of donors, both organizations and individuals, which made this acquisition possible. Zion National Park accepts and celebrates this addition to the park, on behalf of the American people.”


"National Park Trust is delighted to once again partner with The Trust for Public Land and the National Park Foundation on this project that adds this critically important 35-acre parcel located within Kolob Terrace to Zion National Park, as we work towards our goal of 'completing' our national parks. Protecting parks today while cultivating future stewards of these iconic places is at the core of our mission," stated Grace Lee, National Park Trust's executive director.  


The land was purchased by The Trust for Public Land from an Arizona rancher and real estate developer who bought the property over 20 years ago, and recently decided he would like to see it protected as part of the park. 


Zion National Park is the third most visited National Park in the country and attracts over 4 million visitors annually from across the country and throughout the world.