For those seeking a different perspective on Zion National Park without all the development and the large crowds, Kolob Terrace is a wonderful alternative.
A recreation hub today, especially for those who own cabins in the area, at first, the high ground of the Kolob Terrace was a summer grazing range for 10 original families who made it their home in the warmer months, beginning in the late 19th century and early 20th century. Some local cattlemen would stage three-day cattle drives from the Arizona Strip to get their herds there and sometimes would leave the cattle on the range into November, which with the leaves off the trees meant better visibility to keep track of their herds but also meant the possibility of blizzardy weather when moving them to lower pastures.
Fields on Kolob where ranchers still graze their cattle.
Corral on Kolob Mountain with cabins in the background.
The area once boasted a sawmill and the families who made the annual trek with their cattle apparently made to-die-for butter and cheese.
Kolob is also home to Kolob Reservoir, popular for fishing and water recreation for those who frequent the area, as well as a girls camp.
View of Zion National Park from Kolob Lava Point.
Kolob Terrace includes Lava Point, within the boundaries of Zion, which provides a breathtaking view from the north into the most popular part of the park – Zion Canyon. Lava Point includes the trailhead of the West Rim Trail, the start of a 14-mile path whose terminus is Zion Canyon, as well as a primitive campground.
The area is reached by turning north onto the Kolob Terrace Road from State Highway 9 in Virgin.
For a more in-depth history and photo gallery of the Kolob Terrace, click here.