National Park Trust is pleased to announce that 35 acres of once-private land has been permanently protected from development and returned to Zion National Park. The Park Trust worked with The Trust for Public Land and the National Park Foundation to purchase the 35-acre in-holding—a privately owned piece of land completely surrounded by the park—and donate the land to the National Park Service.

The land is near Firepit Knoll, on the Kolob Terrace in the north west area of the park and is an important section of the park for hikers traveling the popular Hop Valley Trail. In protecting this area from development, visitors can continue to enjoy the natural landscape unique to Zion.

View of Kolob Terrace area, Zion National Park, photo courtesy of the National Park Service

The Park Trust assisted our partners with this project by providing the final funds required for closing costs and due-diligence work on the property before it could be processed for donation to the National Park Service.

“National Park Trust is honored to have worked with The Trust for Public Land and National Park Foundation to permanently preserve this land for generations to come. We believe it is critical that we complete our national parks to protect them from any development within park boundaries that would diminish their status as a national treasure as well as our legacy for those future generations; this was an important step in protecting Zion National Park.”  

Phil Selleck, Director of Land Preservation at National Park Trust

“Visiting a national park like Zion is a once in a lifetime experience for many people. That experience should be about majesty and wonder and dramatic and unspoiled landscapes. Working with our partners to protect Firepit Knoll ensures future generations will have the opportunity to experience grand views of the Zion Wilderness unmarred by incompatible development.”

Jim Petterson Southwest and Colorado Director for The Trust for Public Land

“Partnership is vital to protecting America’s national treasures. 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.”

Will Shafroth, president of the National Park Foundation

This is the second project National Park Trust has completed within the same area in Zion National Park. In 2012, the Park Trust worked with National Parks Conservation Association and The Trust for Public Land to protect a 30 acre parcel at the base of Tabernacle Dome, just four miles from the current project.


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