Zion National Park (2012)
At Zion National Park in southwestern Utah, The National Park Trust (NPT) partnered with the Trust for Public Lands (TPL), to protect a 30 acre property on the Kolob Terrace at the foot of Tabernacle Dome, a steeply rounded peak rising to 6430 ft. from Cave Valley. An anonymous donor, working with the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) and The Trust for Public Land, donated $825,000 so the land could be purchased and given to the park. NPT provided funds to accomplish the important due diligence steps to complete the acquisition of the land from a private owner. The land can be viewed along the Kolob Terrace road, a popular scenic route and the Tabernacle Dome area is popular for its hiking trails, camping, and spectacular vistas. Protection of this 30 acre property expands public access and ensures that views cherished by visitors will not be diminished by development. At least one property in the area that wasn’t part of the 30 acres has been built upon.