Legacy Ranches and Fine Sporting Properties

Kolob Mountain Ranch

Zion National Park, Utah (Washington County)
$18,500,000
1,570 +/- Deeded Acres

This is a truly extraordinary trophy hunting property offering legitimate opportunities for 400” elk and 200” mule deer.

Bordering Zion National Park with Unparalleled Scenery, Privacy, & Trophy Hunting
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  • Kolob Mountain Ranch is a generational type property situated between Zion National Park which is now the 4th most visited Park in the United States and the 250 acre Kolob Reservoir.
  • This stunning mountain property offers unparalleled recreational opportunities including world class hunting for both mule deer and elk with legitimate opportunities for 400” bull elk and 200” mule deer and easily obtained hunting licenses.
  • This ranch is totally unencumbered, leaving a blank canvas for the next owner to add their mark and continue the tradition of exemplary stewardship. The ranch’s significant conservation values include its adjacency to Zion, extraordinary scenic vistas, geological diversity, and extreme privacy and solitude with close proximity to urban areas.
  • The property itself is characterized by mature stands of aspens and extraordinary panoramic views looking down into the brilliantly colored sandstone cliffs of Beartrap Canyon and Zion National Park.
  • The ranch allows one exclusive access into remote regions of some of the most dramatic canyons in Zion including Bear Trap Canyon, La Verkin Canyon and Chasm Lake, allowing for endless canyoneering, hiking, climbing and rappelling without the crowds typically associated with some areas of the park.
  • Current ownership has painstakingly manicured the property for the benefit of wildlife by utilizing sound forestry and progressive grazing practices to manage the resource and foster game rich habitat.
  • Multiple adjudicated springs and water sources have been developed along with approximately 50 acres of food plots for wildlife.
  • Over 13 miles of well-planned and minimally invasive roads and trails allow for easy access to all points of the ranch.
  • End-of-the-road seclusion and privacy within a scenic 75 minute drive on paved roads from St. George, Regional airport and St. George, Utah along with all the conveniences, goods and services of a mid-sized city.
Introduction
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Adjacent to Zion National Park, Kolob Mountain Ranch offers truly one-of-a-kind natural beauty, with compelling conservation values including scenic viewsheds, wildlife habitat, and endless recreational opportunities. This is a truly extraordinary trophy hunting property offering legitimate opportunities for 400” elk and 200” mule deer.  Archery, muzzleloader, and rifle licenses are easily attained, allowing much flexibility with season dates. Current ownership has strategically groomed the property for the benefit of wildlife by slashing and burning dead-fall timber, fostering game rich understory, developing water, creating food plots, and building 13 miles of road for easy access to all points. The property is characterized by aspen glades and small mountain meadows. Topography is mostly flat to gently rolling, but the property benefits from panoramic views of the famously dramatic Zion National Park. Kolob Mountain Ranch offers end of the road privacy, world-class hunting and stunning scenery within an hour of St. George, Utah.

Lay of the Land
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While the ranch is easily accessed from either St. George or Cedar City, Utah off the Zion Scenic Byway, it is unique in its tranquility and solitude. The ranch borders Zion to its west and Kolob Reservoir to its east. Sitting atop the Kolob Plateau, overlooking Zion National Park and what may be some of the most dramatic vistas in the country. The ranch is mainly forested with large stands of mature aspens, gambel’s oak, spruce, pine, fir and snowberry. Elevations range from a low of 7,000’ to a high point of nearly 9,000’ on Kolob Mountain.

Improvements

The current owner has maintained the property solely as a remote recreational mountain getaway. While there are no living facilities on the property, there is a very comfortable campsite with a spring fed 1,000-gallon tank providing fresh potable water servicing a custom built shower house and bathroom. A telephone line has been run to the property providing internet access. With an average of 260 days of sunshine annually, this is an ideal location for solar development.

Location

Located an easy 75-minute scenic drive from St. George up the Kolob Terrace Road. The ranch sits atop the Kolob Plateau overlooking beautiful Zion National Park. The ranch also borders the 250-acre Kolob Reservoir. Cedar City is less than an hour’s drive north of the ranch.

Locale

Located adjacent to Zion National Park, which in 2019 was the 4th most visited park in the United States. Zion is also part of what is the Southwest’s “Grand Circle” of national parks, monuments, historic areas, and recreation areas – one of the world’s great concentrations of outstanding natural and cultural features. These areas provide a major portion of the region’s tourist industry, which attracts millions of travelers to the area annually. Included within the 250-mile radius of the Grand Circle are six national forests, the Navajo and Ute lands, three national recreation areas, twelve national monuments and the following nine parks.

  • Zion National Park
  • Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Canyonlands National Park
  • Capitol Reef National Park
  • Arches National Park
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
  • Mesa Verde National Park
  • Petrified Forest National Park

The ranch is located entirely in Washington County, Utah of which Saint George is the county seat. There is a regional airport in St. George, which is the largest airport in southern Utah with regularly scheduled commercial flights. Closer to the ranch, there is a small community store two miles down the road offering most basic supplies along with a nice cafe.

Climate

This is a true four-season area of the state. With the upper reaches of the ranch approaching 9,000 ft. in altitude, the temperature is quite pleasant and very similar to other mountain areas throughout the West. July is the warmest month of the year with average highs in the mid-80s and lows in the upper 50s. Weather begins to cool slightly in August with increasing monsoonal moisture and showers. January is the coldest month with average lows being in the mid 20s and highs in the mid 40s. Average snowfall on the Kolob Plateau is 144”.

Sporting Features
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Trophy Hunting

The recreational aspects of this ranch cannot be overstated. The quality of trophy elk and mule deer on this ranch is astounding. In addition to being blessed with extraordinary genetics, elk and deer on this property benefit from limited hunting pressure, zero public hunting, and sound habitat management. Simply, they are unthreatened, unmolested, and content, and the results are impressive. In 2019 there was a 405” bull harvested during the archery season. Over the past few years, many bulls have been photographed and documented on the ranch that would score 380” plus.

In addition to the elk, the quality of mule deer on and around the ranch is unsurpassed. Over the past several years, many bucks that have been documented on the ranch during summer and fall months and have been harvested by hunters holding the Utah Governor’s tags once they migrate to lower grounds during winter months. These bucks have scored anywhere from 200”+ typical to 240”+ non-typical. While availability of hunting licenses can be problematic in many of the “trophy” areas of Utah and throughout the west, the Kolob Mountain Ranch is located in an Over the Counter, or General elk area and the ranch qualifies for two Zion Unit landowner deer tags. Other species of wildlife inhabiting the ranch are black bear, mountain lion, grouse, and turkey, along with many species of songbirds, raptors and other small mammals.

While availability of hunting licenses can be problematic in many of the “trophy” areas of Utah and throughout the west, the Kolob Mountain Ranch is located in an Over the Counter, or General elk area and the ranch qualifies for two Zion Unit landowner deer tags. Other species of wildlife inhabiting the ranch are black bear, mountain lion, grouse, and turkey, along with many species of songbirds, raptors and other small mammals.

Kolob Reservoir Fishing

While fishing and boating are generally not associated with this area, a significant stretch of common boundary along the shores of the 250-acre Kolob Reservoir offers quality opportunities for canoeing, kayaking and fishing. Species available include Colorado River and Bear River Cutthroats, Rainbow and Brook trout. Fish are fast growing here with large numbers of naturally occurring crayfish in the lake. Fishing can be tremendous particularly in spring and fall months when fish move into shallower waters.

Canyoneering & Recreation

Southern Utah and Zion National Park in particular are considered a mecca throughout the outdoor world and offer a myriad of canyoneering opportunities. Canyoneering includes route finding, hiking, rappelling down waterfalls and swimming in cold-water pools surrounded by brilliant red towering sandstone monoliths and cliffs. The Kolob Mountain Ranch allows for exclusive access into remote areas of Bear Trap Canyon and Chasm Lake, which many believe to be some of the most scenic areas of Zion National Park. In addition to the more secluded areas the ranch allows access to, the ever popular Subway trailhead is only a few miles from the ranch. With miles of trails and roads available on the ranch, hiking, mountain biking, and winter activities are available.

Winter Recreation

With 144 inches of snow, mild temperatures and plenty of sunshine, the property offers many winter recreation opportunities, including cross country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, ice climbing, ice fishing and more.

Ranch Attributes
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Ranch Operations

In addition to ongoing wildlife habitat improvement projects, which include forestry, water development, planting and maintaining food plots, the ranch is used for the recreational enjoyment of the owner, family, and friends.

Taxes

2019 Property taxes were $360.

Water Rights

There are no surface or “irrigation” rights associated with the property, but there are 13 adjudicated springs on the ranch providing ample water for wildlife.

Mineral Rights

All mineral rights owned will be conveyed to the buyer.

Aesthetic Value

The natural beauty of this property is evident. With unsurpassed scenic vistas, mature stands of aspens, timbered hillsides, mountain meadows, incomparable wildlife, endless outdoor recreational opportunities, and direct private access into one of the most scenic parks on the planet, this property has it all.

Conservation Value

Kolob Mountain Ranch is totally unencumbered, leaving a blank canvas for the next owner to add their mark and continue the tradition of exemplary stewardship. The ranch’s significant conservation values include its adjacency to Zion National Park and the Bear Trap Wilderness, extraordinary scenic vistas, geological diversity, and extreme privacy and solitude with close proximity to urban areas. Conservation Value is further underscored by the reality that the property could easily be developed and is indeed currently approved for 80 residential lots. This reality would enable an owner to generate extraordinary personal utility and material monetary value through protective measures, as there are currently no conservation easements in place.

 

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