Kolob Reservoir West Shore

Dept. Fish & Wildlife

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Kolob Terrace Road
Virgin, UT 84779
435-865-6100
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GPS: 37.4395, -113.0528

Last Price Paid: $0
Pad Type: dirt
Open Seasonally: Yes
Elevation: 8135 ft
Tent Camping: Yes

2 people have reviewed this location.

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3 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1
“A mixed feeling...”

Reviewed Oct 01, 2018

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It was a picturesque drive through the majestic canyons, cliffs, meadows, and the gently autumn kissed forests. We crossed a couple of local shops on a hill's slope and soon the reservoir appeared before us. It seemed like the water level was fairly low as there was a large expanse of land that felt like an extension of the lake.

There were some people camping right around the beach so we drove a bit further and found a wonderful spot for ourselves (around a 200 meters further down from the vault toilet). We drove through a dirt road that led us to the location we liked. The land was flat and pitching our tent easy though we had less tree cover (which was right next to this dirt road).

We reached in the afternoon when the sun was really very strong and cold winds blew across. As soon as we settled into our “home” - a scenic quiet spot we imagined to have found, several ATV's (OHV's) drove across in all directions with great speed. This continued till sunset. Between them, the large biker groups and trucks that passed us - there was a whole lot of noise and everything including us was dust laden in just a few hours. This wasnt the best considering we were dry camping and had plans to stay here for 2 more nights.

To our relief at sunset all settled down and the night was quiet and peaceful. We also heard a cat around our tent. We weren't sure what kind of wildcat it was, so just stayed tucked in! In the morning we spotted deer and I managed to see a few varieties of birds in the short span (previous evening and early morning). The area is great for birding as the website suggests. The flicker bird was gorgeous with its flashing western colors - a bright autumn orange-red. While the American robins and mountain bluebirds stayed busy with their hunts all across the soft soiled grassy expanse.

Unfortunately, at about 8:30 am the wild ATV's started darting about the place again. We decided to leave due to the noise and dust. Considering we had no option of bathing, and were looking for silent time, this place was not a good camping option. However, its probably great if you wish to fish or are looking for some biking or such recreational activity.

As we packed up and head out our tires also showed low pressure. Feel that this dirt road is also not very suited to low ground clearance vehicles that don't have a 4x4 drive. Ours was a Sedan.

If you don't mind the loud vehicle noise and dust (or are visiting at a time this is less frequent), its a pretty place that many artists would like to get on their canvas. The autumn hues along the lake were truly beautiful.

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This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com


4 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1

ChelsCamps would stay here again

“Beautiful Reservoir Site 1 Hour from Zion”

Reviewed Jul 30, 2018

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This site is perfect for visiting Zion National Park. It’s about an hour drive from the southern entrance, but it’s 20 degrees cooler at a higher elevation (a great option when we visited Zion in late July). It was a beautiful drive up on paved road. A dirt road goes all the way around the reservoir so you can scout out a site. Most vehicles can make it to the reservoir, but larger rigs might not be able to drive all the way around the lake. We had no problems in our Jeep Patriot. The water was low, so we stayed on the peninsula in the middle of the water. Restrooms located on each side of the reservoir. Because it is a lake, you can hear other visitors from the other side of the reservoir.

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This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com


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Hookups:
  • dry camping
  • Dispersed Camping
Recreation:
  • fishing
  • recreation trail
  • water access
Facilities:
  • restrooms: vault
Pets:
  • pets

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