During a free guided tour of Cove Fort, you can travel back to the days when travel was by horseback and covered wagon, and discover what sort of accommodations a traveler could have expected, note you will also be somewhat educated on the Mormon history their beliefs and although this may make some individuals a bit uneasy worth the effort and a bit necessary to understand the history . A safe haven built in 1867, Cove Fort was constructed at the halfway point between Fillmore and Beaver, Utah. In the 1860s the 60-mile trip between these two towns required two days of travel. Cove Fort was the perfect place to stop for the night to find safety, shelter, fresh water, and plenty of feed for livestock.
Built primarily of volcanic rock and limestone from a nearby quarry, the perimeter walls of the fort are 100 feet square and 18 feet high. The fort’s 12 rooms, 6 on the north side and 6 on the south, have been restored to reflect the 1867 to 1877 period, complete with authentic period furnishings and artifacts. Free parking, picnic areas, and clean restroom facilities are all located on the property. Free guided tours begin every two minutes. Reservations are suggested for groups of 20 or more.
Because of the Black Hawk War, Hinckley built a fort to protect his family and others from the Indians.
The feared attack never came, but Cove Fort became a refuge anyway – for anyone journeying between St. George and Salt Lake.
The old way station has been restored to its original 1870 condition. Guides lead visitors through guest rooms filled with furnishings from the period, a telegraph station and pioneer post office. Stop by and experience the pioneer period for yourself.
HC 74 Box #6500
Cove Fort, Utah 84713
Call 1-435-438-5547 for more information.
April to October 8:00 a.m. to sunset
October to April 9:00 a.m. to sunset
Cove Fort Days
First Friday & Saturday in August
Admission is free.