Koosharem, Utah

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Koosharem, Utah
Welcome sign in Koosharem, September 2007
Welcome sign in Koosharem, September 2007
Location in Sevier County and the state of Utah.
Location in Sevier County and the state of Utah.
Coordinates: 38°30′39″N 111°52′57″W / 38.51083°N 111.88250°W / 38.51083; -111.88250Coordinates: 38°30′39″N 111°52′57″W / 38.51083°N 111.88250°W / 38.51083; -111.88250
Country United States
State Utah
County Sevier
Settled 1877
Named for Native American word for the valley named after the deep red clover indigenous to the area.
 • Total 0.6 sq mi (1.4 km2)
 • Land 0.6 sq mi (1.4 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 6,919 ft (2,109 m)
Population (2012)
 • Total 327
 • Estimate (2008) 400
 • Density 497.1/sq mi (191.9/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 84744
Area code(s) 435
FIPS code 49-41680[1]
GNIS feature ID 1442357[2]

Koosharem is a town in Sevier County, Utah, United States. Koosharem is also known as "Grass Valley". It generally comprises the area known as Burrville, Utah on the north, south through the valley and through the town of Koosharem and down to the south end with the town of Greenwich, Utah. The valley is made up of private lands nestled within the Fishlake National Forest. Koosharem is situated at the cross-roads for travelers going between Capitol Reef National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park and/or Zion's National Park. Koosharem is also the closest town to the famous Fish Lake. The town also serves as an important point along the many trails of the Piute ATV Trail System.

Koosharem's only store, the historic Grass Valley Mercantile, shares this secondary naming reference.

The name of the town Koosharem originates from the Native Americans indigenous to the area, the Piute Indians and their term for the valley named for the deep red clover that grows in the lush meadows of the Koosharem Valley,.[3] The population was 276 at the 2000 census.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.5 km²), all of it land. A 2008 annexation increased the population to an official estimate of 400.[4]

Koosharem has one church, one cemetery, one baseball diamond, one new huge fire house, one dairy, one motel, two restaurants, one store (post office located inside that store) and lots of wind and gorgeous sunsets, a half dozen center pivots, lots of sprinkler pipe, lots of wildlife and livestock.

Koosharem is rural and isolated but relatively centrally located. The table shows driving miles from the center of Koosharem to the following:

Destination Road Miles
Bryce Canyon National Park 70
Fish Lake, Sevier County 15
Zion National Park 133
Richfield, Utah 29
Sigurd, Utah 28
Salt Lake City, Utah (Airport) 185
Las Vegas, Nevada (Airport) 292
Moab, Utah 195
Grand Junction, Colorado 244

Koosharem and the Grass Valley include habitat for threatened and endangered species. These species include the Greater Sage Grouse,[5] the Utah Prairie Dog, Pygmy Rabbit,[6][7] bald eagles, golden eagles, western toad, ferruginous hawk,


The economy of Koosharem is primarily agriculture based. Koosharem does have other economic contributors including the Sorenson's Ranch School for troubled youth, ATV rentals, and tourism from the national parks, hunting and guiding, national forest (Fishlake National Forest) visitors, Paiute ATV Trail riders, and sight seers.

Koosharem's reputation as world class wildlife destination got bolstered in 2008 when the world record "Spider Bull" Elk was taken on the mountains just west of Koosharem.[8]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 232
1900 400 72.4%
1910 287 −28.2%
1920 373 30.0%
1930 319 −14.5%
1940 375 17.6%
1950 300 −20.0%
1960 148 −50.7%
1970 141 −4.7%
1980 183 29.8%
1990 266 45.4%
2000 276 3.8%
2010 327 18.5%
Est. 2016 331 [9] 1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]

As of the census[1] of 2010, there were 327 people residing in Koosharem, an 18.48% increase from 2000. In the 2000 census, there were 276 people, 88 households, and 79 families residing in the town. The population density was 497.1 people per square mile (190.3/km²). There were 133 housing units at an average density of 239.5 per square mile (91.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.93% White, 1.45% Native American, 1.09% Asian, 0.36% Pacific Islander, 1.81% from other races, and 0.36% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.71% of the population.

There were 88 households out of which 46.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 80.7% were married couples living together, 6.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 9.1% were non-families. 9.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.14 and the average family size was 3.30.

In the town, the population was spread out with 35.1% under the age of 18, 10.1% from 18 to 24, 22.1% from 25 to 44, 21.0% from 45 to 64, and 11.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 98.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $34,583, and the median income for a family was $40,625. Males had a median income of $32,500 versus $18,929 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,481. About 5.3% of families and 8.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.0% of those under the age of 18 and none of those 65 or over.


Koosharem is located in the Sevier School District and has one elementary school.

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  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 11 September 2013. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ Van Cott, John W. (1990). Utah Place Names. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press. p. 216. ISBN 0-87480-345-4. 
  4. ^ "GOPB DEA Sub County Estimates". Governor's Office of Planning and Budget – State of Utah. 2008. Archived from the original on 1 September 2009. Retrieved 19 October 2009. 
  5. ^ http://utahcbcp.org/files/uploads/parm/PARMfnl-10-06-web.pdf
  6. ^ http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4927&context=etd
  7. ^ http://www.cspinet.org/new/pdf/pygmy_rabbit_listing_petition_2003.doc
  8. ^ http://archive.thespectrum.com/article/20090403/LIFESTYLE05/904030329/World-record-elk-can-still-bagged-Utah
  9. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on 12 May 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 

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