Parowan Gap

DSC_0457 Summary:  Another excellent Petroglyph site found in a wind gap west of Parowan, Utah.

Directions:  Follow 400 North west through Parowan.  400 North becomes Gap Road as you go west beyond I-15.  Parowan Gap is about 8 miles from I-15.  You can’t miss the Gap due to good signage and improvements that were made in recent years.  There is a parking area with a restroom and picnic table on the Parowan side of the gap.  You can also approach Parowan Gap from State Road 130 (Minersville Highway) from the North or South.  From Cedar City follow Main St. into Enoch and then onto State Road 130.  The drive is just short of 13 miles to 12800 North (Gap Road) where you will make a right and drive for a little over 4 miles to the Gap.

Links:  BLM Information, Information (with map), Nal’s Parowan Gap Page (solar and lunar mapping information).

Another great petroglyph site that provides easy access to seeing a wide variety of images.  The BLM recently made some excellent improvements to the site, providing paths on both sides of the gap to walk along and view the petroglyphs.  There are restrooms and picnic tables available, so pack a lunch and enjoy!

Nal’s Parowan Gap Page provides some interesting information regarding the solar and lunar calendaring aspects of the Zipper glyph.  From that website:

“When the first Mormon Pioneers came there in 1849, Chief Wakara, a widely revered and greatly respected Paiute tribal leader, told them that Parowan Gap was “God’s Own House.” Recent research and observation is making both the scientist and casual visitor take this statement very seriously. There are solar and lunar events that happen there which were created by no human intervention. Phenomena occur which create a natural calendric structuring of the year’s times and seasons with a kind of “Primal Logic of Nature”. The pre-Columbian Fremont Peoples of the Parowan Valley noticed these yearly events and recorded them by date number and in many symbolic petroglyphic inscriptions.”

It is believed that the glyphs present at Parowan Gap were left by the Fremont, possibly even earlier groups as well as ancestors of the Southern Paiute.  I recommend giving yourself some time to look at the many images to do them justice.  There is some good information provided on site as well to help you understand what some of the petroglyphs may mean/represent.

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