Parowan Gap Petroglyphs Trail

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Parowan, Utah

Parowan Gap Petroglyphs Trail is a 0.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Parowan, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 0.4 miles Elevation Gain: 19 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

paved

wild flowers

wildlife

historic site

The petroglyphs here are thought to be the work of several cultural groups and represent a long period of use by Native cultures. What these designs mean is still unknown. Archaeologists debate that they represent concepts, ideas or actual happenings. Perhaps they were part of a religious activity or hunting ritual. The local Native Americans consider them to be an important part of their cultural history relating stories of their ancestor's lifeways. New dating techniques are being developed that will allow petroglyphs to be placed in time. While the precise age of these petroglyphs is unknown, the agriculturally based Sevier-Fremont lived in the area over a thousand years ago. There is little doubt that some of the designs were made by this group, or perhaps even the earlier nomadic Archaic peoples. Researchers believe that the semi-nomadic ancestors of the present day Southern Paiute also created some of these figures. The Parowan Gap Petroglyphs are listed on the National Register of Historic Places signifying its importance as a cultural treasure. When sites are damaged in any way, much of what they can tell us is lost forever. Please tread lightly, causing as little disturbance as possible. Rock art should be photographed or sketched but not touched in any way. Fingers and palms leave oils that speed deterioration. Chalking the figures will eliminate the chance to use new dating techniques in the future.

1 month ago

This short walk was amazing and full of history! My whole family had a great time. Very hot, so bring water!

hiking
snow
5 months ago

Really pretty spot to take a quick stop at! Make sure to also go see the dinosaur tracks that are five minutes away. Not a hike, as others mentioned, but a fun little walk with interesting sights. Saw kids and dogs with their families, too.

hiking
8 months ago

At first we thought we were lost. There are no signs along the way. Trip was well worth the drive. Very interesting.

hiking
10 months ago

Not really a trail. Just a road that features a bunch of really cool petroglyphs on either side of it. Recommended if you're in the area

hiking
10 months ago

It's pretty cool. Was something neat to see on the way to Salt Lake from Vegas and stretch my legs. peaceful today so really nice.

hiking
bugs
no shade
10 months ago

walking
11 months ago

Great place to have a picnic, see the gap, and maybe learn a little something about native tribes. There are good informational plaques that accompany the petroglyphs. If you’re going to travel out to the gap I also recommend visiting the dinosaur tracks just a short drive away. They’re cool to see and neither site will take you more than 30-45 minutes to view. Definitely do both!

hiking
11 months ago

Best if paired with the Dinosaur Tracks trail a few miles north. Windy.

scenic driving
Sun May 26 2019

Out of the way a bit, but very interesting!

hiking
Tue Apr 23 2019

The petroglyphs were amazing. Be sure to take your time and really search for them as they are tucked into the rocks everywhere. It is interesting to read about them and then imagine what the ancient ones were saying. Very easy and family friendly. Be careful though you are standing right next to the road.

walking
Wed Aug 01 2018

Super easy paved trail right off the road. I'm ridiculously out of shape and was able to make it easily. Waay cool petroglyphs too!

hiking
Tue Jun 26 2018

Great petroglyphs, large number, easy access.

Tue Feb 27 2018

They are so close to the road that you can stay in your car to see them. The petroglyphs are well preserved.

walking
Sat Aug 05 2017

Amazing petroglyphs! Very fast, I was only here 15 minutes with two kids under 4, but it was cool to see and learn! I'll have to come again when my kids are a little older

walking
Tue May 30 2017

I was amazed by the variety of the Petroglyphs in this area. Wonderful job of providing information about the site and along the trail about them. Great for all ages

hiking
17 days ago

recorded Parowan Gap Petroglyphs Trail

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