Parowan Gap Petroglyphs Trail

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Parowan Gap Petroglyphs Trail is a 0.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Parowan, Utah 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.

0.4 miles
19 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly



nature trips


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.

6 months ago

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

8 months ago

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

5 months ago