Explore the most popular hiking trails near Parowan with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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!

First off, This hike should be listed as closed. The gate is locked and the road has been washed out between the gate and trailhead. There was a path around the gate off the main road so we had to find a way to get across the steep creek bed. We relied on other reviews and thought it sounded decent enough but it was very average at best (more like 2 1/2 stars). We are advanced hikers....It is' correctly classified as "hard" or difficult because of the trail conditions on last half of the hike. Most of the trail is not well maintained. It is very dangerous on parts. It is slippery with loose gravel and dirt where there is a drop off so if you start sliding, you could fall. We made it to the top. My GPS said it was 2 1/2 miles RT from the road. It took us around 2 1/2 hours because it was very slow going down. The view from the top is nice and it was hard to spot the "Ark.". We thought it looked more like a tug boat- It is a rock formation off to the east. Its also very hot so bring lots of water. Also I'd much recommend a walking stick(s) No cell service in the area so proceed at your own risk. I'd skip this hike and head to the fee based hike Kanaraville Falls in the area.

Great petroglyphs, large number, easy access.

Sorry, found it unremarkable.

Our family loved this hike—wouldn’t consider it “Hard” at all.

backpacking
3 months ago

The road is closed 3 miles from the trailhead. Me and two buddies decided to hike in anyways, and it was tough. The road was washed out in several places pretty bad, hence the closure. We're in our early twenties and were dying just getting to the trailhead due to carrying stuff to camp for several days, which then got significantly worse once we reached the actual trail. The whole area has burned also. This made the trail extremely difficult to follow in places.By the lake there are a few spots that didn't burn, but 90% of the area has. We saw elk tracks and caught 3 brook trout in the lake, but that was about it as far as animals. We also woke up to a few inchea of snow, so we waited for it to melt and then hiked out a day earlier than planned. The whole place has a pretty creepy feeling due to the lack of insects or birds. I would give it a few years to grow back before doing it again. Just a heads up.

hiking
4 months ago

Just did this hike with my 12 year old and two dogs today. It was pretty steep in a few places so I would definitely rate this as hard. But we did the whole thing in about four and a half hours. We also noticed that some previous hikers had brought bowls and left water jugs for any dogs that need a drink. We added to the water jugs on it way back so if you head up here, bring a little extra and pay it forward!! Great hike, beautiful view from the top, going to do it again!

Easy enough of a walk to see it.

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

hiking
7 months ago

Difficult but if you’re persistent and looking for a challenge, the view at the end is definitely worth it. There’s a notebook to sign your name in at the end.

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail, 3.5 miles each way, the last 1/2 mile gets steep but the view from the top is worth it. Elevation gain close to 2000 ft.

Great short hike. Definitely moderate, not hard hike.

hiking
9 months ago

Definitely moderate/medium hike. Well worth the time. Peaceful & beautiful. At the top is an amazing view! Lots of slipping especially on way down.

Definitely wouldn't consider this hard. Just a few switchbacks right at the start then it's pretty level at the top. Great views in every direction pretty much the whole hike and it's short so why not?

on Valentine Peak Trail

hiking
9 months ago

do not listen to the people who say this is not a hard Trail, those people are likely doing triathlons and are a little cocky. If you are a beginner hiker, this hike is not for you. The rock is very loose and the hike is very steep, especially the last quarter of the hike. Coming down from the top can be very dangerous, but the trail is well marked. give yourself 4 to 6 hours for this hike and bring more water than you think you'll need.

walking
Saturday, August 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

hiking
Monday, July 24, 2017

This trail starts close to the highway if you're looking for a hike to break up the drive through Utah. It starts right next to the cemetery if you're looking for the trailhead. There's a big wooden entrance arch, too, but I don't think you can see it from the road because there's a shed.

hiking
Monday, July 24, 2017

We just tried to hike this trail but the road was closed with a notice saying there were unspecified hazardous conditions. I guess they might be worried about wildfire season? Regardless, we didn't see a specified end date on the notice and you can go hike the Valentine's Peak trail like we did if the Ark trail is closed. 7/24/17

fishing
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The hike up to the lake was rough, there's no sugar coating it. It's entirely uphill and extremely steep at places. Absolutely worth it once you reach the lake, though. We spent 3 days up there camping and fishing and not a single person came through.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

This is a great hike. I would say it's more moderate than hard however. It does get a little steep the last 1/4 mile but it just a little sweat for a great payoff. I loved the log books and journal at the top. The view is amazing with the light bouncing off the red rock. Amazing.

walking
Tuesday, 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

Easy walk through an area with dinosaur footprints. East footprint has a market nearby. Because I was looking for a depression in the rock I almost missed them. The footprints are raised out of the rock. Very interesting

hiking
Sunday, May 28, 2017

Some problems with the entry. It's in Parowan (not sure what Sagers is) and closer to
7 miles than 6. Go early before it gets too hot.

hiking
Saturday, May 06, 2017

Hiked it this morning. The trail is very well kept with benches and water for dogs along the way. Trail markings make it easy to stay on the trail. I tried to draw the trail, but it is not exact. The trail is a little more than 3.5 miles one way with an elevation gain of 2,000 feet. I loved the variety of terrain and different plant life along the way. There are some steep parts but they are for relatively short distances. Good mix of ups and downs then mostly ups in the later part of the trail. Fun hiker's log and thought notebook at the peak.

on Noah's Ark Trail

hiking
Saturday, March 11, 2017

the pictures do this hike zero justice. it's incredible, serene, soul lifting, beautiful and peaceful. if hiking alone, please bring something to protect yourself, I saw quite a bit of what looked like mountain lion tracks. this home is worth every breath and step. definitely a steep hike, but I'm not sure I would call this hard.. more like moderate IMO and I'm not a super star hiker either.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Beautiful hike. 1100 ft gain in 1.5 miles. Last 0.1 mile on loose rocks with narrow trail. Unsure footing. Hiking sticks recommended. Nice views of vermillion wall at the 1 mile mark.

on Noah's Ark Trail

hiking
Sunday, October 02, 2016

There on 10/1/16- beautiful, serene, peaceful.

hiking
Sunday, July 17, 2016

Not the biggest fan of switchbacks, however, this was a short but sweet trail with a beautiful view at the end.

hiking
Sunday, May 29, 2016

Trail is fairly steep and consists mostly of loose rocks and gravel on hard packed dirt. The trail is easy to follow and where it crosses hard rock there are cairns marking the trail.
The hike is short and there is no water on the trail. The road signs for getting there don't match Google Maps directions and you have to turn off of highway 143 at the sign for Five Mile Picnic Area and Yankee Meadow (brown sign white lettering).
The trail is mostly shady in early to late morning, but after that the only shade is from the occasional tree. At the end of the trail there are lots of small rock formations and a tiny arch.

My whole family enjoyed seeing the petroglyphs and the dinosaur tracks.

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