The Parowan Gap Petroglyphs are a wonderful collection of petroglyphs that can be seen without a hike. This is only a small detour off I-15, so it’s a great stop to stretch your legs and appreciate this history on your drive through Utah, just north of Cedar City.
From the north take I-15 exit 75 200 S and turn right onto 2200 W. Turn left onto Gap Road.
From the south you can take I-15 N exit 62 and then turn left onto UT-130 Minersville Highway. Turn Right onto Gap Road.
Parowan Gap Site
The Parowan Gap site has restrooms, benches and nice panels explaining the history and people who have lived here.
Most of the petroglyphs in the Parowan Gap are thought to be from the Fremont Indians, who are closely related to the modern day Piute and Hopi tribes.
The Parowan Gap Petroglyphs one of the largest collections of petroglyphs in the western United States and are also easily accessible.
If you follow the trail around the corner into the “Gap” along the road, you see more petroglyphs.
In the late 1800s the Mormon Pioneers created settlements in the area. That description is on the opposite side of the road.
Here are a few more photos of the Parowan Gap Petroglyphs.
Distance – 0.1 mile roundtrip
Approximate hiking time – 10-30 minutes
Elevation gain – 1 f00t
Difficulty – Easy
Trail – paved
Bathrooms – Yes
Seasons to hike – Year round
Permits needed – None
Pets allowed – Yes
Other trails nearby are Hidden Haven Waterfall, Kanarra Falls, and Timber Creek Overlook.
Other petroglyphs can be found at Anasazi Valley Petroglyphs, Snow Canyon Petroglyphs, Potash Road Petroglyphs, Eagle Mountain Petroglyphs, and pictographs can be found at the Parrish Creek Pictographs.