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Parrish Creek Pictographs and Waterfalls

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The Parrish Creek Pictographs Trail leads to Native American drawings and several small waterfalls on the east side of Centerville, Utah.

The trail begins at the Parrish Creek Trailhead. Start at the northwest corner of the parking lot.

Head up the hill along the trail, but very soon you get to the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. You will want to turn left here instead of continuing along the Parrish Creek Trail.

This junction is very soon after the start of the trail. Continue along the Bonneville Shoreline Trail heading north.

The trail begins to curve around into the canyon.

The trail descends a bit and soon you will see a red bridge. The view from the bridge is nice, looking over the water.

On the far side of the bridge, the main path heads left, but you need to follow the narrower path east up the canyon.

Here is the first little waterfall.

The trail follows very closely to the creek and is a bit uneven. This would be tricky with young children. Some of the rocks are interesting to see and the creek is beautiful.

Soon you come to another little waterfall.

You have to climb up the rocks right next to the little waterfall. The rocks can get wet and in the spring you are likely to get wet.

As you climb up, look up to your left at the rocks here and you’ll see the Parrish Creek Pictographs. That stick on the lower left is a sign that says, “Please don’t erase the traces of America’s Past.” The pictographs are under the overhang on the upper right.

Here is a closeup of the details.

Stats: Distance – 1.1 miles
Approximate hiking time – 1-2 hours
Elevation gain – 0-347 feet
Difficulty – Moderate
Trail – well maintained trail of dirt and rocks
Bathrooms – No
Seasons to hike – March – November (cannot be hiked when there is heavy flow in the streams in spring)
Permits needed – None
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Other trails nearby are the Farmington Creek Waterfall and Car Graveyard, Farmington Bay, and the Adam’s Canyon Waterfall.

If you want to see petroglyphs, there are some in Eagle Mountain, Moab, and a few in St. George and Santa Clara.


We have so much beauty in Utah to explore! I love hiking and photography and can help you find your next favorite hike! All photos were taken by me!

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