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Fall Equinox Observation at Parowan Gap
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Attendees experience the Spring Equinox.
Photo by Cody Smith
Attendees experience the Spring Equinox. Photo by Cody Smith
PAROWAN--The public is invited to observe the Fall Equinox sunset including a walking tour at the Parowan Gap Saturday, Sept. 17.

Beginning at 6 p.m., an interpretive tour of the Parowan Gap will discuss how the Gap was formed, what civilizations used the Gap and inscribed their petroglyphic messages upon its rock faces, and a scientific interpretation of the “Zipper Glyph.”

At 7 p.m., the group will walk about a half-mile to the Equinox carin (rock monument) to watch the sun set down the middle of the Gap.

“Because the Equinox carin is further north of the Summer Solstice carin, the angle of the Gap opening and sun set will be different than the Summer Solstice sunset, but none the less spectacular to observe,” said Nancy Dalton, tour guide and member of the Parowan Heritage Foundation, in a release to Iron County Today.

As this is an informal event, those attending should bring a warm jacket or coat, as the wind blowing through the Gap may be chilly for this time of year. Also, wear good walking/hiking shoes and bring drinking water.

Driving directions to the Parowan Gap: Coming from the north (Parowan north), take exit 78 at Parowan and head south into Parowan. At 400 North, turn right (west) and follow the road through town, under the freeway and stay on the main road which will wind through the farm fields and past the Little Salt Lake (about 13 miles). Travel through the mountain pass and at the west end, you will find the turn out for the Parowan Gap petroglyph site.

Coming from the south (Cedar City south), take the north Cedar City/Enoch/Minersville highway exit and head north for about 19.2 miles and turn right (east) at the Parowan/Parowan Gap road sign and travel about 2 miles to the mountain opening. Drive through the short opening to find the turn out on your left.

This event is co-sponsored by the Parowan Heritage Foundation and Cedar City – Brian Head Tourism. For more information, contact Dalton at 435.463.3735.

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