What to do and see in Parowan, United States: The Best Places and Tips

December 12, 2017 Malia Yoakum

Parowan (/ˈpærəwɑːn/ PARR-ə-wahn) is a city in and the county seat of Iron County, Utah, United States. The population was 2,790 at the 2010 census, and in 2016 the estimated population was 2,986.
Restaurants in Parowan

1. Parowan Gap Petroglyphs

Parowan Gap Road, Off of I-15, Parowan, UT
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4.5 based on 116 reviews

Parowan Gap Petroglyphs

Reviewed By Mindy and Roger A - Janesville, Wisconsin

Very detailed and easy to access Petroglyphs. To access the Petroglyphs travel approximately 15 miles north of Cedar City on Hwy 130, turn right on the Black Top road and go about 2.5 miles to the vertical gap in the ridge. The Petroglyphs are on both sides of the road at the gap.

Most of the Petroglyphs are on the lower portion of the walls & on broken off sections of rock. There is also a small cave on the south wall where the Shaman's lived and who probably did the inscriptions. If you look high up on the south wall you may be able to see an Owl nest. Also on the north wall high up, there is a large Eagle nest. both nests are on the far side away from the parking lot.

There are several placards with information & explanations for the Petroglyphs. There is also a pit toilet at the parking lot. Continue on this road toward Parowan to the location of Dinosaur Tracks then further on to Little Salt Lake.

These are excellent Petroglyphs. We have looked at Petroglyphs at several areas in Utah and judge these to be among the best!

2. Winter Hawk Trail Rides

Parowan Canyon, Parowan, UT 84761 +1 435-592-1652
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Winter Hawk Trail Rides

Reviewed By Lisa P

I am so grateful that I participated in this. I loved helping graze the horses and brushing them down. I was willing to do whatever was helpful to Mike and Jamie. It was an amazing experience and I'm still talking about those tacos, mmmmmm ;-) I'm a tough critic, but they nailed it. If you are in the fence, go, you won't regret it!

3. Dinosaur Footprint Parowan Gap

gap Rd, Parowan, UT
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Dinosaur Footprint Parowan Gap

Reviewed By wacotom - Leander, Texas

We stopped to view the dinosaur prints but ended up spending a couple hours climbing up into the rock wall above the prints. Made for a nice morning of climbing and apparently actual rock climbers have climbed the face of these rocks from the looks of the leftover climbing attachments pounded into the rock face. Watch out there is a lot of loose rock so you need to do some scrambling to get up there and on the way down we found it best to slide down in certain parts.
There were three prints marked, my wife thought they looked faked but I think it was a nice collection. So unhappy nasty people have to try to ruin them wish they would just stay home and let us who love to visit these attractions enjoy them.

4. Parowan Cemetery

Center Street, Parowan, UT 84761 +1 435-477-3331
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4.5 based on 7 reviews

Parowan Cemetery

Reviewed By ruup4adventure2 - SLC

Yes, it's odd, but this cemetery really is a key attraction in Parowan. There are several interesting headstones documenting the lives of pioneers, some of which came across the plains with Brigham Young. LDS and/or Utah history buffs should find this beautiful cemetery worth their a visit.

5. Parowan Old Rock Church Museum

90 South Main Street, Parowan, UT +1 435-477-1281
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Parowan Old Rock Church Museum

Reviewed By Fatbird1 - Santa Ana, California

The Parowan Meetinghouse, sometimes referred to as the Parowan Tabernacle or the Parowan Old Rock Church is a historic meetinghouse of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) built in Parowan, Utah between 1861-1870. Now the building is used as an historical museum, but really is not organized. It has many old things to see which were used by the original settlers of the community, and many many photographs, but the main interest for us was to see how the building was built, and how it looked inside. There is a short video to see, and the folks running the place were wonderfully friendly and helpful.

6. Mount Messiaen

Rt 143, Parowan, UT 84761
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Mount Messiaen

Reviewed By Joe H - Madison, Wisconsin

Mount Messiaen is an awesome tribute to an incredible composer! In 1972, French composer Olivier Messiaen visited Utah. Inspired by Utah's landscapes and birdsongs, Messiaen composed the massive orchestral work "Des canyons aux étoiles." The state of Utah honored Messiaen by naming a mountain after him.

The turnout to Mount Messiaen is a few miles south of Parowan, Utah, on SR-143, at mile-marker 11, on the east side of the road. There is no sign at the turnout, but there is a small plaque a short walk from the paved road. To find the plaque, park at the turnout, and walk along the dirt road. The first curve in the dirt road is to the right. In the crook of the curve, about ten feet from the dirt road, are three vertical slices of red sandstone. The slices of red sandstone are not naturally occurring, but were "planted" by the workers who installed the plaque. The grayish plaque is embedded into the vertical face of one of the slices of red sandstone. Facing the plaque, you can look up and observe Mount Messiaen. Since no one maintains the plaque, trees and bushes grow up around it, making it very difficult to locate.

After visiting the plaque, you should walk a couple minutes further, and explore the other-wordly landscape of white sandstone beneath Mount Messiaen. If you don't make this short hike, you miss the best part!

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