Spring Equinox sunset observation at Parowan Gap

The Parowan Gap at sunset. | Photo courtesy of the Parowan Heritage Foundation

PAROWAN – An interpretive tour of Parowan Gap followed by watching the sun set from the Equinox carins will be held Saturday, March 24th beginning at 6 p.m.

“Even though it’s a few days after the official Spring Equinox, people can still watch the sun set down the center of the Gap opening,” said Nancy Dalton, interpretive guide and secretary for the Parowan Heritage Foundation which hosts the event.

The evening event will start with a guided interpretive walk through the narrow Gap opening, which will include how the Gap was formed and interpretation of several solar and lunar calendar petroglyphs.  The group will then drive four-tenths of a mile to the trail to the Equinox carins (a rock pile monument) at 7 p.m. From there the group will hike two-tenths of mile up to the Equinox carins.

“Again, the sun sets down the middle of the Gap, but being at a different angle than the Summer Solstice, the Gap opening is smaller,” Dalton said.

Those attending the event are encouraged to wear hiking shoes and dress warm, in case the wind is blowing.

“In the spring, the cold winds blowing through the Gap can cut right through you,” Dalton added.

For more information including driving directions, contact Dalton at 435-463-3735.

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