Celebrate the fall equinox with sunset viewing, interpretive tour at Parowan Gap

The Solstice Sun setting in the Parowan Gap, taken from Solstice Rock on Solstice Mountain, date not given | Photo courtesy of Parowan Gap Preservation Society, St. George News / Cedar City News

PAROWAN — The public is invited to observe the fall equinox sunset at the Parowan Gap Saturday. A walking tour will precede the event.

The evening’s activities begin at 6 p.m. with an interpretive tour of the Parowan Gap that will discuss how the gap was formed, what civilizations used the gap by inscribing their petroglyphic message upon its rock faces and a scientific interpretation of the “Zipper Glyph.”

At 7 p.m., participants will walk approximately half a mile to the “equinox cairn” to watch the sun set down the middle of the Gap.

“Because the equinox cairn is further north of the summer solstice cairn, the angle of the Gap opening and sun set will be different than the summer solstice sunset, but none the less spectacular to observe,” Nancy Dalton, tour guide and member of the Parowan Heritage Foundation, said.

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. Attendees should also wear good walking or hiking shoes and bring drinking water.

The Parowan Gap is located about 13 miles northwest of Parowan, or 19 miles north of Enoch, on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The observation event is co-hosted by Parowan Heritage Foundation and Cedar City/Brian Head Tourism Bureau.

For more information, contact Nancy Dalton at (435) 463-3735.

Event details

  • What: Fall equinox observation
  • When: Saturday, Sept. 17, at 6 p.m.
  • Where:  The Parowan Gap, located 19 miles north of Enoch, Utah
  • Cost: Free to public
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