Over the past two years, the Cedar City District BLM has updated their management plan for Parowan Gap which included participation by community land users , Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah, local government agencies and the public, said Nancy Dalton, member of the Parowan Heritage Foundation, one the co-sponsors of the annual event.
One of the objectives of this plan was to develop a plan on how best to interpret the site and protect the natural resources. “Those participating in the planning process concurred that multi-use interpretation was needed, but they would like the development to be minimal so as to keep the natural appearance and beauty of the area intact,” said Dalton.
Dave Jacobson, Recreation Specialist for the BLM, will discuss the development plans including drawings of how the site will look after construction is completed this Fall.
Starting at 7:00 p.m. will be an activity where kids will find three petroglyphs at the Gap and then create their own petroglyph that depicts who they are.
The program will start at 7:30 p.m. with the BLM presentation, followed by Nal Morris discussing how the “Zipper Glyph” and other petroglyphs can be used as a calendar system.
The Parowan Gap, a natural passageway through the mountain pass, features hundreds of petroglyphs with various interpretations of how ancient cultures survived, their hunting and water sources, and their traditions. The Gap also holds a number of outcroppings that cast shadows at different times of the year, signaling a change in the season.
Solar Engineer Morris who has studied and researched petroglyphic writings throughout the mountain west including the Parowan Gap, will explain the solar interpretation of the most notable petroglyph, the “Zipper Glyph”.
At 8:30 p.m., the group will walk about one mile to the back summer solstice carin (a rock monument) to watch the sun set down the middle of the Gap onto the mountain horizon as depicted on the “Zipper Glyph.”
The activity and program are free. The public is encouraged to bring their own chairs and water to drink, as well as wear good walking shoes.
This annual program is co-sponsored by the Parowan Heritage Foundation, Cedar City-Brian Head Tourism Bureau and the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah. For more information, contact Dalton at 435.463.3735.