Once complete, the project will reduce recreation-caused degradation to cultural and paleontological resources and threatened and endangered species habitat. The project will also improve visitor experience by locating several new public-parking areas away from cultural resources; installing a convenient vehicle turnaround; constructing a non-motorized visitor trail, shade structure and restroom facility; and stabilizing areas to help prevent rockslides.
The Parowan Gap is a small canyon located 12 miles north of Cedar City, Utah, that provides a wide variety of recreational activities, including hiking, geocaching and rock climbing. The canyon also contains unique cultural, paleontological and wildlife resources.
“Striking a balance between recreation use and resource protection is a BLM priority and is the driving force behind the Parowan Gap Visitor Site Improvement project,” said Dave Jacobson, BLM-Utah recreation planner. “The project will help us provide a top notch visitor experience while also providing for resource protection,” he added.