Summer sun to go into winter home at Parowan Gap

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 30 2012 3:42 p.m. MDT

PAROWAN — Spectators will be able to watch the summer sun go into its winter home Saturday at the Parowan Gap, 12 miles northwest of Parowan and 19 miles north of Enoch.

While standing inside the Gap looking east, there is a rock outcropping on the south side that looks like a facial profile featuring a slight open mouth. This profile is respectfully known as the Overseer or Protector of American Indians. Shortly after sunrise, as the sun crosses the morning sky, it appears in the mouth of the Overseer.

The Overseer swallowing the sun is a signal to people that, "if they have not prepared for winter, they had better be moving south quickly, as winter will soon be here," said Nancy Dalton, interpretive volunteer and member of the Parowan Heritage Foundation, which co-sponsors a series of archeo-astronomy events at the Parowan Gap.

The informal interpretive program will start at 8 a.m., with the sun entering the mouth beginning about 8:23 a.m. and the process completed by 9 a.m.

Those attending the observation event are strongly encouraged to dress warmly, as it will be cold in the Gap, Dalton said. People are also reminded to use restroom facilities before visiting the Gap.

For additional information or directions, contact Dalton at 435-463-3735 or visit www.scenicsouthernutah.com.

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