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Parowan Gap to host equinox event

Published: Wednesday, March 20 2013 12:51 p.m. MDT

PAROWAN — Several solar and lunar events are observed each year as rocks and shadows line up at the Parowan Gap. As spring draws near, the spring equinox will be observed with an interpreted guided tour of the ancient petroglyph site.

The tour, followed by watching the sun set from the Equinox Cairns, a rock pile monument, will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Parowan Gap, 12 miles northwest of Parowan.

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. At 7 p.m., the group will walk four-tenths of a mile along the paved road to the trail to the Equinox Cairns. From there, the group will hike two-tenths of mile up to the Equinox Cairns and watch the sun from a different angle.

For lodging and visitor information, visit www.ScenicSouthernUtah.com. The public interpretation event is hosted by the Parowan Heritage Foundation, Bureau of Land Management, Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah and Cedar City-Brian Head Tourism Bureau.

For more information, contact Nancy Dalton, interpretive guide and secretary for the Parowan Heritage Foundation, at 435-463-3735.

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