7 Things You Didn’t Know about Parowan, Utah
Parowan isn’t one of the most-visited towns in Utah – but it should be! Named for a Native American word meaning “evil water,” Parowan is one of the oldest towns in the state and offers visitors a fun journey to the past on every corner. But it’s not all ancient history. Modern-day Parowan is an artistic gem that combines culture, outdoor adventure, and a vibrant population to make it a must-see stop on any Southern Utah vacation. If you’re considering a trip to the area, here’s 7 things you didn’t know about Parowan, Utah!
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Parowan was Southern Utah’s first pioneer settlement
If you’re looking for some Southern Utah history, Parowan is where it all began. Parowan was settled on January 13, 1851, by Apostle George A. Smith. Because of its rich heritage, Parowan is often called the “Mother Town of the Southwest.”
Parowan is known for its rich history
Parowan’s call-to-fame has long been its rich LDS and Native American history. The town is known for having a variety of historical attractions including Heritage Park, the original town chair with the Old Rock Church, the Third/Fourth Ward LDS chapel from 1915, and more. In fact, many of the homes and businesses that line the streets of downtown Parowan are the original settlement buildings!
And we mean history – ancient history
When Parowan says history, they mean real history. Parowan Gap, a sacred Native American site and must-see rock formation in the area, includes a large collection of ancient petroglyphs that archeologists believe are over a thousand years old. The formation also includes intact dinosaur tracks nearby.
Parowan is home to the World’s Greatest Cinnamon Rolls
At least if you ask those that live there. And, they’re proving it by launching the area’s first “Sweet Tour!” Twenty-five local businesses are serving up the town’s famous cinnamon rolls – some traditional, some with a unique Utah twist.
Parowan’s residents have an affinity for theater and the arts
Singing and dancing were important pastimes for the pioneers – and that passion remains a staple in today’s local community. The community theater hosts a variety of musicals, plays, programs, and other performance arts throughout the year.
Parowan hosts a variety of annual events and festivals
The Iron County Fair, the Utah Southern Games, and Autumn Fest are just a few of Parowan’s annual events. There’s also an annual summer solstice observation program at Parowan Gap, and the city celebrates its birthday each year with a fun community fair.
Parowan is known as a gateway town
Parowan is affectionately known as Southern Utah’s “gateway town” thanks to its convenient central location. As part of Utah’s Patchwork Parkway, it leads directly into Brian Head Ski Resort, Cedar Breaks National Monument, Zion National Park, and more!
Whether you’ve seen Parowan or have never heard of it before today, there’s something new to see and experience on every trip to this amazing historic town. And while you’re taking a blast to the past, be sure to stay in a rental that’s comfortable today! Our Parowan Escape home is right in the heart of the city and offers your group a modern game room and plenty of space to stretch out.