We had one goal: visit the Parowan Gap Petroglyphs. Along the way to our destination, we found three other things to see, completely unplanned and unknown to myself.
Little Salt Lake
We were on our way to Parowan Gap Petroglyphs, when my Father in Law told me that Southern Utah has some Salt Flats. I was kind of baffled.
I mean, I know Utah used to be a huge lake, but no one ever talks about Salt Flats in Southern Utah.
Come to find out, these Salt Flats are called Little Salt Lake.
Apparently, someone owns Little Salt Lake, because it's on private property, but we just went off the main road so we take a quick picture and chuckle at the funny sign.
Dinosaur Track Trail
As we continued our drive, we saw a sign that said "Dinosaur Tracks."
So we decided to make another quick stop and do some exploring.
I wasn't able to find out how long the trail was. I think it was more of a interpretive trail.
We walked around the trails for about 20 minutes and found all sorts of dino tracks! All the dinosaur tracks were marked by a metal post. Sometimes, it was really hard to see what "track" we were looking at. I still thought it was pretty cool.
Parowan Gap Petroglyphs
Finally, the main attraction!
I'd actually been to these Petroglyphs years before during college. They've done a lot of work to the Petroglyph site. Now there are fences, bathrooms and new plaques.
Anyone know the difference between Pictographs and Petroglyphs?
We took our time walking around and checking out all the different Petroglyphs.
Anyone recognize this one? It's a pretty popular Utah Brand. (right above)
Some of the path was sidewalk, but on the south side it was more of a dirt trail. Little Orion (2) walked it all by himself.
Orion could even point out some of the pictures.
It made for a fun little trip. We probably spent around 20 minutes walking around.
I have a thing for rocks. I can spot cool rocks out anywhere my friends. I have a "small" rock collection and always pick up a few rocks on any occasion. I'm glad to say my kids notice rocks too.
On our way home I watched this giant rock wall go on for miles...I had to get out and take some photos.
I actually tried to find some information on the rock wall, but couldn't find any online. It's pretty barren out there...the land is mainly fields, so it makes me wonder who brought in ALL the rocks. It would have taken A LONG TIME.
My father in law told me that his parents told him that once there was a ranch and the owner hired the Native Americans to build the wall to keep in the cattle.
My mother in law told me that her parents said it was made by the Mormon Pioneers.
I couldn't confirm either story, so if you know any local legend let me know! I'd love to find out more.
All in all, this little trip just took over 2 hours. If you are staying anywhere near Cedar City, it's a fun things to check out your bucket list!
If you visit, please #thesaltproject on your photos so we can see! Or if you know any other fun things to check out, let us know!
Here's another Petroglyph site we visited in Monticello!
You don't have to follow our trail exactly, this is just the way we decided to go.
- Bathrooms at Petroglyph Site. (I think)