About 40 minutes north of us on I 15 is the little town of Parowan. They not only have the oldest rock church in southern Utah, but they have dinosaur tracks and petroglyphs. Sounds a lot like a tourist trap, but we decided to go anyway, they are very dog friendly so day trip for Nellie. The dinosaur tracks were less than overwhelming, but Nellie loved running and rock climbing. Our real question is, if they found a couple of these in all of these rocks, how!!! Did someone look over each and every one of these rocks, and if so did they just pick out random spots in the rocks that kind of look like foot prints?? Or is there real science.
The petroglyphs on the other hand were very impressive. You may have seen the ones we posted from Joshua Tree, well these are 10,000 times better and so many. They are all between a small cap in the mountains. See gap below.
This particular petroglyph they call the zipper, and it is believed to be either a map of an excursion for hunting and vegetative land or they are astrological in nature and show times of the year, solstices’ and where the planets, sun, moon appear in the gap in the mountains. A kind of solar/lunar calendar. Either way I say they are pretty cool
Here are some other pics of the petroglyphs, you see animals, people, geometric shapes and other objects. No one really knows the meanings, but there are several interpretations.
Also, graffiti is nothing new see where these were defaced in the 1880s.
To fill out the day we drove up National Scenic Hwy 143 thru Brian Head (ski resort) and back around Mammoth Creek Road to Scenic Hwy 14 summit at over 11,000 ft. Beautiful drive, although I never saw a Mammoth or a large creek on that part. This was all in Dixie National Forest which is scattered all around the area. Although there was snow all around and pretty deep, it was not very cold. Beautiful area, if not so much snow we may have explored more.
Peace and love!