Parowan is the county seat of Iron County. Its history can be traced back to 750 A.D. Petroglyphs, pottery, and arrowheads of the Fremont and Anasazi people have been found in the area. After it was settled in 1851 as one of the first cities in southern Utah, many of its original inhabitants went on to start communities in Nevada, Arizona, and Colorado. This earned Parowan the nickname of “Mother Town.” Today, this rural community honors its rich pioneer heritage. A tree lined Main Street, absence of traffic lights, and numerous historic buildings add to the homespun feel.
Next time your dog needs a walk, clip on their leash and pay a visit to Lions Park. This furrific open space has an expansive grass area that your pooch will go mutts over! Wander around so your pup’s sniffer can track all the new smells. Take a couple laps around the lawn to get your pup’s heart rate going. The community swimming pool is on the north end of the park. You’ll also find a couple playgrounds and a picnic pavilion.
Not only is this town full of friendly faces, it also takes
canine health seriously. Your pup will rest easy knowing local care is
available. No wonder dogs love Parowan!
Does your hound love to hike? Then lace up your boots, pack some water and snacks, and head over to the Valentine Peak Trail. Don’t be fooled by the trail’s sweet name, it packs quite a punch! Gaining 2,000 feet in elevation in 3.5 miles, this trail will definitely give your doggo a leg workout. But once at the top, your pal will feel like a champion! Plus, you’ll enjoy sweeping views of Parowan Valley, the Tushar Mountains, and Brian Head Peak. While on the summit, add your pup’s name to the sign in box, snap a furrific photo, and take a seat on the bench to soak in the scenery.
Does your pup want to see something cool? Then head over to Parowan Gap Petroglyph Trail. Years and years ago, a river carved out a “gap” in the Red Hills and revealed Native American sandstone carvings. Linked to the Fremont, Hopi, and Paiute, the symbols date back hundreds, if not thousands, of years. A half mile trail gets you and your four legged explorer up close to the pawsome etchings of geometric shapes, lizards, human figures, and bear claws. Archeologists have debated the meaning behind the petroglyphs; maybe your pup will have some insight. Be sure to snap a photo of the rock art, just refrain from touching it.
If you and your canine companion need a place to stay while in Parowan, make a reservation at Mountain View Lodge. This pawsome hotel welcomes furry guests for no additional fee. Before turning in for the night, take your pup for a stroll through Parowan Heritage Park. If your pooch is a fan of history, then this park will make their tail wag. In 1850, Parley P. Pratt camped here while exploring the area for potential pioneer settlements. Check out the monuments, statues, and interpretive plaques to learn more about the area’s past. Once your pooch is an expert on the matter, walk around the paved walking path so they can get some exercise.
If your doggo is craving an adventure, head over to Hidden Haven Falls. The trailhead is 10 minutes from downtown Parowan, so this is a great option if your pooch doesn’t like long car rides. Let your pup be the guide as you follow the trail through groves of fragrant trees and shrubs. There are a couple of stream crossings, but rocks and bridges help keep your shoes dry. After .75 mile you’ll come to the waterfall. The flow depends on the amount of rainfall during the year. Even if the waterfall is no more than a small trickle, the hike still provides your pal with some puptacular red rock scenery.