first settlement and county seat of Iron
County, Parowan City blends a rich historical past with present-day,
small-town hospitality. Set in a beautiful natural location, it serves
as a year-round gateway to Brian Head Resort and Cedar Breaks National
Monument. Its elevation is 5,970 feet; its population in 1990 was 1,873.
Fremont and Anasazi Indians were the first known
inhabitants of Parowan. Petroglyphs, pithouses, arrowheads, pottery,
and manos dating from A.D. 750 to 1250 found in the area are evidence
that it was on a major thoroughfare of early Native Americans. At Parowan
Gap, a natural mountain pass twelve miles northwest of Parowan, ancient
Indians inscribed petroglyphs on smooth-surfaced boulders that feature
snakes, lizards, mouse-men, bear claws, and mountain sheep. In addition,
the Old Spanish Trail also passed through the area.