Each year on the summer solstice, the sun aligns perfectly in the gap at Parowan Gap. People gather from all over to view and celebrate this unique area, even holding a free bbq and discussions about the history of the area and the petroglyphs found there.
We skipped all of that and waited for the crowds to be gone and went this weekend instead. Much better!
Bea and Gene joined us as we explored the petroglyphs. There is a special petroglyph called the Zipper, that is believe to be the only Native American petroglyph to tell a chronology of the people that lived here.
While walking, I walked straight towards a Great Basin Rattlesnake that was in the road. I was within about 6 feet before I saw it. I gave it some space while I took some pictures. A little while later, Tucker was walking on a trail and heard the rattle of a juvenile rattlesnake too.
The Great Basin Rattlesnake (a subspecies of the Western Rattlesnake):
A juvenile Great Basin Rattlesnake (hiding next to the rock):
A Mormon Cricket: