Get to know your Southern Utah

Conference excursions are designed to introduce conference attendees to some of the area’s highlights and to offer a reprieve from conference rigor. Excursions are planned by the SUU office of Community & Academic Enrichment, and are recommended for those looking for a fun outdoor experience to incorporate into your conference experience.

Parowan Gap Petroglyphs with Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah

Petroglyphs at Parowan Gap
  • Wednesday Evening, March 13
  • 5:45 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • All Attendees
  • Included with Registration

Take a trip back in time more than 12,000 years and experience the tranquility and history of The Parowan Gap near Parowan, Utah. For centuries Native American have used the Parowan Gap for solar observations and pecked designs in the rocks known as petroglyphs. While many of the petroglyph’s meanings remain unknown, several have been shown to show the position of the sun during different seasons of the year. After a tour of the petroglyphs and history of The Parowan Gap, participants will enjoy a Dutch oven dinner.

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Silver Reef Ghost Town & Historical Tour with Lunch at Depot Grill

Brick wall at Silver Reef Ghost Town
  • Saturday, March 16
  • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Limited to 25 participants
  • $50

Silver Reef, Utah was a mining boom town founded in 1866 with the discovery of silver in sandstone — a geological rarity. In 1879 there were an estimated 2,000 residents, but in 1901 mining had largely ceased and Silver Reef is now a ghost town located in a stunning geological setting. Start your visit at the Wells Fargo Express Stop Building and take a guided tour of the historic Museum, which is registered on the National and Utah State Registers of Historic Buildings. Participants in the Silver Reef excursion will finish the tour with lunch at Cedar City’s historic Depot Grill, which once served as the Union Pacific Railroad Depot built in 1923.

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Explore Zion National Park and Springdale with Lunch at the Zion Lodge

Zion Canyon
  • Saturday, March 16
  • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Limited to 35 participants
  • $50

Zion National Park, Utah’s first national park, is known for their massive sandstone cliffs of cream, pink and red, their unique plant and animal life, and a rich history of ancient Native American settlers and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints pioneers. Take a hike inside the park that attracts four million visitors annually, or shop the trendy shops in Springdale for art, coffee, souvenirs and more. The Zion National Park excursion will be followed by lunch at the Red Rock Grill inside the Zion Lodge.

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