Soaring events in the Utah area:
Badge, Record, and Cross-Country Gathering
July 15 - 27, 2000
Parowan 2000 will be an informal gathering of glider pilots who want to enjoy the strong summer soaring conditions and spectacular scenery in southern Utah. There will not be any camp managers or directors. Traditionally, the gathering has been like a small club rendezvous, with lots of spontaneous cooperation and no supervision. The only organized event will be a BBQ supper on Friday evening, July 21. The Parowan Airshow will be on Friday evening, July 28, and all day Saturday, July 29.
We will get weather forecasts and soundings each morning
via computer. Each pilot is on
his/her own to select an activity or task, plan a flight, stage, and retrieve.
Cooperative official observer and crew arrangements among participants
are common. A crew is not a
prerequisite for participation.
The Parowan Aero Services office generally closes at 5:00
PM. A pay phone is available
after hours. Aerotow retrieves
from airport outlandings can be arranged.
Parowan Airport does not have taxiways. To stay within
the operational capabilities of the FBO and the airport for staging and
launching, we will be limited to 15 aerotow gliders and 5 self-launch
motorgliders per day.
When you know the dates you can attend, please mail a $10 check to Rolf Peterson to hold your place on the reservation list. This $10 will help cover incidental expenses of phone calls, copying , and postage with the balance going to the BBQ fund.
Lodging and Visitor Information:
Two motels in Parowan are the Best Western Swiss Village
Inn, 1/2 mile adjacent to the airport, and the Days Inn, approximately 2 miles
from the airport. The Days Inn
has had special rates for glider pilots.
There also are some Bed-and-Breakfast accommodations in Parowan.
There are numerous motels in Cedar City, 18 miles from the airport.
Some Parowan participants have used student housing at Southern Utah University in Cedar City. These are privately owned apartments that can be rented by the night or by the week. They have 3 bedrooms with 2 single beds each, 2 bathrooms, a kitchen, and a living room. They are clean and basic with rates about $18.50/person/night. You pay only for the number of people who stay. Bedding is included. Provide your own cooking utensils.
Some participants have stayed in condominiums at Brian Head ski resort, 13 miles from the airport. Parowan participants have used the Aspens Rental Agency the past four years with good results.
Two other condo rental agencies at Brian Head are:
The Brian Head Chamber of Commerce has visitor
information on summer activities and other accommodations at Brian Head.
Iron County, Utah, publishes a very complete visitor
The Utah Shakespearean Festival is held in Cedar City
from June to September. Shakespearean
and contemporary theatre productions are staged daily except Sunday with
matinee and evening performances. www.bard.org
Cedar Breaks National Monument, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Zion National Park are within day trip excursion distances from Parowan. Grand Canyon, Capitol Reef, and Great Basin National Parks, Escalante/Grand Staircase National Monument, and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (Lake Powell) are within one day driving distance from Parowan.
Pictures taken during the Parowan'98 event can be found on Soaring Photos page 3.
Turnpoint information for Utah and the surrounding area, and a spreadsheet to calculate distances, are on the Soaring Sites page.
This page was updated Monday, June 14, 2004.