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Soaring events in the Utah area:


Badge, Record, and Cross-Country Gathering

July 15 - 27, 2000

    Parowan Airport, Parowan, Utah    1L9  37 51.58' N  112 48.96' W
    1/2 mile off of Interstate-15 at Parowan Exit 78
    18 miles north of Cedar City          240 miles south of Salt Lake City 

Parowan Aero Services        435-477-8911
    Dave Norwood          

Airport Facilities:
Tiedowns for Gliders and Trailers   On-Airport Camping   (No Hookups)
    Ag-Cat Towplane                           Restrooms and Shower
    (Tows are available all summer)      Pay Telephone
    Oxygen                                         BBQ Grill


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.

            Rolf Peterson
2618 Tahoe Drive, Livermore, CA  94550
            925-447-5620 or 925-447-4255      

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.

    Contact:           John Dalton
                            42 Juniper Drive, Cedar City, UT  84720

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.

    Contact:           Chris Dwyer
                           Aspens Rental Agency
            P.O. Box 190176, Brian Head, UT  84719

Two other condo rental agencies at Brian Head are: 

Brian Head Reservations Center

Brian Head Condo Reservations

P.O. Box 190055, Brian Head, UT  84719

P.O. Box 190217, Brian Head, UT  84719

1-800-845-9781 or 435-677-2042

1-800-722-4742 or 435-677-2045

The Parowan Visitor Center has a Parowan Vacation Planning Kit.
    75 North Main Street, P.O. Box 664, Parowan, UT  84761
    1-888-PAROWAN    435-477-8190

The Brian Head Chamber of Commerce has visitor information on summer activities and other accommodations at Brian Head.
    P.O. Box 190325, Brian Head, UT  84719

Iron County, Utah, publishes a very complete visitor package.
    Iron County Tourism and Convention Bureau
    286 N. Main,  P.O. Box 1007, Cedar City, UT   84720

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. 

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.

98,99,2000&01 Dale Taylor,, contact via email.