Parowan Canyon in Southern Utah

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Parowan Canyon

The scenic Parowan Canyon marks the entrance to the mountains of Southern Utah and has stunning red cliffs which resemble medieval castles. Read More

  • Parowan Canyon has bright red rock spires which resemble castles 
  • Good campground at Vermillion Castle 
  • Excellent fishing on Yankee Meadow Reservoir


Parowan Canyon Utah is situated between the towns of Parowan and Panguitch. Five miles up the vibrant red rock canyon is the Vermillion Castle campground and a further 14 miles brings visitors to Brian Head ski resort at the head of the canyon. The Canyon itself and the Yankee Meadow Reservoir provide endless opportunities for outdoor pursuits.

Location /Directions

Parowan Canyon UT is between Parowan and Panguitch. Head south from Parowan on Hwy 143 and the road passes through Parowan Canyon.


The area has a number of gravel and paved roads for hiking.

4WD Trail

Leave Hwy 143 just after the Vermillion Castle campground turnoff. Drive the gravel 4X4 trail through Second Left-hand Canyon to the Yankee Meadow Reservoir.


Excellent trout fishing in the Yankee Meadow Reservoir.


Vermillion Castle Campground, named after the red rock spires which resemble medieval castles, is a popular base for visitors to Parowan Canyon.

Camping is also permitted by the Yankee Meadow Reservoir.


The area is popular for biking. A 16-mile round trip goes from the Vermillion Castle Campground into Parowan on the paved First Left Hand Road, returning up the gravel Second Left Hand Road with 3000 feet change in elevation – allow 2 hours.

Fun Facts

The Parowan Byway between Brian Head and Panguitch has stunning fall color when the aspens turn brilliant red.