Thursday, September 10, 2015

Nine Mile Canyon - Updated Map and Legend

Nine Mile Canyon (as of September 2015)


Located in Carbon County, outside of Wellington (Route 6/191), Utah.  An 80 mile road (50 miles west to east; 30 miles south to north); NO services available; private ranches (RESPECT private property/no trespassing signs); touring is FREE; take ALL trash with you; do NOT desecrate rock art and ruin sites.

Set odometer to zero when turn made onto road to Nine Mile Canyon (from Route 6/191 onto Soldier Creek Road – currently a Chevron Station on the corner).  Mileage may vary 1/10th to 2/10ths from mile markers due to curvature of the roadway; many sites are 50 to 100 feet upwards (approximations), so be prepared to park, exit vehicle and look.  There will also be signatures with dates going back to the 1880s of pioneers, ranchers and visitors coming through the area.  Many signatures are included as simply reference points of location.  Do NOT leave your mark!


Mile Mark

05.7 – Dugout Canyon Mine, road goes southward...

12.7 – Mine Buildings and Offices; north side.

21.1 – Entrance to Nine Mile Canyon.

24.0 - Nine Mile Ranch and Campground; south side (odometer read 23.8).

26.4 – Columns of lines – natural weathering or carved?

26.7 – First Site (rock art site); north side.

27.3 – Wooden log bench to enjoy the view.

27.7 – Cottonwood Glen Picnic Area; south side.

29.7 – Warriors with Shields, initials SF; north side, 50 feet up

30.2 – Weathered wall resembling human figures; snake inside largest figure; north side.

30.6 – “James 1924”; north side.

30.8 – Human and Mountain Goats; north side.

30.85 – Man with bow and arrow; Bill Good, Wm. Carroll names; north side; possible “Bullman”
                                      figure (natural carving?).

30.9 – “Rob Powell 1881”; north side.

31.3 – “GB 1934”, “1883”, Man pulling horse with rider; north side, ground level.

31.8 – Argyle Canyon, road travels northwest to Route 191; rock art half mile on eastern wall.

32.0 – Series of dots forming a rectangular pattern; north side, 30 feet up.

32.1 – Deer Panel; north side, approx. 100 feet up.

32.2 – Snake figure; north side, approx. 150 feet up.

32.4 – Man with Antlers, RHJ initials; 15 feet across is Snake over Human figure; north side, ground

32.5 to 32.6 – Balanced Rock, north side of road; rock art around base of rock and along walls   
                                 extending back from Balanced Rock; includes “The Juggler”.

32.7 – Snake and Dot Panel, “TC 92”; north side.

32.9 – “6th Infantry 2/2/86”, Long Neck Horse; north side.

33.3 - Abandoned Homestead, rock art panel behind old truck, north rock wall.

33.6 - Harmon Canyon, road travels southward; upper walls on north side of main road have
                                 panels of rock art.

34.3 – “Towers” rock formation up on south mesa; Snake on north side, approx. 200 feet up.

34.5 – Centipede; north side, 75 feet up.

34.8 – “L. Wilkinson”, Crane (bird), wavy lines (water?); north side, approx. 50 feet up (across from
                                        Fasselin Ranch – no trespassing).

34.9 - Partial Panel of Deer, “Bar Bells”, Stars with Circles at Points; Script Message, “for coughs &
                 colds, go to Doc Lunt, Nephi”, north side, approx. 50 feet up.

35.2 – Jagged Line and Snake plus panel of various artwork; north side, approx. 200 feet up.

35.5 – Panel of Animals; north side, approx. 50 feet up.

35.7 – Snowflakes, Hunting Scene; north side, approx. 50 feet up.

35.9 – Three Panels of Patterned Lines, Cranes (birds), Goats; north side, approx. 100 feet up.

36.1 – Oddly shaped curved figure, Bug-like shape, “Bug Man”; north side, approx. 50 feet up.

36.3 – Human figure, mountain goat inside grotto; east wall, 50 feet up; Artwork inside sheltered
                    ledge;  north side, 100 feet up; Rattlesnake below at 50 feet up.

36.4 – Signatures from 1881, 1888, 1893 plus rock art; north side, ground level.

36.5 – Five separate panels featuring man with headdress, hand print, animals; north side, approx.
                      100 feet up.

36.6 – Triple dot marking on east wall of canyon; man with horns and spirals on north side, approx.
                            100 feet up.

36.7 – Series of small circles; north side, approx. 30 feet up.

36.8 – Faded rock art, signatures dating 1916, 1928, 1964 – north side, ground level.

37.0 – Tree and fish, “WC Carroll 1888”; pointed rock with carved lines (near mud swallow nests);
                                north side, approx. 50 feet up.

37.1 – Modern Graffiti; north side.  Prime Example of Desecration.

37.2 – Five panels of various rock art; north side, approx. 30 feet up.

37.3 – Bisected field and Deer; north side.

37.6 – Carvings of Spirals and Geometric Shapes; Spider/Snowflake and Lizard; north side.

37.7 – Spiral, “BP”; north side, ground level.

37.8 – Mud Swallow nests upper north wall; inscription from 1818 carved along bottom of wall.

37.9 – Faded Long Neck Deer (giraffe like); north side, ground level.

38.0 – Slanted lines, small deer and stick-like figure; north side, ground level.

38.1 – Faded circle and Elk; east wall, 30 feet up.

38.2 – Stone house, north side of road; “Indian” wall with timber and rock art behind corral
                        fencing; Nutter Ranch buildings on south side.

38.7 – Just before Gate Canyon Road; set of parallel lines, 2 squiggly figures; north side, 100 feet up.

38.7 – 30 mile road northward to Gate Canyon, Trailheads, Summit Vista, Smith’s Well; ends on
                                Route 40. 

38.7 - Rock art past the road of Spirals and Mountain Goats; north side, 300 feet up.

38.8 – Two sections of Rock art; north side approx. 6 feet from ground level, behind bushes.

38.9 – Two panels: Rainbow, Circles with Lines; Field with Man; north side, 30 feet up.

39.0 – Short Trail leading into small canyon area; rock art panels high up on walls (right side)
                        halfway up trail.

39.1 – Reindeer panel; north side, approx. 30 feet up.

39.2 – Granary with wood logs and thatched roofing located high up on northern wall; faded
                               mountain goat at ground level.

39.5 – Series of Dots, bullet holes have destroyed a section; north wall, high up; across from cattle

40.1 – Man on Horse chasing a deer; north side, ground level.

40.4 – “10-31-1956”, faded mountain goat; north side, 30 feet up.

40.8 – “The Giant”; north side of road; immense giant human form carved into wall face; ground
                    level; around corner, 50 feet up on west wall – full pueblo drawing with “horned” figure.

40.9 – Faded panel of small figures; north side, ground level.

41.0 – Granary high up on southern wall; park in parking area, look up and southwest.

41.3 – Spiral, human and deer figures; north side, ground level and right of cattle gate.

41.6 – Spirals, Men with Bows and Arrows; north side.

41.7 – Granary almost at ground level; north side.

41.8 – Ground level stone walls and fire ring; “cowboy camp”; north side.

41.8 - Corner Granary high up on wall; look up and northeast (rock around granary looks like a
           lizard, granary tucked under its “chin”); north side at ground level is Man riding a bull.

41.9 – Prickly Pear ATV Trail; southward.

42.4 – Round Granary (timber visible) high up on wall at edge of ledge; look up and northeast.

43.1 – Snakes, Goats, X on far north wall; Rock formation to left forms small arch; north side.

43.7 – Carving of House (modern graffiti?); north side, ground level.

43.8 – Dry Canyon ATV Trail, road travels southward.

43.9 - Rasmussen Cave, fenced in cave with rock art; property owner sprayed painted “no
                trespassing” warning over red deer/elk; north side.

44.0 – Daddy Canyon Complex, north side; numerous rock art sites; trail over dry wash
             leads to more rock art sites; restroom facilities available on south side of road.

44.8 – Spiral and more; north side, ground level.

45.9 – Fremont Village, south side; extremely steep trail leads upward to reconstructed
                    Pit House; buried Kiva passed along way (overlooks main road).

46.0 – Frank’s Canyon to the left of split, road travels northeast.

          - 4/10ths of a mile, stop at open fencing, look upwards 100 feet for the “Santa” Panel.

          - 5/10ths of a mile, horned figure, deer, snake with dots over top and bottom.

          - 8/10ths of a mile, snake with dots going through it.

46.0 – Cottonwood Canyon to the right of split, road travels southeast.

46.1 – The Big Buffalo; rock art located behind sign; trail to Big Buffalo panel north side;   
               Pregnant Buffalo located on wall behind fenced in area (Access Closed).

46.3 – The Great Hunt; rock art panel on south side plus moon phases, various animals and
                             symbols along walls.

46.5 – “Plant Life” Panel; south side.

46.6 – Inscription from 1915 carved onto south side wall.

46.8 – Paved roadway ends; unmaintained paved road that narrows and has blind curves begins; be
                          aware of oil company vehicles.

50.2 – Oil company guardhouse; STOP; guard will inform when road is clear to continue to Route

This Legend was created by Mary and Roy Cokenour, Monticello, Utah (2015).

To View Photographs of Nine Mile Canyon, go to: , Utah Tab, Scroll Down to Miscellaneous Counties, click onto various Nine Mile Canyon links.  These photographs are the property of the Cokenours, and cannot be reproduced without written permission.

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