Guide to Nine Mile Canyon
|Distance:||Archeological area starts at MM 26.2 through MM 45.9|
|Difficulty:||Easy - short hikes from your car|
|Hike Time:||Varies - depends upon how long you linger at each pane;|
|Elevation:||Around 5400 ft in the Archeological area|
|Season:||Year around - avoid wet or snowy weather as the road is dirt|
|USGS Maps:||Wood Canyon, Currant Canyon, Cowboy Bench|
From: Price, UT
|Follow US Highway 6 south to Wellington; Look for the Nine Mile Canyon Road turn off; Drive to MM 26.2 to enter the Archeological area.|
Unfortunately I didn't allow enough time for this adventure. I have always heard good things about Nine Mile Canyon and so when other activities took me close to the area, I grabbed some brochures from a Visitor Center and headed out across the country on a very rough 4-wheel road. There are two ways to enter the archeological area; 1) Turn South off of US highway 40 and drive about 30 miles south on Nine Mile Canyon Road or 2) take the route suggested above from US highway 6. At least the first 11 miles, or so, are paved from Highway 6. The rest of it is shock busting dirt roads with speed limits of 30 and 20 MPH. It is slow going. The brochures recommend allowing up to 6 hours after arriving at the beginning (MM 26.2) of the area. There are numerous sites to see along the road and the hikes away from your vehicle are short and easy for the most part. This area is really unique in that most of the artifacts are marked on maps and you can get out of your car and climb/walk right up to the panels, structures, etc. Remember, no touching is allowed!
Because of my limited schedule, I only attempted to view the Daddy Canyon Complex at MM 43.8 - trust me, it alone is worth the rough trip. In addition, there are two other petroglyph sites that are "must see" rated (I'll be going back); 1) the Big Buffalo site at MM 45.7 and 2) the Great Hunt site ate MM 45.9. Along the way there are several other interesting sites so be sure to equip yourself with a brochure from a visitor center. Also be sure to get a the brochure which gives distance in relationship to the Mile Marks even though a few of them are hard to find.