How to find Nine Mile Canyon:
From the south (Moab, Grand Junction, Price), the principal access route is eight miles east of Price, on Highway 6/191, turning north on 2200 East (Soldier Creek Road, at Walkers Food and Fuel Chevron Station). From the north (Vernal, Duchesne), access is via Highway 40/191, one mile west of Myton.
How much time to allow touring the Canyon:
At least one full day should be devoted to touring the 78 mile Nine Mile Canyon Back Country Byway. This includes four driving hours, and time for short walks and frequent stops.
How to plan a loop trip:
The following scenic loop can be driven in either direction. From Highway 6, travel east through Nine Mile Canyon, north up Gate Canyon, west on Highway 40 to Duchesne and southwest down Indian Canyon returning to Highway 6.
What to bring:
The following are highly suggested: Binoculars to view the rock art and wildlife, camera, insect repellent (in the spring), maps and guides
, drinking water and food, trash bag, emergency gear for your vehicle (don't forget spare tire), first aid kit, and a full tank of gas. We suggest that you either carry and use a portable toilet or use the toilets located in the Canyon, where possible. Otherwise, please pack out your toilet paper and sanitary products.
What facilities are available:
Nine Mile Ranch
, a commercial facility, offers "bunk and breakfast", camping, store, and assistance with various recreation endeavors. Telephone 435-637-2572.
Cottonwood Glen Rest Area, a development by Carbon County (on land leased from BLM), offers toilets, picnic tables, and group facilities. Cottonwood Glen is a day use facility only, overnight camping is not allowed. Telephone Castle Country Travel Council 435-637-3009.
Where to find help in the event of a medical emergency or vehicle breakdown:
Visitors must take responsibility for themselves in this remote Byway. There are no public telephones and private landowners should only be disturbed in extreme emergencies. However, the owners of the Nine Mile Ranch have offered to render assistance. Messages may be relayed by flagging down BLM and County officials, mineral personnel or other visitors. Search and rescue actions are the responsibility of the Carbon and Duchesne Sheriff's Departments.