What's in a name? Nine Mile Canyon is actually 40 miles of a 78-mile Back Country Byway.
Where did a 40 mile canyon get the name Nine Mile Canyon? Possibly the answer comes from early explorer John Wesley Powell's cartographer, who used a nine mile transect for mapping the canyon.
While journeying through Nine Mile Canyon, one can see artifacts of ancient people (often referred to as the Fremont culture of some 1,000 years ago), the Ute Tribe, U.S. 9th Cavalry, and early explorers. The Ute Tribe considers the rock art sites as sacred family heirlooms; while the 9th Cavalry, a regiment of African Americans, built the road and the telegraph line. Early explorer John Wesley Powell explored the area in 1869.
Nine Mile Canyon, the greatest abundance of well-preserved rock art in the west, is often referred to as the "world's longest art gallery." The land is mostly private along the canyon, but the BLM Price and Vernal Field Offices manage lands along the way. Please leave only footprints and take only photographs.
Before traveling through Nine Mile Canyon, visit the following websites:
BLM - Price Field Office
Nine Mile Canyon Coalition
Camping - Nine Mile Canyon
Utah.com - Nine Mile Canyon
Max Bertola's Southern Utah - Nine Mile Canyon - Home of the Fremont
Nine Mile Canyon Guide and Information
Nine Mile Canyon Backway
Utah's Castle Country - Nine Mile Canyon