Myton Off The Beaten Path
Jumping off point for Nine-mile canyon is either Myton in the north or Wellington in the south-west. We did it from Myton as we were coming south from Flaming Gorge. The road is graded for the most and dirt in other parts, surely impassable when wet, especially coming from Myton. The last couple of kms are all downhill and dirt, quite slippery although the road was dry. After this part you arrive at a T-junction where either you go left to view the"Great Hunt" panel or right towards Wellington. As all the sites in the canyon are in this part, coming from Wellington is certainly easier when the road is wet, as quite a bit is tarmac. Another hasard to be careful of is "Semi-trailers". There are ore mines in the area and there are a few lorries trundling around and the canyon road is narrow. The nine-mile canyon (actually closer to 40) is known as the longest art gallery in the world due to the vast amounts of petroglyphs found here and spread over a fair distance. Plenty of old buildings to see as well and what is good is that most can be spotted from the road or close to it. Have a look at this site (recommended by VT'er Segolily) that'll give you an idea what and where to see the different locations. I must add that I didn't agree with some of the mileages quoted for this trip, although they are not wildly out. But please allow for some discrepancies.
The turn-off is just 2 kms from Myton along Hwy 40 at the first paved intersection on your left. A further 500 metres takes you to the start of the Nine-mile road at the intersection where you see the first pics of the monument below. From there it is a straight road down to the canyon. I made it 31.3 miles although the site below says 37!!! No difference you'll know when you hit the T-junction.,
Although their are 6 tips here and plenty of pics, there is much more to see if you are interested in Indian art and culture. This is only a small part, throughout the canyon there are more petroglyphs, granaries and even some Fremont houses in a very bad state but seeable up on a high ridge. For me the Great Gallery in Horseshoe Canyon is the "ultimate" in Indian art, bur there is plenty to enjoy here.
Nine-mile Canyon VI.
These are pics of the Harper ghost town, which had an inn, post office and barns to shelter the stagecoach teams. In the 1880's this canyon was the main road from Ft. Duchesne to Wellington and needed fresh horses every so often.
Nine-mile Canyon V.
These photos are taken around the bend in the road close to what is known as "Piggy rock". They show more of the Fremont-type petroglyphs.
The last two photos are from the very first panel that you come across coming from Wellington at approx 40 kms from the truckstop at the turn-off near Wellington.