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Quick Facts
Designation: BLM Back Country Byway
Designation: Utah State Scenic Backway
Fees: No fees.
Length, One-Way: 78 Miles (130.0 Kilometers)
Time: Allow two hours travel time, with a few more to hu

General Information

Description - Nine Mile Canyon is known as a major representative area of the prehistoric Fremont Culture. The canyon houses a myriad of rock panels along the main road and in side panels. Petroglyphs (carvings on rock faces) and pictographs (paintings on rock faces) depict animals, hunting scenes and godlike figures. Cliff granaries on high canyon ledges may be spotted by careful observers. In the 1800's, the canyon was used by both fur trappers and the army. Iron telegraph poles, stage stations and settler cabins are common sights. Vegetation and terrain along this Backway vary from high desert species to aspen groves. The buff colored cliffs of the canyon are highlighted by balanced rocks and window arches. Deer and elk are seen frequently.

Attractions - The Nine Mile Canyon Backway is known for it's Archeology, Cultural, Historical, Natural and Scenic Attractions.

Directions from : The turnoff to Nine Mile Canyon is approximately two miles east of Wellington on US-191. There is a sign indicating the turnoff. Wellington is about 10 miles southeast of Price. The Backway ends at the junction of US-40 one mile west of Myton. In addition to the main route, side roads lead into several other canyons and on to the West Tavaputs Plateau.

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Additional Information:
Utah Scenic Byways - Utah's Scenic Byway Program is comprised of 27 routes that showcase Utah's splendor; from slick rock canyons and pristine deserts to majestic mountain views and high country lakes.

Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.


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