9 Mile Canyon Day Trip
Saturday my family and I went on a day trip to 9 Mile Canyon in Utah. Here's how it went and what we thought of this trip.
About 2 hours from our home, in an area near Wellington, Utah, is a stretch of canyon called 9 Mile Canyon.
This area is nestled in the desert landscape, full of free ranch cattle (that feel they have free range to lay in the road), and home to lizards and snakes, along with prairie dogs and other animals.
When we started the day, the sky was looking pretty ominous and there was rain, even in the sun. There was no forecast for rain, so we hoped that we would not find rain when we arrived at our destination.
Instead of rain, we found beautiful blue skies, and some very warm sunshine.
Our day didn't start out as early as we wanted it to (never does), then we had to be sure and top off our gas and grab a loaf of bread for our sandwiches.
One thing to note is that there are no services throughout this canyon area. There are picnic tables and out houses placed periodically through the drive, but that is it. So be sure to take food, water, and have a tank full of gas.
Additionally, there is always a chance of flash flooding (hence, plenty of "dips" in the road for water flow), so watch the skies for the developing thunderstorm and don't play chicken with mother nature.
You can find maps in Wellington, at the last gas station before you turn towards 9 Mile Canyon. And by the way, 9 Mile Canyon is way more than 9 miles, so this could potentially be quite a trip for you.
The maps show locations of "special" sights. Most of these sights are petroglyphs from ancient indian civilizations. However, a note on the mapping. The mileage posts don't align super well with the sights and there are not many markers for these sights. There were only two or three markers for these (sometimes hard to find) sights. That was very disappointing and frustrating.
The drive is really winding and there are a lot of "dips" for the flash flooding, so be prepared with Dramamine.
Unfortunately, erosion and non-ancient rock art (modern twits) have taken away from much of the ancient rock art. Additionally, there is a HUGE hype about the plethora of "sights" in this canyon.
The Great Hunt is the most famous of the petroglyphs. It was well marked and well preserved. It was also very impressive and had a plaque that tells all about it.
Overall, the trip did not live up to the hype. It was good to get out and do something we had not done, seeing things we had not seen. However, the excitement about seeing all of the ancient rock art quickly dwindled as the day went on and we saw very lackluster samples. We did a small hike around a loop at Daddy Canyon and that was interesting. We were going to turn up the narrow area of 9 Mile Canyon and do some more hiking, but the thunderstorms were moving quickly and the warning signs posted prior to entry of the canyon made us feel that it was probably not the safe bet.
We all enjoyed each other's company, as we usually do. We were just disappointed.
The video below shows the terrain and some of the beauty that was worth seeing.
What other sights should we see? Tell me below in the comments.
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