9 Mile Canyon MM 30.7

Round Trip Distance: 0.1 miles
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation: 6139 - 6166 feet
Cellphone: 0 bars
Time: 15 mins.
Trailhead: MM 30.7
Fee: none
Attractions: Fremont/Ute/Cowboy petroglyphs

This post is for a small group of interesting petroglyphs that are located in Nine Mile Canyon northeast of Wellington, Utah near mile marker 30.7 of the Nine Mile Canyon Road.

For turn by turn directions you can enter 'The Great Hunt Panel' into your driving app and you will be guided both to the area and past all of the other sites along the way. A map or Nine Mile Canyon brochure will be helpful for what to watch out for and an GPS with our GPX file loaded will assist in pinpointing each site exactly.

For this site zero your odometer at the Chevron station when turning onto the Nine Mile Canyon Road and measure 30.7 miles to a pullout at the mouth of a short side canyon.

After parking it's just a matter of looking around for petroglyphs.

Some like these Ute images are rather comical. I'm not sure if this guy is bragging about killing the man with his arms dangling down and taking his horse or what but he sure appears to be proud of himself.

The short stub canyon has a boulder near the back of it with a few interesting images that appear to be a mix of Ute and cowboy.

Once I got the thought of Medusa in my head I couldn't get rid of it. It is a very interesting Ute petroglyph.

We are attributing this bird to the cowboy that made some of the other images in the area as well as possibly the inscription that is next to the road.

It isn't all that unusual to find images of cowboys that were made by the Utes but this probably isn't one of them.

????W K. Thomas SEP. THE 23 1883.

It only takes a few minutes to see what is at MM 30.7. There is plenty of room to pull over out of the way so that makes it handy enough. We think it is worth the stop for those that have the time. If you would like to see it for yourself then all you have to do is 'Take a hike'.