We spent the night in a rather marginal RV park in Price, UT. They had an interesting strategy with regard to cleaning: 3 showers, so disable 2 so you only have to clean one. Ditto with the toilets. And, the simplest method to reduce litter from paper towels is to not provide any. These detractions stated, there was plenty of hot water in the shower that did work and there is plenty to be said about that. Plus, they had a laundry facility and that was the real reason for our stay.
the laundry was completed, we headed
back out into the
boondocks. Our chosen path was to go
up Nine Mile Canyon
just to the east of Price.
I chose the canyon based on map
notations about the large number
panels in the canyon. I
was surprised to find that
unlike shown on the map, the
road was recently
paved. While not
longing for another
dusty hammering on a
road, I was mildly
most of the
bottom land in
the canyon was
private, so we
River to see
The photos below are what we saw.
was overcast, windy and starting to rain. Early in
Nine Mile Canyon we encountered this coal mine next to the
side of the road.
Price, UT is in
Carbon County so the presence of a coal mine was no
one of our stops I found this inscription carved into the
walls. There were many, many petroglyph panels in the canyon.
better preserved than others and I have culled the
the best ones. This inscription was
characteristic of many of the panels where
late-comer white men chose to deface the
rock art for their own reasons. This
one was noteworthy due to the age and
is clearly associated with an early
were many old abandoned log cabins that were used by the
early occupants of Nine Mile Canyon. This one included cut timber
for the door jam.
This bulldozer frame is left over from the early
part of the 1900s.
This rock house was on private land next to the road
and was not typical of the older dwellings we saw.
rock art panel shows the classic scene: mountain sheep. These
figures were likely carved by members of the Fremont
These sheep were
into the sandstone walls thus resisting erosion.
Other figures on this panel were already weathered
This panel was interesting for several
addition to multiple types of figures including abstract ones, the
panel seems to suggest the use of nets to capture game.
This inscription is dated 1818 which
would make it pre-date the Mormon settlers arrival. It
is possible that the first "8" is really a "9", but the
style seems to closely match the second eight.
into the canyon we came upon a natural gas compressor
station under construction. Note the radiators on
truck beds in the center of the photo.
short distance up the canyon we came upon this detailed panel.
panel was carved into a spalled section of the cliff and the canvas was not dark
low-contrast images. But, despite the poor
contrast, this is a very busy panel with sheep, buffalo, snakes
and shamanistic figures.
This panel used a different style of
writing: a scratching method rather than pecking.
into sandstone coated with desert patina, shows a hunter
with bow engaging a sheep.
my first glance at this panel, I thought it was a
depiction of a birthing
scene. Now I am not sure.
panel was the best preserved and highest contrast site in
the canyon and
was named "The
Great Hunt". The panel shows rams, ewes and lambs being
engaged by hunters with bows.
Interesting that sheep are almost always shown with
their heads on the right.
to The Great Hunt there was more
damage. Despite the weathering, this busy
panel contained interesting symbols that were repeated throughout
panel was named
for obvious reasons.
abstract symbol at the lower right may be a representation of a
snake. It is not clear if the icons at the upper
left are dogs or deer.
Concentric circles are a common icon throughout
canyon continued for many miles and finally dead-ended in
private land. This log cabin was visible from our turn-around point.
think this was the V2.0 dwelling after the log cabin was
to the private land holdings, finding a camp spot was out of
the question. So we took a side road and
further into the cliffs. We turned east
toward the Green River and crested a large ridge to
find this gas compressor station on the
ridge. The dark wire on the fence is
an intrusion detection sensor
to prevent vandalism. Too bad
that the petroglyphs did not have a similar
east side of the
ridge had expansive
views of the canyons that lead to the Green River drainage.
was blowing hard on the ridge and rain was getting stronger.
the east of the ridge, I spotted this track that headed south toward the cliff
We were looking for a camp and being on the cliff
seemed like it would provide a great view, so we
trail ended at an escarpment as predicted and the view was better than
expected. But, the wind was about 50 mph on
the lip so we decided to retreat a few hundred meters
to reduce the rocking of the camper.
Despite our set-back from the lip of the cliff, the wind was howling as we set up camp. But, our site still had a great view of the canyonlands to the east.Price, UT is a working-class town centered on ranching and mining. We found several good places to eat and got all of our re-supply needs met. If you are in the Price area, you should stop at the Main Street Grill. Nine Mile Canyon is a paved road with easy access to the petroglyph sites and is a must-see if you like rock art.
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