The World’s Longest Art Gallery

Utah’s Nine Mile Canyon is one of the unique cultural  landscapes in the world. Earlier this week I was fortunate to tour portions of the canyon with some of the smart, passionate people who have helped save it through the years.

As Jerry and Donna Spangler note in their guide Horned Snakes and Axle Grease, Nine Mile Canyon is…well, not nine miles in length.

By its very name, Nine Mile Canyon is an enigma.  From its upper reaches on the west, the canyon twists and turns more than 50 miles to its confluence with the Green River on the east. And how the canyon got its incongruous name remains clouded with the passage of time.

Despite the misleading name, Nine Mile Canyon is an amazing landscape filled with rock art – or as some prefer rock writing – from Native Americans about whom we know very little.  The miles of rock art has led many to call Nine Mile Canyon “The World’s Longest Art Gallery.” As the Spanglers note, “There is something undeniably magical about Nine Mile Canyon….”

So rather than write about it, I’m simply going to post six additional photos out of the 150+ I took on the trip, ending with the world famous “Great Hunt.” Enjoy the mystery and beauty. If the pictures tweak your interest, the Spanglers’ roadside guide is a good place to start.

More to come…

DJB

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