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After yesterday’s muddy hike, #mypubliclandsroadtrip heads out to Nine Mile Canyon - the world’s longest art gallery.

Do not let the name mislead you–Nine Mile Canyon is actually 40 miles of a 78-mile back country byway. This unique area has some of the most amazing abundance of beautiful and unblemished rock art panels in the west.

The peaceful drive along winding canyon roads offers many opportunities to stop and take photos of the stunning scenery, including structures left by the Fremont people. The Fremont hunted, gathered, and farmed in Nine Mile Canyon from 950 AD to 1200 AD. Their homes consisted of pit houses, wickiups and rock shelters, and their art decorates the 40 mile canyon with no less than 1,000 rock panels.

Not to be missed along the drive - the Great Hunt Panel, said to be one of the most recognized and famous rock art sites in Utah! These images are believed to represent an actual hunting event and share a glimpse into the individuals living in the Fremont period.

And at any stop, take time for a short hike for beautiful, iconic western views - like a step back in time!

Source My Public Lands Roadtrip: Nine Mile Canyon in Utah
Author Bureau of Land Management


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