About the Canyon

The first thing you need to know about the Canyon is that it is 40 miles long, not nine. Plan a full day to explore the many sites of Nine Mile Canyon. Most of the trip will be on dirt and gravel roads that may be impassible in inclement weather. The road is narrow, steep in places, and has blind curves. Be safe, drive slowly, and pull off the road when stopping to visit attraction.There are no services available between Wellington and Myton. Be prepared, be self-sufficient. Bring you own water - there is no public drinking water in the canyon.

You should have at least the following:

  • A full tank of gas, plenty of water, five good tires.
  • A picnic, sun screen, and insect repellent.
  • Binoculars and a camera will help you make the most of the experience.
  • Appropriate clothing, remembering the weather can change quickly.
  • A litter bag - pack it in, pack it out.

A trip through Nine Mile Canyon is a journey through an outdoor museum. You will see prehistoric art work and structures, and artifacts spanning an 8,000 year time frame. Touching artwork or climbing on structures is inappropriate here, just like any other museum.

How to Get There

From the south (Moab, Grand Junction, Price), the principal access route is eight miles east of Price, on Highway 6/191, turning north on 2200 East (Soldier Creek Road, at Walkers Food and Fuel Chevron Station). From the north (Vernal, Duchesne), access is via Highway 40/191, one mile west of Myton.

Camping, Picnicking and Vehicle Use

Public lands in Nine Mile Canyon are closed to camping. The Nine Mile Ranch provides the only campground in the canyon. It is a commercial facility, offering "bunk and breakfast," camping, and assistance with various recreational activities. The Nine Mile Ranch can be reached at (435) 637-2572.

Carbon County maintains a day use picnic area at Cottonwood Glen. This site has toilets, a pavilion and tables. There is no drinking water.

Be aware you may encounter wildlife and livestock on the road. Do your part to control dust and encourage safety by driving slowly. Vehicles are only allowed on designated roads. Cross country travel, including driving in wash bottoms is prohibited.

Also, be aware that large gas and timber trucks use the canyon roads. Drive cautiously and pull off the road when you top to view rock art or scenery.

Call the Castle Country Travel Council for the latest canyon conditions, (435) 637-3009.

For more information about Nine Mile Canyon you can visit these web sites:

Utah.com - Nine Mile Canyon

Max Bertola's Southern Utah - Nine Mile Canyon - Home of the Fremont

Nine Mile Canyon Guide and Information

Nine Mile Canyon Backway

Utah's Castle Country - Nine Mile Canyon

Contact Us

Mailing Address:
PO Box 402
Price, Utah 84501
Email Address:
Nine Mile Canyon Coalition Board Chair
Margie Nash