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    Nine Mile Canyon V

    On January 3rd Alan and I went, once again, to Nine Mile Canyon, this time to find some very remarkable pictographs. We'd each separately learned of the pictographs fairly recently, and though we knew roughly where they were, we didn't have an exact location. I'd tried unsuccessfully to locate them from the paved road using binoculars the previous weekend, but snow and fog made visibility poor. This time when we parked in the same spot, I was able to locate the pictographs before we even began hiking. We crossed a frozen Nine Mile Creek and, after a short hike, arrived at the site. It consists of four well-preserved red and white pictographs, along with a few unremarkable petroglyphs.




    Looking for a place to cross Nine Mile Creek



    Within sight of our goal for the day



    Some really great pictographs



    Pictograph detail



    Pictograph detail



    Petroglyphs below the pictographs



    Outlined BCS figure petroglyph near the pictographs



    White pictographs





    We continued along the same cliff face beyond the pictographs and found more rock art and historic graffiti. There were some petroglyphs depicting bighorn sheep that I thought were very interesting and well-made. Just beyond the bighorn petroglyphs, Alan's yellow lab, Daisy, got caught in a leg-hold trap! It was the second weekend in a row that I'd been with somebody in Nine Mile whose dog got caught in a trap. Luckily Daisy was unharmed, but Alan's hand was bleeding after freeing her, and the trap was baited with a nasty scent that we all got on us.




    Great bighorn sheep petroglyphs and historic inscription



    F.R. 1918 (later modified to read 1818)



    Goliath and David



    Bighorn sheep with very interesting horns



    Another leg-hold trap, the second week in a row a dog got caught in one



    Ute petroglyph



    Petroglyph



    Cowboy drawing



    F 1884





    We returned to Alan's truck and drove down the road a bit and stopped when we saw some interesting rock art above the road. It was a slightly sketchy climb up in the snow. After climbing up through several cliff bands, Alan spotted a very cool structure a short distance below us. It appears to have been a lookout of some sort--positioned for spotting wildlife rather than for living in. It's perhaps one of the most interesting things I've seen in Nine Mile Canyon, as it's not visible from the road and appears not to be visited often. Just a little farther down the road were a few more historic inscriptions.




    Climbing high above the road



    Alan spotted this sweet lookout from above



    Lookout high above the canyon floor



    Lookout



    Petroglyphs



    Petroglyphs



    Rob Powell 1887



    William Pace 6-6-1895



    Summers July 28th 1888





    We stopped at two more sites yet farther down the road. The first was easily visible from the road and was badly shot up. The second was spread out and required climbing up a couple of cliff bands to see it all, and it contained a variety of inscriptions, petroglyphs, and pictographs. We finished up there close enough to sunset that we ended our exploration there for the day.




    Petroglyphs



    Petroglyphs



    P.B.



    Snake and sheep



    Jazz hands alien



    Bullethole petroglyphs



    Cool animal/shield design



    Uhh



    Very cool sheep design



    Petroglyphs



    L. Wilkison and J.E.H.



    White pictographs



    White and yellow pictographs



    Fremont pictographs and historic graffiti



    Lots of dots



    Corn stalk



    Petroglyphs, including tethered sheep



    Four guys plus one



    One, two, three arms



    Different styles of sheep







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