Nine-Mile Canyon

Wellington, Utah

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Nine-Mile Canyon is an unexpected name for a canyon that’s actually closer to 40 miles in length. The name dates back to the first survey of the area made by John Wesley Powell and party, and it refers to mouth of the creek’s distance from a certain waypoint. If you’re feeling laidback, you can do a simple out-and-back of nearly any length along the graded-dirt main road (up to 60 miles round-trip); or, if you’re feeling spunky, you can delve into something technically and physically much tougher, such as the Harmon Canyon to Prickly Pear Canyon loop or the Gate Canyon–Wrinkle Road–Franks Canyon–Nine-Mile Canyon loop. Nine-Mile Canyon makes a great place to head—after loading up bikes, camping gear, food, and water—and just explore for a couple of days, by car, by foot, and by mountain bike. A visit here makes one realize how truly isolated some areas of the United States remain even today. Much of the land bordering the road is private; however, by driving a short way up one of the side canyons you’ll typically be able to find good dispersed camping on BLM lands. From the Minnie Maud Creek bridge, it’s about 30 miles to the end of public access, where the road is gated at a private-property boundary just past Franks Canyon. General location: Twenty-four miles northeast of Wellington.
Mountain Bike! Southern Utah

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Mountain Bike! Southern Utah

by Michael McCoy (Menasha Ridge Press)

Nine-Mile Canyon is an unexpected name for a canyon that’s actually closer to 40 miles in length. The name dates back to the first survey of the area made by John Wesley Powell and party, and it refers to mouth of the creek’s distance from a certain waypoint. If you’re feeling laidback, you can do a simple out-and-back of nearly any length along the graded-dirt main road (up to 60 miles round-trip); or, if you’re feeling spunky, you can delve into something technically and physically much tougher, such as the Harmon Canyon to Prickly Pear Canyon loop or the Gate Canyon–Wrinkle Road–Franks Canyon–Nine-Mile Canyon loop. Nine-Mile Canyon makes a great place to head—after loading up bikes, camping gear, food, and water—and just explore for a couple of days, by car, by foot, and by mountain bike.

A visit here makes one realize how truly isolated some areas of the United States remain even today. Much of the land bordering the road is private; however, by driving a short way up one of the side canyons you’ll typically be able to find good dispersed camping on BLM lands. From the Minnie Maud Creek bridge, it’s about 30 miles to the end of public access, where the road is gated at a private-property boundary just past Franks Canyon. General location: Twenty-four miles northeast of Wellington.

©  Michael McCoy/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Wellington
Distance: 60
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Easy to Difficult
Season: April through May; September through October
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management, 435-636-3600
Local Maps: DeLorme Utah Atlas & Gazetteer, pages 46 and 47; Nine-Mile Canyon maps / informational brochures
Driving Directions: Directions to Nine-Mile Canyon

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