Nine Mile Canyon and San Rafeal

March 25th, 2013

Nature, Outdoor adventures, Travel

Canyon Country is a large section in Central Utah that is generally passed over by visitors. The ski resorts draw people to the northern section of the state, and the national parks attract tourists to Southern Utah, but the central region is often forgotten. This is unfortunate, as there are some cool things to do and see there. So, if you want to get off the beaten path a little, visit Canyon Country.

The San Rafeal Swell is a geological formation that is responsible for much of the beauty of Canyon Country. The San Rafeal Swell has some amazing hikes with fantastic views. To see a list of trails, visit this page.

Nine Mile Canyon is also located in Canyon Country and is quite possibly the longest art gallery in existence. Nine Mile Canyon is home to extensive American Indian petroglyphs and rock art. In fact, the canyon is actually classified as an outdoor museum. The canyon stretches over 50 miles into the San Rafeal Swell. (Don’t ask why it’s named Nine Mile Canyon, nobody seems to know.) Travel site Utah.com has this to say about Nine Mile Canyon:

“Because of the dry climate and isolation from large population centers or heavy ranching, the canyon remains much as it was hundreds of years ago. The canyon should be shown the respect due to one of the West’s ancient treasures. The panels of rock art are of such remarkable quality and beauty that they have been featured in National Geographic and other publications highlighting the beauty and uniqueness of the art. It is well worth the trip.”

We at the Lodge at Red River Ranch encourage you to visit Canyon Country on your next Utah trip. Check out Nine Mile Canyon, do a few hikes, and enjoy the backcountry of Central Utah.

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