Friday & Saturday, December 9-10, 2016
After attending a concert in Salt Lake City on Thursday night it was time to start heading back home on Friday morning. However, I planned to spend Friday afternoon and all day Saturday in Nine Mile Canyon before finishing the drive back to Grand Junction. I had hoped to revisit some sites lower in the canyon that I had not been to in many years plus find a few sites along the road that I had missed or not found during previous visits. I was also planning on photographing The Great Hunt Panel at sunset on Friday evening. For being December, the weather was not too cold and there was very little snow in the canyon. Friday afternoon was the nicer of the two days with temperatures in the upper 40’s and the sun was out, while Saturday was a little bit cooler with overcast skies and a cold wind that had picked up. Enjoy plenty of photos of the rock art below!
Welcome back to Nine Mile Canyon!
Following the road through the upper end of the canyon.
A quick but obligatory stop at the First Site.
The Long-Necked Sheep Panel
Leading a Horse
When I arrived at The Family Panel, most of the petroglyphs were in the sunlight with deep shadows surrounding the figures.
A cool spiral-snake nearby.
Exploring Nine Mile Canyon in the late afternoon.
Grids of dots are a common theme found throughout the canyon.
Spirals and wavy lines.
Heading back to Cottonwood Canyon to watch the sunset.
The Family Panel was all in the shade when I drove past again.
The Great Hunt after the sun had set.
The moon coming up over the rim of Cottonwood Canyon before I headed out of the canyon to Price for the night.
A very unique horned snake.
A bird and some interesting designs.
I even managed to find a few new pictographs on Saturday that I had missed before.
The remains of a small granary on a narrow ledge.
The Echo Panel
A brief stop at the petroglyphs in Daddy Canyon.
The inaccessible Santa Claus Panel high on the canyon wall.