Diane’s Birthday Weekend | Saturday & Sunday, October 20-21, 2018
Since it was Diane’s birthday on Saturday and she wanted to spend the weekend in Nine Mile Canyon, that’s what we did! It actually worked out great since neither of us had been there yet this year and I like to try to get there at least once each year. We left home early on Saturday morning, stopped at the gas station in Wellington and then headed right into the canyon to see what we could find. There was nothing in particular that I was looking for on this trip, so we just drove slowly through the canyon and kept an eye out to see what we could find. It’s really amazing that no matter how many times I have driven through this canyon we were still able to find quite a few new petroglyphs and pictographs, and even a couple ruins. We spent all day in the canyon and then returned to Wellington where we took a little break from camping and spent the night in a hotel. Then on Sunday morning we were back in the canyon for a few more hours before heading back home. It was a great time! Here are plenty of photos from the weekend.
Welcome to the Nine Mile Canyon Backcountry Byway!
The Turtle Panel
This was an interesting panel with a sheep that has an elongated body that looks like a serpent. Very unusual!
The corner of a very large petroglyph panel.
A nice crescent-shaped sheep.
Sheep and The Coyote
Diane spotted this panel as we drove by and it’s actually one I’ve been looking for.
This was a very nice panel located high on a cliff that we had never noticed before. We did try to climb up to it and got on the ledge to the left of it, but there was no good view from there and no way for us to get in front of it.
A line of little backpackers.
We noticed a lot of small overhangs in the canyon with white pictographs painted underneath. This was one of the better ones.
Stick ‘Em Up! This was another large petroglyph we found this weekend. This figure was around three feet tall.
I have no idea what’s going on here? It looks like chicks in a circle? What do you think?
This was another large panel that I’ve been looking for that we spotted on this trip.
A closer look at the hunter and the net.
These petroglyphs were covered by a blue-colored lichen.
Shortly before sunset on Saturday I revisited a few of my favorite petroglyph panels.
This is definitely one of my favorites in the canyon.
Evolution of Sheep
Sheepwalking in the Evening
The Road To Nine Mile Canyon
The Santa Claus Panel
This vertical panel features a sheep with a spiral tail.
A few petroglyphs located in a corner.
Spiral & Lines
From the very end of the public road Diane spotted this distant panel on private land. This is a heavily cropped photo taken from the fence.
The Family Panel
Alien Rider Panel
Corner Grid Panel
The last new petroglyph panel we spotted on Sunday before leaving the canyon and heading back home. It had a been a great weekend and we found a lot of new rock art!