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The magic of a place long in history and geology Something for everyone in a place where fun is the daily routine Castle Country beckons the explorer in almost everyone. From outstanding natural geologic formations to world class museums. From great reservoirs to small lakes. From the high mountains with alpine views to red rock deserts with slot canyons that penetrate them. Prehistory is a way of life in Castle Country. Almost everywhere one turns they can see the ancient past; in the cliffs where the Fremont built their pit houses to the writings on the rock walls where in some places people so ancient dwelt that their legacy is all but forgotten except for some markings on the stone walls. The modern history of the area is also rich with tales of lore. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid conducted the largest robbery of their careers in Castle Gate, near where the Carbon Power Plant now stands. Two posses hunted for the bandits, but the lawmen actually got in a gunfight with each other, supposing each side was the hunted. Today the area is rich in energy development. Coal bed methane gas pours from wells into people’s homes in much more populated areas through a number of pipelines that have been put in recent years. Coal, a staple in the area since the late 1800s, is brought from deep under the ground and placed either in one of three coal burning plants in the area or transported to other venues to produce electricity for millions of homes. But the heart of the area has little to do with its geography. It has to do with its people – people who came here first to trap, then to farm and finally to become the workers in one of the biggest energy producing places in the west. They came from all walks of life and from dozens of countries. Today their legacy remains in their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and in some cases great- great-grandchildren. The people of the area have valued their lives here in this land rich in heritage many ways. They have built oasis in a desert that is hot in the summer and very cold in the winter. They have produced numerous celebrations to tell about their history and inheritance. Some tell of agriculture, such as Melon Days and Peach Days. Others speak of the makeup of the area, such as International Days, the Greek Festival and Heritage Days. Others show off the communities’ talents such as the Emery and Carbon County Fairs and the Helper Arts and Music Festival. And some events are just for fun, such as Elmo Days, Castle Dale Days and Sunnyside Daze. It’s a kaleidoscope of fantastic sights, wonderful venues, outstanding celebrations which are full of family fun.

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Remnants of cultures past populate the Castle Valley Around every turn there is something ancient

The early white man that came to settle Eastern Utah found the terrain foreboding and hard to exist on,. For thousands of years people have sought to live in Eastern Utah. Remnants of the earliest inhabitants are studied by archaeologists in an attempt to determine how these people lived and why they left. The physical remains of these vanished cultures are small; an image carved on stone, a shattered arrowhead, a broken pot, a crumbling wall, but each tells a very important part of a larger story. Eastern Utah was home to four distinct prehistoric cultures. The earliest, the Paleoindian Culture followed the animal herds and hunted near mammoths, Saber Tooth cats and other large game. After the Ice Age ended, the Desert Archaic Culture returned to a hunting and gathering way of life. They traveled in small bands and were the first ones to leave evidence of their lives in rock art. Later the Fremont Culture dominated Utah. Living in permanent villages and farming, the Fremont left behind many clues to their way of life. Finally, the Ute Culture, a group that still resides in Utah, introduced teepees and migrated with the buffalo to

find food for their families. One of the best treasure troves in the world of undisturbed artifacts exists in Range Creek in the eastern part of Emery County. Until a few years ago the canyon was a private ranch that was guarded by a long time ranching family from the area. Today it is owned by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources that originally purchased it to preserve its wildlife habitat, only to find that ancient remains of peoples long gone were in pristine condition. Over that time archaeologists from the University of Utah and other schools have been working to catalog the sites and to decide what should be done. Hundreds of sites have been found, while probably thousands more yet have to be discovered. Range Creek is closely controlled by the state and no unauthorized vehicles are allowed in the canyon. The number of people who visit each day are also restricted. For more information go to http://nhmu.utah. edu/range-creek/visitor-permits. Overall many archaeologists spend their summers looking a past as rich as the fertile farm land and abundant game that drew these ancient people here.

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Museums everywhere anyone can turn See ancient history, dinosaurs, the old west and the early days of mining










accommodate advance requests and schedule group tours. The majority will also arrange special interest tours and presentations customized to meet visitors needs. Most of the museums in Castle Valley operate gift shops and represent an excellent source for guidebooks, Carbon and Emery counties history, desert plant and animal references and general tourist information. Visitors should call ahead to confirm hours of operation at the museums, especially during off-peak seasons. People can expect to pay a modest admission charge or donation at the door at the museums. (Continued on page 6) A Utahraptor guards the northern entrance to the USU Eastern Museum.



Carbon and Emery counties boast an excellent selection of museums containing unique displays and a wealth of information covering prehistoric, historic and current topics related to the local region. Professionally designed exhibits, dioramas, recreations and artifacts await out-of-town visitors. The facilities include the USU Eastern Prehistoric Museum in Price, the Emery County Pioneer Museum in Castle Dale, the Helper Western Mining and Railroad Museum, the Museum of the San Rafael in Castle Dale, and the John Wesley Powell Museum in Green River. All of the facilities will

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Museums everywhere anyone can turn See ancient history, dinosaurs, the old west and the early days of mining (Continued from page 5)

USU Eastern Prehistoric Museum Located in downtown Price, the Utah State Univeristy Eastern Prehistoric Museum enables visitors to journey back in time to the era of the dinosaurs. Full-sized skeletons of dinosaurs and a magnificent Columbian mammoth greet people entering into the curated facility. In addition, visitors will learn about the discovery of the Utahraptor featured in the popular movie, Jurassic Park. The museum in Price also houses excellent artifacts from the Fremont Indian culture along with dioramas and displays depicting village life and settlement patterns of the Native Americans in the Castle Valley region. The museum is closed Sundays and on major holidays. For information, contact the USU EasternPrehistoric Museum at 435-637-5060.

The Western Mining and Railroad Museum The boundaries of Helper’s national historic district encompass the Western Mining and Railroad Museum complex on Main Street. The facility has several floors filled with displays, pho-

tographs and memorabilia covering coal mining and railroading in the Castle Valley region from before the turn of the century to the present. The facility in downtown Helper has an extensive collection of video as well as a large outdoor display of mining and railroading equipment. For tour appointments or information, contact the Helper Western Mining and Railroad Museum at 435-472-3009.

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The Museum of the San Rafael is also located in Castle Dale. The facility highlights the geology, history, animal and plant life of the San Rafael Swell area. Replicas of dinosaurs and Indian artifacts are two main areas of concentration at the museum. The Sitterud Bundle, listed among the world’s finest Indian artifacts, is on display at the facility as well as sculptures and mounted specimens. Area art and craft shows are often presented. For additional information, contact the Museum of the San Rafael at 435-381-5252.

The John Wesley Powell Museum is headquartered in the city of Green River. Green River is situated at one of the historic river crossings used by the Indians back in prehistoric times. The Spanish Trail, a major commercial route through the southwest used this crossing, along with a ferry which operated for over 30 years in the area and a transcontinental railroad which reached the river in 1882. With the emphasis on the Green River, its tributaries and the history of its exploration, the facility offers one of the best ways to understand the geology and geography of the Colorado Plateau. Filled with creative displays this 20,000 square foot (Continued on page 27)

The Emery County Pioneer Museum in Castle Dale focuses on the region with displays of tools, implements and re-creations of an early home, a mercantile store and a lawyer’s office. A visit will give people a sense of what it was like to build farms and communities in the late 1800s and early 1900s. For information, contact the Emery County Pioneer Museum at 435-381-5154.

Display at the Museum of the San Rafael in Castle Dale.

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The biking opportunities available to people in Castle Valley are nearly unlimited. From the desert terrains with buttes and mesas to the mountainous regions with forest trails, biking is a popular recreational activity in the Carbon-Emery region. The San Rafael Swell provides excellent fat tire biking opportunities. Miles of gravel roads take cyclists on a trip back in time through the centuries into the land where dinosaurs walked and ancient Native Americans left artwork marks. The 40-mile long Nine Mile Canyon offers bikers challenging altitude changes and breathtaking scenery. Riders should pause a moment to observe the rock art, storage structures and village sites of the ancient Fremont culture. With many side canyons to explore and a well maintained roadway, Nine Mile represents an ideal option for all cyclists. For riders who prefer the quiet solitude of the mountains, the Manti-LaSal National Forest provides hundreds of miles of trails. Near Joes Valley Reservoir, biking trails wind through forests that open up into vast open spaces. But not all the trails are an hour from town. Just to the north of Price excellent bicycle trails lead over the hills and into the cedar and juniper trees. Built by PASS (Price Area Singletrack Society), a local biking club, the trails provide all kinds of challenges to those who wish to use them. Maps of the trails are available from PASS (


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In addition to a wide array of biking opportunities, the San Rafael Swell contains a number of excellent hiking spots for people of all ages and all skill levels, from the novice to experienced backpackers. Younger hikers typically tend to gravitate to narrow slot canyons of the San Rafael Reef near Goblin Valley State Park. Walkways through the labyrinths wind around vertical slick rock, narrowing to tight squeezes in several places. For the more experienced hikers, several trails located in the Swell follow the San Rafael River through deep gorges and narrow passageways. Many of these hikes are dangerous and pass through slot canyons. All hikers should contact local agencies for warnings on such hikes because of the dangers of flash flooding, particularly during the monsoon season during some of the summer months. Climbing For those with a wild sense of adventure, Castle Country offers many rock

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A place of flowing water, and beautiful rock Two sides of Castle Country are there for the visitors enjoyment It is the paradox of the western landscape. Water flows while desert views loom large across the region. Right: Cliffs near Eagle Canyon north of I-70 change color as the day progresses. Left: Water pours over Gordon Creek Falls near the base of the MantiLasal National Forest.





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Recreation in multiples Activities outdoors are abundant (Continued from page 8) climbing opportunities. In the historic ghost town region of Spring Canyon west of Helper, rock climbing enthusiasts will find sheer rock cliffs just right for climbing. At the base of one of these cliffs is evidence of some ancient Fremont rock art. This represents old times mingling with the new. In addition some areas of the San Rafael Swell have been known to be climbing havens as well. Contact the Bureau of Land Management about restrictions on such activities in these areas (

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If you like wildlife, you will love Castle Country! From mule deer to elk, from mountain lion to black bear, Castle Country has it all. The Skyline Drive Scenic Backway gives visitors a close look at migrating raptors. Nine Mile Canyon boasts an elk study range, during the fall months visitors to the canyon may hear the startling call of a trophy elk echo through the canyon. The San Rafael Swell has herds of desert bighorn sheep as well as many different species of reptile including rattlesnakes, collared lizards and blow snakes. One of the last free-ranging buffalo herds is located on the Henry Mountains south of the San Rafael Swell. Over 200 buffalo make their home here on the desert range. Pronghorn antelope are visible in the San Rafael Swell and along U.S. Highway 6 from Green River to Wellington. Coyotes, rabbits and a multitude of birds are also seen.

Camping Imagine deep forests and clear streams or perhaps bare rock and sweeping vistas. You can have both in Castle Country. With five outstanding state parks and thousands of acres of public lands, camping opportunities abound in Eastern Utah and offer something for everyone. The Manti-LaSal National Forest provides excellent wildlife viewing and fishing as well as hiking. The dramatic San Rafael Swell has remote campsites and lends itself to exploring, river running and mountain biking.

Rafting If you like water and you like rafts, you will love Castle Country. Rafting down midwestern rivers can be beautiful, but where else but Desolation Canyon can you see cliffs a thousand feet high breaking up a dark blue sky. Or camps on sandbars where the stars twinkle at night in a clear, unpolluted sky. Trips can be arranged through a number of different companies that provide tours.

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Nine Mile Canyon Miles and miles of ancient art, cowboy history and brilliant geology The old saying goes that “the writing is on the wall” which means something is obvious. But in Nine Mile Canyon, the writing occurs on the wall for many miles, writing and graphics from people long gone. And what it means is not so obvious. Nine Mile Canyon is a step back in time, a mysterious step. The stories of people who lived there centuries ago grace the walls of sheer cliffs. This canyon, filled with the best pictographs and petroglyphs in the west, gives a view of the life of ancient Native Americans. This unique canyon outside of Wellington, is an international treasure. Nine Mile Canyon’s rock art has been featured in National Geographic and many other publications because of its beauty and intensity. Over 1,000 sites have been catalogued to date. Large panels of pictographs and petroglyphs can be found just a few feet from the road. Travelers can wonder at the meaning of the carvings of goats, people, calendars and Indian gods. Nine Mile Canyon is surrounded by foreboding desert mountains, cactus and

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Nine Mile Canyon’s length is actually three times the length of what its name claims. It is full of ancient pictographs and petroglyphs, ranching history and magical geological formations.


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Nine Mile Canyon Miles and miles of ancient art, cowboy history and brilliant geology (Continued from page 12) brush-filled dunes and peaks. The Native Americans, farmers, outlaws and ranchers who dared to live in this canyon have fought every ugly element known to Mother Nature. Only the toughest humans that have lived amid these rocky walls have survived. The varied styles of rock art and evidence discovered by archeologists show that this canyon has been home to Native American Indians for thousands of years. One Bureau of Land Management archeologist estimated there are at least 10,000 archeological sites in the canyon. The USU Eastern Prehistoric Museum in Price is a good place to begin a journey through Nine Mile Canyon. Advice from locals who know the area, roadside guidebooks and brochures are available there. Nine Mile is an outdoor museum with remarkable examples of Native American rock art and remnants of dwellings. The area contains the greatest concentration of rock art in the United States. The rugged, remote canyon begins 20

miles north of Wellington and stretches 40 miles along the northern side of the Book Cliffs. Cottonwood Glen in the canyon offers a rest area with toilets and picnic tables. There is also a ranch in the canyon that offers amenities and camping areas along Nine Mile Creek. Carved and painted on desert rock, the artwork offers clues regarding the lives of Castle Valley’s early inhabitants. Hunting scenes, depictions of numerous animal species and readily identifiable human forms etched or painted on the desert cliff faces have managed to survive the ravages of time as well as the elements for thousands of years. Nine Mile Canyon represents the premier spot for viewing, photographing and appreciating rock art. Researchers have determined that a significant number of the rock art panels in the Nine Mile area were created by the members of the Fremont culture. The Fremont were an ancient hunting and farming people who lived in the Nine Mile Canyon more than 1,000 years ago.

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Utah State Parks Five parks, all different, all interesting, all encompassing Scofield State Park

Home to five state parks, Castle Country offers a myriad of different camping, picnicking and sightseeing opportunities.

Scofield State Park off Highway 96 provides views of the dazzling reservoir surrounded by tall pines and green meadows. Two developed campgrounds and a day area, along with boating facilities make this area charming and user friendly. A paradise for fishing and boating fun, the reservoir is home to cutthroat trout, rainbow trout and tiger trout. Many streams also beckon the fishing enthusiast.

Millsite State Park Millsite State Park off State Highway 10 near Ferron offers a great mountain camping experience near a clear fishing stream surrounded by high green mountains and craggy peaks. Twenty campsites, several picnic sites, pavilions, fire pits and all the amenities, including boat ramp and docks are part of this beautiful vacation destination.

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Green River State Park boasts a golf course along with good camping areas with desert exploration only a hop, skip and a jump away.

Green River State Park Huntington State Park Huntington State Park, off State Highway 10 surrounds a lake waiting for boating, water sports, fishing and relaxing under a huge shade tree. The reservoir is one of Utah’s finest warm water fisheries. Only 10 minutes from high mountain country on one side and intense desert beauty on the other, this park offers a central location to experience the best of Castle Country.

The dock at Huntington State Park.

Green River State Park, off I-70 provides boating, kayaking, canoeing and fishing along the world famous Green River. Camping facilities are available at the 63-acre park with 42 units, restrooms, hot showers, small amphitheater, sewage dump station and a boat ramp. Enjoy day trips to the rugged canyons once explored by Major John Wesley Powell, or spend a day on the golf course.

Goblin Valley State Park, off State Highway 24 and I-70, is a part of the San Rafael Swell and provides a look at nature’s sense of humor as you gaze at eerie shapes of rock against a background of high desert mountains. There are well marked hiking trails through this valley of unique rock sculptures carved by wind and water for millions of years. Nearby are popular slot canyons and traces of early Indian and mining activity. The park has a 21-unit campground with all amenities.

Many of the “hoodoos” at Goblin Valley State Park.

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The library that is the Book Cliffs A geologist’s dream can be the visit of a lifetime for ATV vacationers The Bookcliffs. The very name brings up images of sharp escarpments, coal mines and even some mystery. It’s a place where men made fortunes out of black rock and others lost their lives because of it. It’s a place where the cattle still run free, and history (as well as pre-history) faces the traveler at every turn. It’s a place of ancient rock writings on stark, dry, desert stone and beautiful stands of pine and aspen shrouding snow until the middle of summer. It is a land of contrasts and continuity. The Book Cliffs surround the Castle Valley from Helper to Green River. Their strata and composition make for interesting hikes and rides. Let your imagination roam for a second as we travel to beach front properties, observe great white sandy beaches, watch powerful waves slap against rock outcrops and visualize seas filled with sharks and fishes. Now, snap yourself back to reality, and imagine all this in Carbon and Emery County. It’s hard to think this could be possible but go back 82 million years and that’s exactly what Castle Country looked liked. For the some the cliffs are just rock. But while people are familiar with students attending classes in a variety of settings it’s not every day when the classrooms are sandstone formations, sedimentary rock structures, and the deposits of ancient deltas. Yet geoscentists, engineers and students from all over the world

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have been coming to Castle Valley for years to explore the geological wonders. For the energy industry it can be a place of training. Being able to walk on it, see the layers or rock as they have developed makes a big difference in learning about geology of the past and present. There are secrets in the rocks. The attraction of these field localities to researchers and students of geology alike include an unsurpassed opportunity to study the internal characteristics and stratigraphic architecture of a variety of deposited systems from continental to shallow marine environments The Cretaceous strata of the Book Cliffs and Coal Cliffs of southeast Utah are one of the world’s premier resources for the study and understanding of high resolution sequence stratigraphy. Numerous stratigraphic research projects have been conducted in the Book Cliffs and Coal Cliffs over the past 40 years. The Ferron Sandstone has been studied extensively since the early 1980s. The excellent outcrops have prompted many oil and gas industry analog studies which have included the drilling of behind outcrop wells. While traipsing through the cliffs and canyons the geologists and gas experts were determining trends and patterns, observing marine shale, looking for basins, shores, sands formations, and speculating where the rivers, beaches, fields, coastal planes, and deposits could be located. For the average person this means many kinds of unusual geologic formation in canyons around the Castle Valley. While most people are not trained geologists, the Book Cliffs can be a source of inspiration and imagination. And probably no


A cable that supports gondolas that were used in an attempt to extract tar sands from just below Bruin Point still spans Water Canyon. The gondolas are of interest to almost everyone who passes through and can easily be seen from the road that heads up toward Bruin Point.

place displays the Bookcliffs’ vast diversity than the Bruin Point loop road that winds from Sunnyside’s Whitmore Canyon to Cottonwood Canyon where the Great Hunt rock art panel stands. For years the loop was literally inaccessible to most people because of the private purchase of land that closed the best route through the area. But a few years ago that changed when state and federal agencies worked with the private land owner to open up the road and create what can be one of the most beautiful and at times white knuckle rides anywhere in the state. In 2006, after a new road was cut through part of the area to make the road accessible to all comers, the Carbon County commissioners approved an ordinance opening it to use by ATVs. In addition to OHV use, the approved routes were also opened for horses, other motorized vehicles and foot traffic. The route begins basically where Utah Highway 123, that

runs through East Carbon and Sunnyside, leaves off. It heads up Whitmore Canyon and just before the paved road ends, the trail cuts left on Bruin Point Road. The canyon that the road follows is Water Canyon. As travelers enter the canyon one of the first points of interest are the cables that hang first along the ledges of the canyon and then at one point high above them. The gondolas still hanging from the cables and the wooden support structures are the remains of attempts to extract tar sands from the cliffs on the way to Bruin Point. At times, the road comes within a few feet of the decaying wood frames supporting the cable lines. The road up to Bruin Point has been improved by the county. Though pitted with ditches and littered with rocks, the road is fairly well maintained considering the kind of traffic that travels (Continued on page 32)

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General map to catch the sights Map to lead you to adventure in Emery and Carbon counties

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Museums Copyright 1998 Carbon County, Utah. All Rights Reserved. Some information contained herein is the proprietary property of the County of Carbon in the State of Utah and may not be used or 1 CEU Prehistoric Museum, 155 East Main, Price reproduced except as approved by Carbon County. Carbon County assumes no liability for errors or omissions in any information. 2 Museum of the San Rafael, 96 North 100 East, Castle Dale Base Reference Data from: 3 Western Mining & Railroad Museum, 296 South Main, Helper State of Utah Automated Geographic Reference Center and the Carbon County Geographic Information Center. Map printed February, 1998. 4 John Wesley Powell River Historic Museum, 885 East Main, Green River For reprints of this and other maps, contact the Carbon County Geographic Information Program 5 Emery Pioneer Museum, 93 East 100 North, Castle Dale 120 East Main Street Price, UT 84501 • (435) 636-3265

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Castle Country Events for 2013 Small town celebrations, art and car shows, and people having fun


Lunch provided @ Carbon Country Club. Sign up @ Carbon Rec. 435-636-3702. June 29 at 7 p.m. Miss Emery County pageant

June 1. USRA Wildwest Motocross. Motorcycles and four wheelers race though the course, fly over hills and maneuver sharp turns. Carbon County Fairgrounds.

June 28-29. Heritage Days Rodeo beginning at 7 p.m. at the Huntington Rodeo Arena.

June 4. Rocky Mountain Mine Rescue competition. Rescue teams from the Intermountain West compete for prizes using their mine rescue skills. USU Eastern campus. All day. June 6. Price Culture Connection at Peace Gardens in Price. Jeff Keele Band. 7-9 p.m. June 7. Annual Castle Country Rock. Fossil and Mineral Show. Carbon County Events Center. Begins at 10 a.m. Complete with necklaces, bracelets, jewelry, vases, etc all for sale. Something for the entire family. June 7. Black Diamond Rodeo. Carbon County Fairgrounds. Starts at 5 p.m. This annual event not only features some of our areas greatest participants, but also attracts cowboys and cowgirls from all over. June 8. United Way Golf Tournament at Carbon Country Club. Four Person Scramble. Entry Fee includes all green fees, cart, golfer gifts, continental breakfast, lunch and drawing ticket. June 13. Price Culture Connection at Peace Gardens in Price. Mary Lou Steele. 7-8:30 p.m. June 14. Helper Outlaw Car Show and Cruise In. Begins at 5 p.m. June 15. Helper Outlaw Car Show. Begins at 9 a.m. June 15. Stock Car racing at Desert Thunder Raceway in Price. Begins at 6 p.m. June 15-Castle Dale San Rafael Summerfest at the rodeo grounds, free swim day, kids rodeo, barbeque for a buck, games in the park.

July July 2-4. Huntington Heritage Days celebration. Huntington’s Got Talent; Heritage days chicken dinner and dessert at the Main Street park, pet show with baby contest at the city park. MECCA bike ride. July 4- Flag ceremony at 6 a.m. at the city park. Fireman’s Fun Run at the city park at 6 a.m. Breakfast at the city park from 7-9 a.m.; Kids parade beginning at 9:30 a.m. and the Main Event parade beginning at 10 a.m. Fireworks at dusk at the ball complex. July 4. Energy Days at the Carbon County Fairgrounds. Free hot dog and drink to first 1,000 people, pie eating contests, coal shoveling contest. Fireworks that night. Begins at 5 p.m. July 4. Price Culture Connection. July 5-6. Pleasant Valley Days in Scofield. Parade and games. Duckie Race. Fireworks on Saturday night. July 11. Price Culture Connection at Peace Gardens in Price. Kristy Woodhouse and Sherrie Vlamakis. 7-9 p.m. July 12-13. Greek Festival Days at Greek Church in Price. Begins noon on Friday. Come join us for two days filled with authentic, delicious Greek food, the famous Greek dancing, entertainment, church tours, gift shop and fun! July 12-13. Grassy Trail Rodeo in Sunnyside. Begins both nights at 7:30 p.m. July 12-13 San Rafael Classic sprint triathlon at the Huntington Lake state park.

June 20. Price Culture Connection at Peace Gardens in Price. James Drurry and Magician. 7-8:30 p.m.

July 13. Community Daze in Sunnyside. Food, fun, entertainment in Sunnyside Park. Car Show. Begins at 7 a.m.

June 21-22. Carbon County Relay for Life at USU Eastern Track. June 22. Lunatic Triathlon. Washington Park and Desert Wave Pool in Price. Begins at 4 a.m. Get caught up in the lunacy as you compete in a 5K run, 9 mile bike ride, and 300 yard swim under the nearly full moon. June 22. Demolition Derby at Carbon County Fairgrounds. Begins at 7 p.m. June 27. Price Culture Connection at Peace Gardens in Price. Jennifer Garcia. 7-8:30 p.m.

July 16-20- Cleveland Days 24th of July celebration Skeet shoot, bike ride, parade, lamb fry dinner in the park on July 19. July 20-breakfast, parade, kids games, food, fireworks and a dance. July 18-20. Single Action Shooting Society State Championship (or the Castle Gate Robbery). Cowboy action shooting at its best. The event is held at the North Springs Recreation Area at the Cowboy Town Shooting Range. July 18. Price Culture Connection at Peace Gardens in Price. Los Hermanos De Los Andes Band 7-9 p.m.

June 28 at 6 p.m. Little Miss Emery /Junior Miss/Miss Teen pageant June 28-29. Range Creek Tour. Begins June 28 at 6 p.m. June 29. Mike Ballard Golf Tournament. 1 p.m. Shotgun start, Four Man Scramble,

July 19-20. Wellington Pioneer Days. Friday night dinner in the park 6:30 p.m. catered by Cowboy Club, purchase dinner tickets at Wellington City Hall @ 637-5213 or that night at a higher price. Entertainment. Saturday, Parade 10 a.m. Breakfast in the park @ 7 a.m., games, food, booths and entertainment. Contact Wellington City

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Castle Country Events for 2013 Small town celebrations, art and car shows, and people having fun Hall 637-5213 July 20-24 Emery Town 24th of July celebration. Softball games in the park, breakfast in the park, program, dinner, parade, kids games and fireworks. July 19-24 Orangeville Days; breakfast in the park, lamb fry dinner; parade and kids games in the park. Fun Run.

ence Demo. 5 p.m. Softball Tournament (Co-Ed) 6 p.m. Show Me What You’ve Got Talent Show Preliminaries 7 p.m. August 8-10. Robbers Roost Team Roping at the Carbon County Fairgrounds. August 8-10 Elmo Horse and Buggy Days; kid’s rodeo, dinner in the park, parade. August 10. Womens OHV Challenge. Come ride, women only, no boys. 8 a.m.

July 25-27. Price International Days and Car Show. 7/25 Price City International Days. Pool Party, Noon – 8 p.m. Desert Wave Pool. Free. Carnival & Family fun 6 - 10 p.m. Park. Concert & Entertainment 7 - 10 p.m. Peace Garden. 7/26 Kids Parade starts @ City Hall. 9:15 a.m. Activities, Entertainment, Noon – 9 p.m. Peace Garden Burnout Contest, 7 p.m. Movie 9:15 – 11 p.m. Pioneer Park. 7/27 Lions Club Breakfast 7 – 10 a.m. Washington Park, 5K Run-Walk/Run 7:30 a.m., at Carbon Rec. Grand Parade, 700 E. Main. 10 a.m. Entertainment, Noon – 9 p.m. Texaco Country Showdown 6 - 9 p.m. Washington Park. Grass Roots Garden Party Musical Jam- Frankie & Olie 6 - 9 p.m., Peace Garden. C.C. Rec. Horseshoe & B.B. Tournaments; Noon - 9 p.m. 636-3702. Movie 9:15 – 11 p.m. Car, Motorcycle & Truck Show, Pioneer Park. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday 636-3180. July 25, 26, 27- Desertview Pro Rodeo at 7:30 p.m. each night at the Castle Dale rodeo arena. July 26-27- Relay for Life cancer walk beginning at 5 p.m. at the Emery High track. July 27-Crandall Canyon marathon. Aug. 1. Price Culture Connection at Peace Gardens in Price. The New Lasslo Brothers Band. 7-9 p.m. July 31, Aug. 1-3 Emery County Fair and free concert. July 31- free swim day at the Aquatics center and free ice cream social; Aug. 1-3 fair activities at the Castle Dale fairgrounds. Kids day, Teen Day and Senior days at the fair. Kids games, baby contest, pet contest, exhibits, food vendors, booths in the park, grand parade on Saturday at 10 a.m. Hypno Hick in the park on Saturday after the parade; entertainment all day at the fair park; free concert featuring Chase Rice beginning at 7 p.m. at the Aquatics Center.

August August 3-4. USRA Motocross at the Carbon County Fairgrounds. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Practice on Saturday 8 - 10 a.m. Sunday 8 - 10 a.m. August 4. Slovenian Day Picnic at Washington Park in Price. August 8. Out the Back Door Band. 7 - 9 p.m. August 8-10. Carbon County Fair. 4-H & Home Arts Exhibits 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Blood Drive 10 a.m. Animal Expo Judging – 10 a.m. – Noon. Live Entertainment Noon – 10 p.m., RC Vehicle Race Demo 1 p.m., Climbing Wall 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Wild Horse Adoption 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Kids Day Activities Noon - 3 p.m. Timothy the Magician, Clown, 911-safety, Utah Hwy. Patrol crash demo, Climbing wall, live entertainment, & more. Contests for Youth & Adults 4 p.m. Cookie on the face, 6 p.m. Toilet Paper Challenge. Goat Showmanship Clinic 4 p.m. 4-H Dog Obedi-

August 15. Price Culture Connection at Peace Gardens in Price. Rebecca Taylor Singers. 7-8:30 p.m. August 16-17. Stock car racing at Desert Thunder Raceway in Price. Starts at 6 p.m. August 16-18. Helper Arts Festival. Begins at 3 p.m. on Friday on Helper’s Main Street. Festival patrons enjoy three days of stellar fine arts and crafts in the Artists Marketplace featuring over 65 booths. From free live music on the park main stage to theatre performances at The Rio Theatre to the annual custom car show, there is always something new to see at Carbon County’s only fine arts festival. August 22. Price Culture Connection at Peace Gardens in Price. Jennifer Lopez and Whitney Bigelow. 7 - 9 p.m. August 29. Price Culture Connection at Peace Gardens in Price. TBA. 7 - 9 p.m.

September Sept. 6. Helper First Friday. Sept. 5-7- Ferron Peach Days celebration; golf tourney, dinner at the rodeo grounds, parade, games at the mayor’s park. bike ride, talent show and much more. Exhibits at the city hall building. Sept. 7 Little Grand Canyon Marathon starts at Huntington city park at 6 a.m. Sept. 7-Millsite Peach Days Golf scramble Sept. 13. Range Creek Tour. Begins Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. Sept. 14. Mammoth Marathon. Begins at 6:15 a.m. Sept. 21. Nine Mile Canyon Tour. Begins at 8 a.m. Sept. 20-21 Melon Days in Green River; vendors in the park, softball tourney, parade, kids games, food vendors; all the free watermelon you can eat at the park all day; square dancers. Sept. 21-22. Range Creek Tour. Begins at 6 p.m. on Sept. 21. Sept. 27-29 San Rafael Mountain Bike fall festival at the Wedge. Sept. 28- Green River fall two man scramble at the Green River Golf Course. Sept. 28. Museum Day Live at the USU Eastern Prehistoric Museum. Begins 8 a.m.

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The San Rafael Swell Where prehistoric meets ancient The locals call it the “Swell.” Some other people call it endangered. Others just see it as the marvel it is. Regardless of what one calls it the San Rafael Swell is one of Utah’s fastest growing tourist destinations. Most of this huge area is open to the public and adventures are left only to the visitor’s imagination. The Swell is 2,000 square miles of public land, known for its scenic sandstone formations, deep canyons, desert streams, and expansive panoramas.The Swell is a massive maze of winding canyons, broken fins and multi-hued buttes scattered in a tightly defined oblong directly in the heart of Utah. The geological wonder is located between Castle Dale, Green River, Hanksville, and the northern end of Capitol Reef National Park. It was widely unknown until the 1870s, when Interstate 70 punched through the middle of it. Here millions of years of layered sediment was pushed up into a massive bubble, which then eroded down leaving jagged edges poking up. Wilderness beauty awaits you in the vast open area of the San Rafael Swell. Whether visitors choose the power of this still untamed land on a bike, on foot, on horseback, by car, in a 4-wheel drive or on an ATV, the grandeur of the

The Cedar Mountain Recreation Area overlook gives one the sense of how large the San Rafael Swell and Reef are. Off in the distance one can see Buckhorn Flat and Draw, as well as areas near Sinbad and Eagle Canyon in the distance.

high cliffs, deep ravines and magnificent mountains will never leave them. Volumes have been published about the Swell but here is a brief overview of some of the significant sights:

Buckhorn Draw and San Rafael Bridge Once the scene of outlaw chases, Buckhorn Draw, a long, steep-walled canyon, is the main northern gateway to the Swell. A canyon highlight is the interpreted Buckhorn Draw Native American rock art site. These striking figures were restored as Emery County’s Utah Centennial Project in 1996.

The Wedge Overlook It provides a striking view of the Little Grand Canyon, the San Rafael River, and the Sid’s Mountain Wilderness Study Area. To protect the fragile resources, notably an endangered cactus species, use of motorized vehicles and mountain bikes is limited to designated roads and camping is limited to designated sites. To visit the overlook, drive from the town of Cleveland south towards the San Rafael Recreation Site. Continue beyond the Buckhorn Reservoir just over four miles to the water tank at the Buckhorn Flat Well. After passing the tank, go left at the next intersection and continue six miles to the overlook.

Cedar Mountain Recreation Area Hondoo Arch as seen from the south side of Tomsich Butte.

Cedar Mountain towers over the

northern San Rafael Swell and is ideal for getting a “bird’s eye” view. An exhibit at this cliff-top overlook summarizes area geology.

Engineer Rock Engineer Rock lays near an old railroad bed just south of Cedar Mountain. The rock was a repository for inscriptions written by those who worked on a railroad bed nearby in the late 1800s that never ended up haivng a train run on it. Miles to the east of Engineer Rock there are also dwellings where the railroad builders lived and worked out of. These stone structures and the cuts for the railroad that were dug into broken stone show the hard work that went into constructing the rail road that never was.

San Rafael Reef and Moroni Slopes The San Rafael Reef, accessible from Highway 24 on unpaved roads, is relatively flat with many areas of low sand dunes. The spectacular San Rafael Reef dominates the eastern side of the Swell. Erosion has smoothed the jagged, upturned Navajo sandstone face of the reef and cut deep canyons. These canyons are ideal for hiking, scrambling and exploring.

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Nestled among mature cottonwood trees, lined by the Green River and surrounding the Green River State Park campground lies a top-notch par-36 nine-hole golf course. The Green River State Park golf course offers meandering fairways, lakes and traps and is challenging and fun for all levels of golfers. Green River State Park is open all year and reservations are accepted from March 15 to Oct. 15. Stay limit is 14 days. The park can accommodate 42 trailers, with a maximum recreational vehicle length set at 45 feet. There are 40 tent sites available for visitors. Camping and day-use fees apply. In addition to the amenities inside the park, recreationists have ready access to nearby hiking, biking and off-highway vehicle trails. For information on reservations, contact the state park office in Green River at 435-564-3633. The golf course may be reached at 435-564-8882.

Millsite State Park With a par 36 and nine hole course, this could be one of the most beautiful courses in the West. The course sits at the bottom of magnificent desert cliffs, near the Millsite Reservoir. This is a challenging course, but well worth the experience for any golfer. It is unique because the fairways are isolated. The course winds its way down to Millsite Reservoir’s dam and then back up. There are many elevation changes. In May and June water spills from the dam, creating a waterfall and stream that runs along some fairways.

Carbon Country Club Get a tee time at Castle Country’s finest golf course, the Carbon Country Club. This premier facility is open to the public seven days a week. This 18hole facility rates as one of the finest facilities in the state. The entire course is nestled below sandstone bluffs and towering sheer cliffs. The golf course is meticulously groomed and manicured as the Price River winds through the front nine holes with large cottonwoods and pines bordering the fairways. The back nine is the newer nine and gets better year after year. With the addition of 77 pine trees to the back and a waterfall next to the 16th green, this course is truly one of the finest courses in the entire state. The golf course is very affordably priced. There is a fully stocked pro shop with all the latest in golf equipment and apparel, as well as a snack bar and fine dining restaurant to make the guest’s golfing experience enjoyable and complete. For tee time reservations or any information call (435) 637-2388.

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The San Rafael Swell Where prehistoric meets ancient Head of Sinbad and Swasey’s Cabin Just off I-70, the Head of Sinbad area invites camping, hiking and exploring. The elements have molded the buff colored sandstone into pocketed watchtowers and other fanciful shapes. Members of the Swasey family first grazed livestock in the area in the late 1800s. Today visitors may see the log cabin they built in 1921.

Hondoo Arch and Tomsich Butte Hondoo Arch is a large natural opening that rests high above Muddy Creek. The abandoned Dirty Devil uranium mines at Tomsich Butte were started by W. J. Hanret and John Tomsich in 1951. The undeveloped Hondoo Arch and Tomsich Butte area is rich in opportunities for hiking, camping, mountain biking and exploring.

Mussentuchit Sand Dunes Although these dunes are relatively small in area, they provide interesting riding for off-highway vehicle enthusiasts.

Hidden Splendor The Hidden Splendor uranium mine was famous in Utah. Originally named the Delta, it was started by Vernon Pick in 1952. He extracted a million dollars of ore before selling the mine. It closed in 1957 without reaching its estimated potential. The site of the old mine is tucked away in a canyon, at the southern end of the Swell.

Keesle Country Keesle Country is a maze of canyons in the southwest corner of the Swell. A short hike or horseback ride into this roadless area will provide an introduction to its primitive character.

Temple Mountain Temple Mountain, located to the northwest of Goblin Valley, is the highest point along the San Rafael Reef. This area was once one of the most active mining operations during Utah’s uranium boom days. Although the mines are now long closed, the numerous roads left behind by the miners provide access for off-highway vehicle riders.

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Museums everywhere anyone can turn See ancient history, dinosaurs, the old west and the early days of mining (Continued from page 6) museum contains a variety of exhibits, lighted maps and dioramas, plus full size replicas of actual boats, and a River Runners hall of fame all tell the story of people who sought to challenge a river and lived to tell the world. A theater is available for special showings of a multimedia presentation on the river, along with an art gallery featuring beautiful paintings and scultures by various artists. There are displays of early river craft, excerpts from journals of early explorers and an excellent video presentation. The gift shop at the museum in Green River city houses one of the better selections of guide books and regional histories currently available. For additional information, interested parties may contact the John Wesley Powell Museum at 435-564-3526.

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Rich in culture From history to art Utah is an extraordinarily rich state in terms of its archeological past. Native Americans have lived in every part of the state from extremely ancient times, and have left rock art reminders of their presence in all parts of the state. One of the oldest cultures in Utah is the widespread desert culture that had a continuity of basic form for nearly 10,000 years. In Utah this incredibly stable culture persisted until about 500 A.D. when it blended with, grew into, or was replaced by the Fremont Culture. The culture that is characteristically, and almost exclusively, Utahn is this Fremont Culture which was first described by Noel Morss in 1931. It is perhaps best represented in the canyons to the east of the Wasatch Mountains from Vernal to the Colorado River, but evidence of it is found all over Utah, except for a small corner in San Juan County. Cottonwood Canyon leads up toward Peters Point from Nine Mile Canyon. Within this canyon lies many ancient panels and ruins, including the famous Great Hunt Panel. When it appeared is a much debated point, but about 500 A.D., the old hunting and gathering culture gave way to a partly farming culture which included some ideas from the Anasazi farmers to the south. Along with many other distinctive characteristics, the Fremont people developed their own art style. This was typified by horned, trapezoidal-bodied anthropomorphs (human-like objects) which seem to have been made everywhere the Fremont people lived. In the more prominent Fremont areas such as Nine Mile Canyon and sites in the San Rafael Swell these are large and have many elaborations such as necklaces, earrings, shields, swords, loin cloths and fancy headdresses. The Fremont people also developed a stylized way of making spirals, zig zags, scorpions, mountain sheep, deer, snakes and hunting scenes. The late Lynn Fausett was born and reared in Price. He is a nationally famous artist who has won local acclaim for his paintings in the lobby of the Price Municipal Building. In 1940, he did the “Barrier Canyon Murals” as a WPA Project. There are two separate canvases. The one on display in the College of Eastern Utah Prehistoric Museum is the smaller of two (12 x 22 ft.) and depicts approximately the left hand one-fourth of the Great Gallery. The other, larger canvas (12 x 80 ft.) hangs in the Utah Museum of Natural History at the University of Utah.

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Loops and roads bring adventure Energy Loop, Huntington/Eccles Canyon Scenic Byway The Energy Loop (Huntington and Eccles Canyon National Scenic Byway) and Indian Canyon provide breathtaking views of scenery in the area. This beautiful canyon is called the Energy Loop because of the coal mines throughout the mountain terrain that provide fuel to power plants. Electric Lake provides water for the Huntington Power Plant located down the mountain. Maintained by state and national agencies, the Byway provides a series of kiosks for the well-informed traveler. Relax, enjoy the picturesque atmosphere and learn the geologic, historical and environmental background of each region. Home to thousands of plant species, enjoy the many varieties of trees and flowers. Bird watchers appreciate the solitude of watching meadow larks, eagles, hawks and a multitude of birds that live or migrate through Castle Country. Hunting season brings game hunters from all over the world to try their skill against the elk, deer, bear and mountain lions that call the loop home. Leisurely follow crystal clear streams that follow or intersect the loop. Or, challenge yourself to a high-mountain trail filled with sheer ascents and canyons that drop thousands of feet demanding skill and strict attention. Picnic in well maintained campgrounds or in a secluded grove of aspens and pines. Camp where amenities abound or so far away that no amenities can be found. Enjoy the seasons along the loop. Spring, with its bulging streams, budding trees, melting snow and promise of renewal. Summer, filled with bright wild-flowers, crystal streams, dense foliage and peaceful enjoyment. Autumn comes alive with the fiery colors of an enchanted forest to be seen; but not quite believed. Winter creates a study in contrasts from the whiteness of the snow and rich green of the pines to the quiet cross-country skier seeking the quiet solitude of the snow, or to the thrill-seeking, rambunctious snowmobiler.

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Cleveland Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry A gathering of ancient fossils tell the story of dinosaurs Imagine a trap where hundreds and many thousands of animals died millions of years ago. That kind of a place would be a treasure house for the scientist and laymen alike. Well one doesn’t need to imagine because it exists. As the world’s only known dinosaur predator trap, the Cleveland-Lloyd Quarry preserves the most concentrated collection of Jurassic dinosaur bones found anywhere on earth. Bones of 74 individual dinosaurs have been excavated at the quarry site, with nearly 70 percent of the fossils belonging to the meat eater Allosaurus. In total, more than 12,000 bones have been excavated from Cleveland-Lloyd. In addition to fossil beds, the remnants of prehistoric stream channels exist in the hills around the quarry site in Emery County. Dinosaur tracks from the stegosaurs, Camarasaurs, Apatosaurs, Diplodocus, Camptosaurs, Allosaurs and a smaller prehistoric predator were recently discovered along the channels. From one wall hangs a map showing locations of more than 60 museums around the world that boast Cleveland-Lloyd material.

The visitor center also features three wall-mounted dinosaurs. Information about the history of the quarry and the San Rafael Swell is also available. On select days, paleontologists and volunteers can be seen excavating bones or preparing fossilized materials for study. The quarry is located in the northern part of the San Rafael Swell, 32 miles south of Price. From Price, Castle Valley residents and visitors to the Carbon-Emery area should travel along Utah Highway 10 south to the Cleveland/Elmo turnoff. Motorists should take the ClevelandElmo turnoff and follow the directory signs to the quarry. The last 12 miles to the Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry are on graded unpaved road. From Huntington, visitors should follow Utah Highway 10 north and take the Cleveland turnoff. After reaching Cleveland, people should drive south toward the San Rafael Swell and follow the signs. A picnic area is available at the quarry. Collection of vertebrate fossils, including dinosaur material, is prohibited on all public lands. The quarry is open weekends; Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays (weather permitting) from early in March until Me-

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The library that is the Book Cliffs A geologist’s dream can be the visit of a lifetime for ATV vacationers (Continued from page 16) on it and the abuse it takes from the weather in the winter and during summer thundershowers. At first the road is just a dirt road and is not too rough or steep. But then the grade starts to flow to reach the top and the incline increases dramatically with frequent switchbacks. These features make it impassible for most regular cars. Only high clearance vehicles with four-wheel drive can make it over the pass. However, the road is perfect for ATVs and horses. About halfway to Bruin Point the traveler will pass the remains of the loading area for the gondolas. Some of the equipment is still in place, but the area is very dangerous and should not be accessed. As the road approaches the summit of the pass over Bruin Point, it reaches the highest elevation of the

trail. Bruin Point sits at more than 10,131 feet above sea level. Communication towers mark the highest point of the route. Bruin Point has a number of radio towers. Signs at the bases of structures tell passersby the purpose of the towers. Some of the towers are used by the United States Federal Aviation Administration. Others are for telephone and television. This is the highest point of the Roan Cliffs. To the east, trail users can see to the Green River and beyond. To the south, the trail overlooks the Castle Valley. On a clear day, visitors to the point can overlook the north end of the San Rafael Swell and see the smoke stacks of the Hunter Power Plant near Castle Dale. At Bruin Point, the trail splits. A sign denotes that the traveler has



arrived at the point, and that Patmos Ridge is toward the southeast. Take the other fork which has a sign pointing toward Dry Canyon. Bruin Point itself is above the timberline, but just below its altitude the mountain is surrounded by stands of pine and aspen. But as the trail descends down the this side of the point, trail users are back into densely forested hillsides. These north-east facing slopes are still sometimes spotted with snow in early July. As the traveler drives away from the point toward Dry Canyon there is a large amount of property that is private and the public should avoid going off the road for any reason. This is also a place where the public can drive on roads that will take them through other Bureau of Land Management ground, but the wrong roads will end in locked gates, because of private property. Also, there is a long stretch on one road that runs over private ground that has signs at each end warning those who use the road that they shouldn’t even stop on that section of road, much less go off the beaten path. The roads can be confusing to

those who want to get to Nine Mile Canyon from this point. Just follow Dry Canyon signs and eventually one will end up in front of an old water tank where another sign pointing back to Bruin Point and on to Dry Canyon and Nine Mile Canyon exists. The trip down into Dry Canyon runs along the top of the ridge and then it dives down on the north slope of the mountain. Even in dry summer weather some parts of this road can have mud on them because of the patches of melting snow that can be seen and even touched from the road. This is also a good place to see deer and elk as well as other animals. Remember this is also cattle country and stock can show up in the road at any turn. After the route down Dry Canyon drops below 8,000 feet, the road follows Dry Creek. The canyon bottom widens and continues its slow descent. As the road approaches Nine Mile Canyon, petroglyphs on the canyon walls remind trail users that this route may have been used more than (Continued on page 34)

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The library that is the Book Cliffs A geologist’s dream can be the visit of a lifetime for ATV vacationers (Continued from page 16) a thousand years ago by Fremont Indians. The route hits Nine Mile Canyon near The Mummy (petroglyph). More petroglyphs welcome trail users along Nine Mile Canyon Road. One set is on the north wall of the canyon, opposite the junction with Dry Canyon. On Nine Mile Canyon Road, the trail continues east to Cottonwood Canyon. At the mouth of the canyon, two more sets of petroglyphs are visible on the west wall of the canyon. The route veers out of Cotton-

wood Canyon and heads up Twin Hollow. A steep road out of the hollow takes trail users past a straight section of road that is wide enough and long enough to be used by small planes as a landing strip. In Cottonwood Canyon the route passes the famous Great Hunt Panel, a burial site and the remains of a Fremont village before joining Nine Mile Canyon Road. A short section of Nine Mile Canyon road has been opened for ATV use between Dry Canyon and Cottonwood Canyon. The 1.5-mile stretch passes

Rasmussen Cave and the improved interpretation site at Daddy Canyon. While OHV riders have been traveling this route frequently, OHV use in Nine Mile was not sanctioned prior to the passage of the ordinance the commission passed last year. Other sections of Nine Mile Canyon Road remain closed for OHV riders, who may be cited if they are found riding on other sections of the road. For some the hope is that one day a trail will exist that will allow people on ATVs to make a real loop from Sunnyside through Bruin Point to Nine Mile, down the canyon to its

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