NINE MILE CANYON -- There's a strange juxtaposition in this east-central Utah gem of a canyon: Despite its ruggedness and relative remoteness, visitors on any given day can see large tanker trucks lumbering along its main road as if it were some major industrial route.
That's because it is. Then, again Nine Mile is many things.
The canyon, which actually is 40 miles long, begins about 12 miles north of the town of Wellington, cutting an impressive gorge through the Book Cliffs, Roan Cliffs, and the heart of the West Tavaputs plateau. While best known for having the highest concentration of Native American rock art in North America, also serves as the most direct way for tankers to haul oil and gas from nearby fields in a region where reliably passable roads are scarce.
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