Author: Jerry D. Spangler
Release Date: 2013-04-01
With an estimated 10,000 ancient rock art sites, Nine Mile Canyon has long captivated people the world over. The author takes the reader on a journey into Nine Mile Canyon through the eyes of the generations of archaeologists who have gone there only to leave bewildered by what it all means.
Author: Jerry D. Spangler
Release Date: 2015-10-01
"Nine Mile Canyon's role in the Old West--a story of fur trappers and miners, ranchers and homesteaders, cattle barons and barkeeps, outlaws and bounty hunters Nine Mile Canyon is famous the world over for its prehistoric art images and remnants of ancient Fremont farmers. But it also teems with Old West history that is salted with iconic figures of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Last Chance Byway lays out this newly told story of human endeavor and folly in a place historians have long ignored. The history of Nine Mile Canyon is not so much a story of those who lived and died there as it is of those whose came with dreams and left broke and disillusioned, although there were exceptions. Sam Gilson, the irascible U.S. marshal and famed polygamist hunter, became wealthy speculating in a hydrocarbon substance bearing his name, Gilsonite, a form of asphalt. The famed African American Buffalo Soldiers constructed a freight road through the canyon that for a time turned the Nine Mile Road into one of the busiest highways in Utah. Others who left their mark include famed outlaw hunter Joe Bush, infamous bounty hunter Jack Watson, the larger-than-life cattle baron Preston Nutter, and Robert Leroy Parker (known to most as Butch Cassidy)"--Provided by publisher.
Author: David Grant Noble
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Release Date: 2015-09-20
Genre: Social Science
This fourth edition of David Grant Noble's indispensable guide to archaeological ruins of the American Southwest includes updated text and many newly opened archaeological sites. From Alibates Flint Quarries in Texas to the Zuni-Acoma Trail in New Mexico, readers are provided with such favorites as Chaco Canyon and new treasures such as Sears Kay Ruin. In addition to descriptions of each site, Noble provides time-saving tips for the traveler, citing major highways, nearby towns and the facilities they offer, campgrounds, and other helpful information. Filled with photos of ruins, petroglyphs, and artifacts, as well as maps, this is a guide every traveler needs when exploring the Southwest.
Presenting “the real deal” of American antiquity—as opposed to the hyped fare of many cable TV shows—Kenneth Feder invites readers to explore the stunning technological, architectural, engineering, and artistic achievements of America’s first peoples. Part travel guide, part friendly reference, Ancient America showcases fifty iconic and publicly-accessible sites located across the contiguous United States—including monumental pyramids of earth, “castles” ensconced in cliff niches, and vast rock art galleries. Among the places profiled are four World Heritage Sites (Chaco Canyon, NM; Mesa Verde, CO; Cahokia, IL; Poverty Point, LA); numerous Historic Landmarks and National Monuments (including Crystal River, FL; Town Creek Mound, NC; Casa Grande, AZ; and Hovenweep, UT); and stunningly diverse sites ranging from Serpent Mound (OH) and Horsethief Lake (WA) to Canyon de Chelly (AZ) and Nine Mile Canyon (UT). In addition to practical visitor information, Feder tells the fascinating stories of each site as revealed by archaeological research. Introductory chapters delve into the deep past of Native America; historical and cultural details as well as original photography round out the site entries. Readers will be inspired to visit these remarkable places where the past continues to resonate in the present.
Author: David Roberts
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Release Date: 2015-04-13
Genre: Social Science
An award-winning author and veteran mountain climber takes us deep into the Southwest backcountry to uncover secrets of its ancient inhabitants. For more than 5,000 years the Ancestral Puebloans—Native Americans who flourished long before the first contact with Europeans—occupied the Four Corners region of the southwestern United States. Just before AD 1300, they abandoned their homeland in a migration that remains one of prehistory's greatest puzzles. Northern and southern neighbors of the Ancestral Puebloans, the Fremont and Mogollon likewise flourished for millennia before migrating or disappearing. Fortunately, the Old Ones, as some of their present-day descendants call them, left behind awe-inspiring ruins, dazzling rock art, and sophisticated artifacts ranging from painted pots to woven baskets. Some of their sites and relics had been seen by no one during the 700 years before David Roberts and his companions rediscovered them. In The Lost World of the Old Ones, Roberts continues the hunt for answers begun in his classic book, In Search of the Old Ones. His new findings paint a different, fuller portrait of these enigmatic ancients—thanks to the breakthroughs of recent archaeologists. Roberts also recounts his last twenty years of far-flung exploits in the backcountry with the verve of a seasoned travel writer. His adventures range across Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, and southwestern Colorado, illuminating the mysteries of the Old Ones as well as of the more recent Navajo and Comanche. Roberts calls on his climbing and exploratory expertise to reach remote sanctuaries of the ancients hidden within nearly vertical cliffs, many of which are unknown to archaeologists and park rangers. This ongoing quest combines the shock of new discovery with a deeply felt connection to the landscape, and it will change the way readers experience, and imagine, the American Southwest.
Author: William C. Sturtevant
Publisher: Government Printing Office
Release Date: 1978
This volume covers the history and culture of the original inhabitants of the area which is now Nevada, Utah, western Colorado, portions of southern Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, eastern California, Arizona and New Mexico.
Author: Norma R. Dalton and Alene Dalton
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Release Date: 2014-06-16
North of Price, Utah, Nine Mile Canyon slashes through the West Tavaputs Plateau and erodes its way to Green River, Utah. In 1847, settlements began in Utah along the Wasatch Front. The rangeland was soon taken, and stockmen pushed up Spanish Fork Canyon to discover great grazing for their stock--and an amazing place where ancient people had lived, leaving homes and their stories on brown slate walls with inscriptions and paint. These stockmen were the first homesteaders in Nine Mile Canyon. Three families of early settlers were the Houskeepers, Algers, and Rich families, coming between 1885 and 1893.
With trips along soaring mountains to high-walled canyons and plunging river gorges, Utah Byways is the ideal guide for adventurous travelers who want to explore the stateÕs extensive network of backcountry roads. This fully updated edition presents 65 trips in UtahÕs spectacular preserved areas such as Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Arches National Parks, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Other adventures follow the routes of the Transcontinental Railroad and the Pony Express. Detailed descriptions are augmented with full-page photographs and two-color maps of each trip. Icons next to each description indicate options for non-driving activities along each route, such as biking, wildlife viewing, camping, hiking, visiting historic sites, and more. Spiral-bound.
Author: James M. Aton
Publisher: University Press of Colorado
Release Date: 2009-04-15
Desolation Canyon is one of the West's wild treasures. Visitors come to study, explore, run the river, and hike a canyon that is deeper at its deepest than the Grand Canyon, better preserved than most of the Colorado River system, and full of eye-catching geology-castellated ridges, dramatic walls, slickrock formations, and lovely beaches. Rafting the river, one may see wild horses, blue herons, bighorn sheep, and possibly a black bear. Signs of previous people include the newsworthy, well-preserved Fremont Indian ruins along Range Creek and rock art panels of Nine Mile Canyon, both Desolation Canyon tributaries. Historic Utes also pecked rock art, including images of graceful horses and lively locomotives, in the upper canyon. Remote and difficult to access, Desolation has a surprisingly lively history. Cattle and sheep herding, moonshine, prospecting, and hideaways brought a surprising number of settlers--ranchers, outlaws, and recluses--to the canyon.
Beyond the scenery that entices people to visit a vast array of national parks, monuments, state parks and archeological ruins throughout this quadrant of North America is a story waiting to be told. It starts with these pertinent questions: What happened here? What makes the geology of this territory so unique, and in most cases, colorful? What is this plant or that creature that lives in such environs? Who were the ancient people that first came here, then settled and built their dwellings and villages? This latter question is especially salient when viewing captivating archeological ruins. For instance, the enigmatic Chaco Canyon, or the lofty and impressive cliff palaces of Mesa Verde, Kiet Siel and Betatakin. Naturally, some visitors want to know only the essentials, while others desire more details. This illuminating traveler’s guidebook features nearly 90 celebrated destinations is like having a key that opens doors of knowledge to all the picturesque places of this renowned quadrant of America.
Author: W. C. McRae
Publisher: Hachette UK
Release Date: 2015-08-25
Discover Utah with Moon Travel Guides! From remote deserts and arid mountain ranges, to colorful canyons and world-famous national parks, Moon Utah reveals the best of this adventurous state. What you'll find in Moon Utah: Strategic itineraries from a weekend getaway to Salt Lake City, to ten days covering the entire state, curated for history buffs, families, outdoor adventurers, budget travelers, and more Detailed maps and helpful reference photos throughout How to plan a national parks road trip covering Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Capitol Reef, and Canyonlands Must-see attractions and offbeat ideas: Hike or mountain bike across canyons, rugged mountain ranges, and glistening salt flats, or hit the slopes at a Park City ski resort. Admire ancient Native American rock art or cliff dwellings, and walk beside fossilized dinosaur footprints. Explore historic Mormon sites in Salt Lake City, or wander through old mining towns. Go rafting down the Colorado River, canyoneering through the Narrows, or climb to the famed Delicate Arch just in time to watch the sun setting over the captivating hoodoos Honest recommendations from Utah experts and lifelong explorers W.C. McRae and Judy Jewell on when to go, where to eat, and where to stay, from ski resorts to budget motels Accurate, up-to-date information including the best ways to get around, plus background on the landscape, wildlife, history, and local laws Advice for LGBTQ+ travelers, international visitors, seniors, and travelers with disabilities With Moon Utah's myriad activities, practical advice, and local insight on the best things to do and see, you can plan your trip your way. Coverage: Salt Lake City, Park City and the Wasatch Range, Provo and Central Utah, Dinosaur National Monument and vicinity, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, the Escalante region (including Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and Capitol Reef National Park), Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Moab Focusing on the parks? Try Moon Zion & Bryce or Moon Arches & Canyonlands. Hitting the road? Try Moon Southwest Road Trip.