Nine Mile Canyon: The Longest Art Gallery

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Nine Mile Canyon is often referred to as the world’s longest art gallery. Located in the state of Utah, the Canyon is five times longer than its name indicates and full of cliffs. But it is also loaded with thousands of ancient images or petroglyphs that go back in time to the mysterious disappearance of a Native American culture.

Ancient carving with circular rings
Ancient carving with circular rings

At Utah’s Nine Mile Canyon, breathtaking views like this one are everywhere. In this arid environment of cliffs and rocks, there are also thousands of ancient carvings known as petroglyphs. As a result, the area has become known as the world’s longest art gallery.

“There is a lot of bighorn sheep on this one,” Jim Lindsay, the guide at Utah’s Natural History Museum points out to visitors. “But there is really no interpretation, I suspect it may be what they call a shadow calendar, which basically uses the circular rings to determine the time of the year,” he said.

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