After more than a year and a half of preparation and collaboration, the BLM Utah-submitted multiple property nomination for Nine Mile Canyon was signed by the Keeper of the National Register on Nov. 30, officially adding 63 sites to the National Register of Historic Places. Following collaboration with the Utah State Historic Preservation Office and the National Park Service in Washington, D.C., the BLM Utah State Office submitted a National Register nomination for 63 sites located on BLM-administered lands in the Nine Mile Canyon area. The sites fall into three major contexts prehistoric rock art, West Tavaputs adaptation, and historic period.
The 19 prehistoric rock art sites are home to petroglyphs and pictographs that are characteristic of the region.
The 40 West Tavaputs adaptation sites include sites typical of the Fremont period (2,400-550 B.P.); and, the four historic period sites have the remnants of more recent activities such as 19th century homesteading and livestock management.
The BLM Utah expects this multiple property listing to be the first of many.
Presently, 834 sites are known to exist in the area and the BLM Utah plans to nominate 100 of these sites per year, until all of the known properties have been nominated for National Register listing.