Nine Mile Ranch
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Rozey
Rego Park, New York City7 contributions
May 2011
Ben and Myrna Mead
Nine Mile Canyon Ranch
P.O. Box 212
Wellington, Utah 84542
(435) 637-2572
kcole@xmission.com

Ben and Myrna Mead operate the Bed and Bunk at Nine Mile Canyon Ranch which is 25 scenic miles from the turn at Wellington. The rustic ranch sits on lovely property with the creek running alongside its ground. Myrna and Ben’s warmth and hospitality make you feel right at home.
Ben grew up exploring Nine Mile Canyon as a boy and is the perfect guide to point out the often hard-to-find petroglyphs, the historic sites (which have no markers) and brings the canyon and its inhabitants alive with the stories of the past and current ranches. Ben’s memories and insights make this a unique experience.
In the mainhouse there are comfortable rooms with private baths. Breakfast is included. Dinner is made with advance request.
There are also campgrounds and a bunkhouse.
Written May 19, 2011
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Lubo B
New Westminster, Canada18 contributions
May 2012 • Family
A must for any outdoor oriented traveler. Ben is the original guide in this canyon,with local knowledge. Rustic cabins are charming or camp out by creek.
Written July 9, 2012
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imabirdwatcher
On the Road4 contributions
Jun 2012 • Friends
As a kid I wanted to live on a ranch......it didn't have to be fancy like an LA Dude Ranch or a big ol' Resort ranch......just cows and horses and good people.

Ben and Myrna Mead at Nine Mile Ranch are hard-working generous ranch people. Camping at their place was like a fun journey back in time...they work hard but always have time to help you out with directions, tips on what to see and do in the Canyon,etc. Ben even gave us directions to a couple of special petroglyphs that were not in our book......beautiful and special.
When we pulled into their campground, we inadvertently had arrived at dinner time and they had a table full of friends and family....no matter, Myrna buttered up a couple of delicious home-made rolls for us.....really!! What a treat I didn't feel like I was intruding at all.

Their CG was once greener and nicer but a winter flood from up-canyon a while back just roared through and ruined all their work...however it still was great for us, we came for 3 days and stayed for more than a week. We travel with two cats and they LOVED it....I was sad to tell them we had to move on.
There are Utah prairie dogs, in addition to lots of birds because of the creek. We even saw a badger in broad daylight.....never thought I could be so lucky. They DO have flush toilets and showers and an RV dumpsite. We pulled our 29 ft. 5th wheel up there ( usually we try to stay on paved roads but we are rock art fans). We had no problems. The first 12 miles is paved and a good road. The 2nd 12 miles (they are in about 24.5 miles) was a good graded dirt and gravel road.We were there in June 2012.....the road is being improved and by Spring of 2013 it might all be paved.

There's no longer a store up there, so gas up and get food in Wellington....but its only 25 miles up so you're not really in the outback, it only feels like it.

We viewed 40 miles of native american art (from 400 years old to possibly a few thousand years old or more) along the road and a few spots where we hiked in a little ways. We also had a couple of nice hikes around their property and one great bike ride on a dirt road that was the last 5 miles of Nine Mile Canyon (don't let the number fool you, it is 40 miles long and the 9 mile moniker comes from some surveying transect of the Powell Expedition).

I loved the simplicity and beauty of this place.....I would go again and hope to come when we can join in on a cattle drive. That had a small drive while we were there.....they moved the herds to some different pastures, but we missed out as we were off looking at rock art.

GO there if you like this kind of stuff. If you like the Bellagio at Las Vegas you probably won't want to go here....(well, that was arrogant, I love the Bellagio and the french bakery there and I like this place too, so what am I saying?) If you like my description, go to Nine Mile Ranch, that's all.

Diane
Written June 24, 2012
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mark h
Cooper City, FL13 contributions
Jun 2017 • Friends
Ben and Myrna, along with their daughter Carla, were gracious hosts.......we ate three meals with them and enjoyed listening to them talk about their ranch. Carla took us on an all day outing looking at the Native American rock art which the canyon is known for. Since they own one thousand acres, there are many petroglyphs on their property which you normally wouldn't know about, or be able to see. The place is off grid, but hot showers are always available since the heaters are run by propane. If you're looking for silence and solitude, you will enjoy this place........it is not fancy but simply reflects what kind of people the Meads are, honest hard working folks.........As a family they have been foster parents to dozens of kids whose pictures hang on the wall of their home. The ranch has cabins, RV parking and campsites.......a great place to spend the night or stay for a week.
Written June 12, 2017
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NatureHound
Elkins, WV36 contributions
Oct 2011 • Couples
On our way from Dinosaur National Monument to Moab, we decided to take the Nine Mile Canyon National Backcountry Byway, instead of driving around on route 191. What an adventure. This area is beautiful and out of the way. Nine Mile Ranch is really the only place in the canyon to get a warm meal and a soft bed. We requested to have dinner as well as breakfast when we made our reservation and that was an excellent idea! The food was home cooked and delicious camp fare. This ranch is not on the electric grid and made their own electricity. If you are the type to wake up during the night and read-bring your battery powered reading light. Once the generator gets turned off tor the evening, there are a few low level night lights about but nothing strong enough to read by. Our cell phones did not work here and there was no internet. It was nice to get warm by the wood stove downstairs by the guest rooms. Room was comfortable, neat and clean. Had a good night sleep until about 6:30am when the big trucks started rolling by to work on the road. Otherwise had a great nights sleep!
Written December 1, 2011
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NCLouis
Creston, NC6 contributions
Jun 2017 • Family
My wife and I took our two granddaughters (age 10 and 12) on their first trip to the West, from our farm in the NC Appalachians. This was the first place we stayed, and I am so glad that it was the girl's first experience of the West. That's because Ben and Myrna Meade, Carla, the other family members we met there, and the ranch itself are genuine, unpretentious, homelike, as real as dirt. And I hate pretense, which you find so much of when you are the tourist. We stayed three nights in the Family Room downstairs in the main house, because we wanted a bathroom for the girls and access to the kitchen to do our own cooking - except for Myrna's breakfasts, which were delicious and hearty working breakfasts. We took the tour of the canyon with Ben to see the ancient pictographs and hear Ben's description of the other ranches and interesting sites, most in ruins now; and hear his recollections of his and Myrna's long life there. I highly recommend it. You will miss too much if you just do it on your own. On our last night we sat around a campfire and listened to Ben sing his own delightfully funny cowboy poetry while our grandkids ran with their grandkids playing in the last light of the evening. When we left we felt like we were saying goodbye to family.
Now here are some things you probably need to know. The cabins looked beautiful and are probably a very good choice if you are roughing more than we were. The campsites look good too. Our room in the house was small but adequate. I was bothered a little by the lack of shelf space for the four of us to put our stuff. The kitchen area was small and not well equipped, and both spaces could use some brightening up and attention to make it nicer. The Meades are not the kind of hosts who will follow you around, so to speak, asking what they can do to make you comfortable ( I think native westerners just expect you to be independent). But if you ask for it you will get it. This ranch is in a remote area that public electricity has never got to. People who want luxury, or even the dependable creature comforts of an upscale hotel may not like it here. There is no store of any kind within more than twenty miles.
None of that stuff bothered us. I would love to go back to Utah on a leisurely schedule, stay somewhere quiet and close to the land, where I can get to know the West a little more closely. Nine Mile Ranch would be my number one choice. We all loved it and want to go back.
Written June 23, 2017
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Bob M
Denver, CO19 contributions
Dec 2015 • Couples
We stayed with Ben and Myrna several night while working on our book, Ancient Skies Through Ancient Eyes. These two are a cultural treasure. Your stay here will end up being a part of your visit that you will remember as much as the rock art.
Written October 16, 2016
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EllenLoves2Travel
Roanoke, VA14 contributions
May 2017 • Couples
Getting off the grid doesn't come with a better location! Owners Ben & Myrna Mead, and daughter Carla, treat you like family, right down to the cowboy camp fire sign-along in the evening. They offer an all-day tour of the canyon and point out the best of the Native American petroglyphs that have made this wilderness famous.
Written June 11, 2017
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Llanero271
Wisconsin, USA3 contributions
Sep 2016 • Couples
My wife and I planned to stay for one night and had so much fun looking for petroglyphs that we stayed four nights. It was such a treat to eat breakfast and dinner with Ben and Myrna. We could not have asked for a better place to relax and enjoy Nine Mile Canyon. Ben is a great guide if you only have a day to see the petroglyphs.
Written October 1, 2016
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clark8131
Durango, CO17 contributions
Aug 2016 • Couples
Stayed there one night and was treated like family. Ben Meade is a western relic!! A real modern day mountain man/rancher. Cabins are really nice if you can do without in house bathrooms. The common bathrooms available are very every nice. Clara, Ben's daughter gave us a tour of the canyon and she was great. Lots of family history and very interesting "rock art". The canyon is remote and absolutely beautiful. I am going back for sure.
Written August 29, 2016
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