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Newspaper Rock Recreation Site

Type
Other Public Lands

Accessible via Utah Highway 211

  • No Visitor Contact Station
  • Campground
  • No Ranger Programs

Newspaper Rock State Historic Monument is perhaps the largest, best-known and accessible petroglyph panel in Utah. The 200-square foot Wingate sandstone panel is covered with more than 650 symbols evidencing nearly 2,000 years of human history. The human, animal, and abstract symbols etched into Newspaper Rock are mostly undeciphered, but are believed to represent the Basketmaker, Fremont, Ancestral Puebloan, Navajo, and even Anglo cultures that have occupied the area throughout the centuries. The Navajo nicknamed Newspaper Rock Tse’ Hane, meaning “rock that tells a story.” The images have been inscribed in the rock’s “desert varnish,” a black manganese-iron deposit common on sandstone cliffs.

Newspaper Rock is State Historic Monument is located just off State Road 211 (the main road leading to Canyonlands National Park’s Needles District), about twelve miles west of the junction with U.S. Highway 191. The historic monument is just 24 miles northwest of Monticello, in a sheltered setting beneath 250-foot cliffs. There are no fees to visit the monument.

Type
Other Public Lands
Facilities
Campground