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Tuesday
Jun072011

Newspaper Rock State Historic Monument Petroglyphs in Eastern Utah

Located in eastern Utah, not too far from Moab and Monticello, is one of the largest and best preserved petroglyphs in the Southwest. Sitting just off the main road (Hwy 211) to the Needles District entrance of Canyonlands National Park, this 200 square foot rock is a brilliant display of history and is extremely accessible to visitors. Formerly a state park, this attraction is little more than a quick turn off from Hwy 211 that can be easily missed. The facilities at this site are limited to a parking lot and a bathroom. In the parking lot visitors will occasionally find Native Americans selling hand-made jewelry.

The petroglyphs at this particular site are dated back as far as 2,000 years and are attributed to the Archaic, Basketmaker, Fremont or Pueblo cultures and have more recently been added to by the Navajo, Ute, and Anglos. The easy access makes it very easy to photograph. Unfortunately, it also makes it prone to graffiti. Planning a visit to eastern Utah to visit a national or state park? Make sure to catch this lesser known attraction.

Newspaper Rock State Historic Monument in Eastern Utah


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Reader Comments (1)

Well worth seeing, as you stand and look at it, you slip away and imagine how life use to be. Its a must to visit.

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