If you've never seen Rock Art, this is a great place to see your first example. If you are familiar with Rock Art, then I'm sure you've been here. If not, it's a must! Truly amazing.
Newspaper rock is on the way to Needles of Canyonlands NP. A quick stop and 10 minutes stay is more than enough.
I probably would not stop at this petroglyph panel from the highway, but if you are on your way to Canyonlands, it makes a good quick stop. Right off the road with a restroom nearby. Further toward Canyonlands a mile or so, there are a couple more remote petroglyph sites that I enjoy more and have far fewer visitors.
The newspaper rock site is on the way to needles unit of Commands national park. IT is a lovely drive, newspaper rock is interesting and quite photographic. It takes no more than a half hour or so to look at the pictographs and it us a nice break on the long drive into Needles.
Newspaper rock is on the way to the needles area of the Canyonlands National Park and it is a cliff face that is covered with petroglyphs. If you are really into petroglyphs it is worth a stop. However, if you are in a hurry, you won't miss much if you skip it.
It's a quick stop and the view is impressive. Both pre-historic and historic petroglyphs are in view. Horsemen hunting deer and bison with bows and arrows, anthropomorphic features, and six toed foot prints are just a few of the hundreds of petroglyphs to be viewed.
Drove to Newspaper Rock on my way to Canyonlands National Park. I actually thought the Newspaper Rock was more interesting (although both were awesome). It is amazing to think about the people over 1000 years ago that left their mark. It is out of the way, but worth the detour.
Visited this site during our trip through Utah in August 2013. We stayed in Monticello and it is about half an hour drive from there. The drive itself (taking the route direct out of Monticello driving west) was a nice drive through some green forest and we saw plenty of deer. The rock had some interesting drawings and one can... More
I could have stared at it for hours. Not to mention, the canyon lands surrounding it are absolutely breath taking. People rock climbing up the rock face all over the place, gorgeous colors and trees...canyons for miles in every direction.
Newspaper Rock is sad. The site wasn't protected until 1961 and prior to then numerous people had vandalized the wall that probably contained original petroglyphs. People started marking up the wall as early as 1902 and as late as 1961 judging by the dated names on the wall. I've seen numerous petroglyphs, but never the jumbled over crowded mess this... More
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