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Newspaper Rock Recreation Site

PO Box 788, Blanding, UT 84511
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Ranked #10 of 14 attractions in Blanding
Type: Ancient Ruins, Monuments/ Statues
Activities: Hiking, Four-wheeling
Description: A giant rock covered with ancient petroglyphs.
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Elmer, New Jersey
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143 reviews 143 reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

My wife enjoy viewing Petroglyphs. This well-maintained area is easy to get to while on your visit to Canyonlands NP. Many fine examples of Native American Rock Art. How will you interpret the symbols depicted? Forget looking at someone else's photos. Come see the many petroglyphs at Newspaper Rock---it's a quick, easy and fun stop to make!

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Boulder, Colorado
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15 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

We took a detour from Rt. 191 to visit Newspaper Rock and other petroglyphs in the area. Well worth it! I got pulled over by the county sheriff on the way out due to excessive speed - woops, doing 71 in a, wait, what WAS the speed limit?? it isn't actually posted, which must be why i didn't get a... More

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Coaldale, Colorado
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

One of the "classic", ez access petroglyph (rock art) sites. A long drive, unless you're in the area; but if you are, the site's not 75 feet from the highway. Early or late light for the best photos. Pick up a book at any of the museums, visitors' centers around to help understand ancestral Puebloan rock art.

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128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

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.

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New York
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

Newspaper rock is on the way to Needles of Canyonlands NP. A quick stop and 10 minutes stay is more than enough.

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Chicago, Illinois
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51 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

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.

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Boyne City
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

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.

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Lawrence, Kansas
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

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.

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Tucson, Arizona
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26 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

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.

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Texarkana, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

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.

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