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Newspaper Rock Recreation Site
Ranked #4 of 17 things to do in Blanding
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Owner description: A giant rock covered with ancient petroglyphs.
Homestead, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Must see”
Reviewed June 25, 2013

This was a awesome last stop on our 5 day trip into the mountains we saw many awesome messages along the trail drive and this was one of our favorites...so much history well kept and preserved

Visited May 2013
Thank Cherbear1962
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 251 helpful votes
“Very humbling”
Reviewed June 19, 2013

The fact that this was done such a long time ago was amazing. This is our third visit here, and we are still in awe of this amazing place.

Visited June 2013
Thank Ishiarusha
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Corvallis, Oregon
Level 6 Contributor
175 reviews
85 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Better rock art in Moab”
Reviewed June 5, 2013

I enjoyed the rock art in Moab much more. This rock is detailed but is in the middle of nowhere almost feeling like it was placed there. The stuff in Moab, while has some graffiti, feels real and is more interesting in my opinion.

Visited June 2013
Thank Josh W
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed June 5, 2013

This is a spectacular pictograph site. It restored my faith in humanity -- it's very accessible, yet almost graffiti-free. This is a lovely quick stop on your way into the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park.

Visited June 2013
Thank Eric R
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Monticello, Utah
Level 6 Contributor
137 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
“Newspaper Rock and a Surprise Down the Road.”
Reviewed May 19, 2013

Newspaper Rock has been dated back about 2000 years and no one really knows the true meanings behind the drawings. They could be messages, ritual symbols, stories or simply artwork; and which culture contributed which drawings is uncertain. Unfortunately it has been defaced, as many of the petroglyph areas have been, by, for lack of a better word, stupid people who believe their initials/names and dates are important to the rest of the visitors. While having a "guestbook" for visitors to sign might be helpful, these idiots would probably find a way to deface that also.

The drawings have been scratched into sandstone walls covered in "Desert Varnish"; a blackish manganese-iron residue that gradually forms on exposed sandstone cliff faces. Rain water causes exposure while bacteria helps the residue to adhere to the sandstone.

Humanoid and animal figures are distinctive; as well as the sun, two figures touching a tree, the spiral, the wheel and the plus (+) symbol inside a circle which many believe represents the element of Earth.

There are some spectacular views as you look around the area also. If you happen to be wondering, there is a small parking area at Newspaper Rock with restrooms at one end. The walk to the actual wall itself is only about 1/10th of a mile; and so worth the minuscule effort.
Now when you leave Newspaper Rock to travel further towards Canyonlands, don't be in such a rush to speed down the road. First off, the surrounding scenery is gorgeous, but secondly is what is waiting to be seen only 1.8 miles down the road.

Look to your left (South) and you will see a jug handle arch; it is easily visible going West, but coming back East you cannot see it. There is a small pull in area nearby, but you will still have to walk up the road a bit to be able to take a decent photo. Now in Moab, Utah there is an arch on Potash Road called Jughandle Arch; I'm calling this one a similar name for want of a better description. It looks like a jug handle; I cannot find it named on any maps and when I ask about it, no one seems to know a thing about it. Perhaps everyone is too busy speeding between Newspaper Rock and Canyonlands to notice it, but I happen to enjoy the scenery, so speed to nowhere.

Visited May 2013
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