|Newspaper Rock features a 200 square foot area of extremely dense Native American petroglyphs on a "desert varnished" cliff wall. This panel is now fenced and must be viewed from a short distance.
Archaic, Ancestral Puebloans, Fremont, Ute, European and Hispanic cultures have all contributed to the images over the last 1500 years, possibly longer.
Common images seen are anthropomorphic figures, deer, bighorn sheep, buffalo, miscellaneous geometric designs, bear footprints, and long, wandering lines.
Just across the highway from the petroglyphs is a pleasant picnic area and campground. It sits among cottonwoods along the Indian Creek. Often busy on weekends with climbers.8 sites; vault toilets; non-drinking water only; elev. 5,400 feet; open year round; first-come, first-serve; no fee.
Newspaper Rock is located 12 miles west of US Highway 191. Take the turn west to Needles District of Canyonlands National Park on Highway 211.
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