Newspaper Rock

Newspaper Rock is located just outside the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. This site is actually in the new Bears Ears National Monument. It is worth the 10 minute stop if you are heading to Needles, and it may be the highlight of your trip out this way. There are so many petroglyphs. You will love looking at all of the ancient drawings.

This is a lot of petroglyphs in one spot.

The oldest petroglyphs on Newspaper Rock are said to be 2,000 years old. Of course, the man shooting the bow from the back of a horse was drawn much later than that. There are many pictures in one place, possibly the highest concentration in the world for such a small area. Over 650 individual pictures adorn this 20 x 10 foot piece of rock. Many are from ancient times (Fremont and Anasazi) while others are more modern (Navajo).

There are a few information signs around the rock art.
Stay behind the fence to help preserve this historic site.

We’ve seen quite a few petroglyphs in this area, but one thing we like about Newspaper Rock is how well preserved it is. There is not really any damage to this panel. This is surprising since it is basically a roadside stop without any hiking at all. Luckily there is a fence around the rock to help protect it from damage.

This is everyone’s favorite. The bowman!
You could look at these pictures for a long time.

Newspaper Rock is located on Highway 211. This highway starts 15 miles north of Monticello or 40 miles south of Moab. Drive 13 miles west on Highway 211. There are lots of signs to help you find it.

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