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Basics
Location:
28 miles northwest of Monticello and 53 miles south of Moab
Type:
Park-Overlook
Elevation:
5,400 feet feet

Description

Newspaper Rock features a 200 square foot area of extremely dense Native American petroglyphs on a "desert varnished" cliff wall. The petroglyphs were created by several ancient cultures beginning some 1,500 years ago. The drawings consist of animals, human figures and many inexplicable symbols -- a six-toed foot?

Newspaper Rock is located on Hwy 211, 25 miles before the entrance to the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. It is 28 miles northwest of Monticello and 53 miles south of Moab. To plan your route, select Utah Map or Southeast Utah Map.

Just across the highway from the petroglyphs is a pleasant picnic area and campground. It sits among cottonwoods along the Indian Creek (though rather close to the highway). 8 sites; vault toilets; non-drinking water only; elev. 5,400 feet; open year round; first-come, first-serve; no fee.

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Season:
Open year round
Amenities:
Campground
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