Newspaper Rock

Newspaper Rock State Historical Monument is situated along the access road into the Needles district of Canyonlands National Park. The 200 square foot rock is a part of the vertical Wingate sandstone cliffs that enclose the upper end of Indian Creek Canyon, and is covered by hundreds of ancient Indian petroglyphs —one of the largest, best preserved and easily accessed groups in the Southwest. The petroglyphs have a mixture of human, animal, material and abstract forms, and to date no-one has been able to fully interpret their meaning.

The first carvings were made around 2,000 years ago, and although a few are as recent as the early 20th century, left by the first modern day explorers of this region, the main groups have been assigned to the Anasazi (AD 1 to 1300), Fremont (AD 700 to 1300) and Navajo (AD 1500 onwards).

More photos from PiedmontFossil’s 1981 Western Tour can be found here

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9 Responses to Newspaper Rock

  1. jeffreythrope June 23, 2010 at 9:23 am #

    amazing photo.

  2. B June 23, 2010 at 10:53 am #

    This is really amazing. The kind of post that makes me smile in the middle of the day. Thanks.

  3. Mark June 23, 2010 at 2:07 pm #

    Love this spot. One of me favorites. Been there many times.

  4. andrew June 23, 2010 at 2:26 pm #

    awesome…

  5. Motorhome Insurance Quotes June 27, 2010 at 11:38 pm #

    I LOVE THIS SPOT. I WANT TO VISIT IT.
    DAIZY

  6. Motorhome Insurance Quotes June 27, 2010 at 11:41 pm #

    THE PRINTING PATTER IS LOOKING SO BEAUTIFUL AQND IT IS SO PRETY
    DAIZY

  7. D July 7, 2010 at 9:10 am #

    stunning … pictures worth a thousand words … imagine the stories they tell …!

    similarly interesting stuff here: http://www.areavoices.com/astrobob/?blog=60484

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