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Near Monticello in San Juan County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Newspaper Rock

State Historical Monument

 
 
Newspaper Rock Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, June 1994
1. Newspaper Rock Marker
Inscription. Newspaper Rock is a petroglyph panel etched in sandstone that records approximately 2,000 years of early man's activities. Prehistoric peoples, probably from the Archoic, Basketmaker, Fremont and Pueblo cultures, etched on the rock from B.C. to A.D.1300. In historic times, Utah and Navajo tribesmen, as well as Anglos, left their contributions.

There are no known methods of dating rock art. Interpreting the figures on the rock, scholars are undecided as to their meaning or have yet to decipher them. In Navajo the rock is called "Tse' Hane' " (rock that tells a story ). Unfortunately, we do not know if the figures represent story telling, doodling, hunting magic, clan symbols, ancient graffiti, or something else. Without a true understanding of the petroglyphs much is left for individual admiration and interpretation.

Newspaper Rock was designated a state historical monument in 1961. It is here for your enjoyment. Please continue to preserve it.
 
Erected by Utah Parks and Recreation.
 
Location. 37° 59.338′ N, 109° 31.099′ W. Marker is near Monticello, Utah, in San Juan County. Marker is on Utah Route 211, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is located in Newspaper Rock
Newspaper Rock Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 12, 2010
2. Newspaper Rock Marker
A more recent marker stating the area is a National Historical Site and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
State Park, about 12 miles west of US Highway 191 (between Moab and Monticello), on the paved road that leads to the Needles district of Canyonlands National Park. Marker is in this post office area: Monticello UT 84535, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 17 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hyland Hotel (approx. 12.5 miles away); Cowboy Tack Shed (approx. 12.6 miles away); Log Cabin (approx. 12.6 miles away); Sod Roof Cabin (approx. 12.6 miles away); Old Log Church (approx. 12.6 miles away); Monticello (approx. 12.6 miles away); Verdure (approx. 16.8 miles away).
 
Regarding Newspaper Rock. The monument features a flat rock with one of the largest known collection of petroglyphs, hundreds of figures and shapes believed to be carved over the past 1,500 to 2,000 years.
 
Also see . . .
1. More about Newspaper Rock. DesertUSA: The Guide to the American Southwest and Desert Regions. (Submitted on January 7, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. Wikipedia entry for Newspaper Rock. (Submitted on January 7, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
 
Categories. AnthropologyExplorationMan-Made Features
 
View from Newspaper Rock image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber, June 20, 2010
3. View from Newspaper Rock
Marker is visible at the lower right of photo.
Newspaper Rock image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, June 1994
4. Newspaper Rock
Newspaper Rock image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, June 1994
5. Newspaper Rock
Church Rock, south of the intersection of US 191 and SR 211 image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, June 1994
6. Church Rock, south of the intersection of US 191 and SR 211
Petroglyphs image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber
7. Petroglyphs
Petroglyphs image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber
8. Petroglyphs
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 2,006 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   2. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.   3. submitted on , by Bob (peach) Weber of Prescott Valley, Arizona.   4, 5. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   6. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   7, 8. submitted on , by Bob (peach) Weber of Prescott Valley, Arizona. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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