Near Monticello in San Juan County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
State Historical Monument
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.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & Archaeology Exploration • Man-Made Features. A significant historical year for this entry is 1300.
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. Marker is located in Newspaper Rock 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. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Monticello UT 84535, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hyland Hotel (approx. 12˝ miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 12˝ miles away); The Traveling Jail Cell (approx. 12˝ 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Monticello.
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.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 30, 2019. It was originally submitted on January 7, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 2,328 times since then and 119 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on January 7, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. 2. submitted on January 14, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. 3, 4. submitted on August 26, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. 5. submitted on December 24, 2010, by Bob (peach) Weber of Dewey, Arizona. 6, 7. submitted on January 7, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. 8. submitted on January 8, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. 9, 10. submitted on December 17, 2010, by Bob (peach) Weber of Dewey, Arizona. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.