Holbrook in Navajo County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
When rocks are exposed to the elements, a patina called “desert varnish” forms on the surface. Native people used sharp tools to chip into this veneer of iron and manganese oxides, clay minerals, and organic material, revealing the lighter colored rock beneath. The various shades of desert varnish are due to the amounts and ratio of minerals present. Blacker shades tend to be higher in manganese oxides, while redder tones indicated a higher amount of iron oxides.
The great variety of petroglyphs on Newspaper Rock includes anthropomorphs (human-like figures), zoomorphs (animal-like figures), katsinas (spiritual figures), hands and tracks, and geometrics.
Spotting scopes are provided to help you examine the petroglyphs below this overlook.
Erected by Petrified National Forest Services.
Location. 34° 57.715′ N, 109° 47.935′ W. Marker is in Holbrook, Arizona, in Navajo County. Marker can be reached from Newspaper Spur Touch for map. Turn left onto Newspaper Spur from Petrified Forest Road. Marker is in this post office area: Holbrook AZ 86025, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Newspaper Rock Petroglyphs Archeological District (a few steps from this marker); Whispers from the Past (approx. 0.9 miles away); A Canvas for Ideas (approx. 0.9 miles away); Summer Solstice Marker (approx. 0.9 miles away); Meaning of Place (approx. 0.9 miles away); Life in the Village (approx. one mile away); Village on the Rio Puerco (approx. one mile away); Santa Fe Railroad (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Holbrook.
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