These petroglyphs, pecked into these rocks allow a glimpse of the life and world of the people who farmed the Puerco River Valley 650 to 2,000 years ago. More than 650 rock art designs--the largest concentration of petroglyphs in Petrified Forest National Park--adorn the boulders that tumbled to rest below the cliffs above.The dark coating on the rock, called desert varnish presented an inviting opportunity for creativity. Ancient artists produced many types of figures and patterns by carefully pecking the coated rock surfaces with sharpened tools to remove the desert varnish and expose the lighter rock beneath.What do the petroglyphs mean? No one knows for sure. We know that petroglyph styles change over time, but their meaning remains a mystery. Even so, petroglyphs provide a valuable resource for studying past cultures.
This, and all the stops around it are part of the Painted Desert Petrified Forest "Trail" This was my favorite stop on the trail but i'll note that the Inn was closed when I was doing this tour. I was able to take a picture using my phone through the viewfinders that are here to help my kids see what they needed to see... The down side to this was it was incredibly unsafe for little kids! I was traveling by myself with my three kids 11, 5, and 3 and I couldn't set my 3 year old down because I was afraid he'd walk off the edge. there is a rail but not the railing you would expect for such a drop off.
Newspaper Rock, the location of this photo, is in Canyonlands National Park in Utah
Newspaper Rock State Historic Monument is in Monticelo, UT near Indian Creek. The pictures and the first half of the name in this listing are not for the Petrified Forest National Park.
Best to bring binoculars to see the petroglyphs from outlook.
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