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Hike-in Required
No
Open Year-round
Yes
ADA accessible
Yes
Guided tours
No
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Newspaper Rock is a worthwhile quick stop on the main park road in Petrified Forest National Park because it is a spectacular display of petroglyphs, but it is a bit disappointing that the observation area is so far away.

It is a short walk from the parking area to the viewing deck perched on the rim of a short, steep canyon. About 50 feet down near the bottom of the cliff are several rocks with over 650 petroglyphs, some thought to be over 2,000 years old. There are a few stationary binoculars and a telescope to aid viewing. This must have been an important spot for ceremonies or communication among the nomadic residents of this area.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

Park entrance fee

Pros

Large number of petroglyphs. Nice views.

Cons

Petroglyphs can only be viewed from a distance.

Pets allowed

Allowed

Features

ADA accessible
Family friendly
Big vistas
Native artifacts
Historically significant
Geologically significant

Location

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