Hike-in Required
No
Open Year-round
Yes
ADA accessible
Yes
Guided tours
No
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Newspaper Rock is a State Historical Monument located within the Indian Creek Corridor of Bears Ears National Monument. This spectacular rock panel features over 650 well preserved Native American rock art designs, making it one of the premiere petroglyph sites in the country.

Newspaper Rock has been engraved and drawn upon by Native Americans for more than 2,000 years. In Navajo the rock is called Tse' Hane, or “rock that tells a story.” It contains markings from the Fremont, Ute, and Anasazi tribes.

The petroglyphs here include those resembling humans, animals and tools amongst more abstract symbols, some thought to be religious in nature. The rock is coated in black desert varnish and therefore was the perfect panel for Native Americans to etch their art through the varnish and onto the lighter colored rock below.

It should go without saying, but please continue to help preserve this petroglyph panel by not crossing the fencing, touching the panel or vandalizing the monument by contributing your own rock art.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

None

Pros

Spectacular petroglyph panel. Well preserved.

Pets allowed

Allowed with Restrictions

Features

ADA accessible
Vault toilet
Historically significant
Family friendly
Native artifacts
Big vistas

Location

Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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