Newspaper Rock State Historic Monument, Petrified Forest National Park

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  • We liked the views from Newspaper Work area of Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona. There are also petroglyphs. We were also amazed by the size of the birds in the park.  more »
  • The petroglyphs are amazing and still really clear and easy to see, with some help. You'll want binoculars or a telephoto lens. They have a sign up on top pointing out exactly where to look to see the...  more »
  • The path to the petroglyph overlook is only a short walk on a wheelchair accessible surface. There are 4 sets of stationary binoculars at the overlook for a better view. Photos are possible, but much ...  more »
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  • Newspaper Rock is a collection of ancient petroglyphs that can be seen from a vista point. It is not possible to get to the the petroglyphs from the parking area or vista point as they are at the bottom of the bluff. Bring binoculars or a camera with telephoto for the best view. There are no facilities here. An interpretive sign provide information about the petroglyphs. The parking area can accommodate RVs and buses. If you are particularly itching to get closer to the petroglyphs, a two-mile (3.2 km) round trip on a dirt road that startes across from the Puerco Pueblo parking area will get you closer. Note that the road is closed to non-Park vehicles so you will have to walk. When you see the Newspaper Rock vista point on the bluffs above, you will need to cut cross country for around 700' (210 m) to reach the petroglyphs but be prepared for scrambling across rocky debris and don't touch the petroglyphs when you arrive.
  • Very fantastic pattern drew by prehistoric people
  • I thought that they would be much closer, they were not. It is still cool, just not as cool
  • These are beautiful petroglyphs on blocks of accord whose beautiful point of petroglyphs of midsummer, animals and signs. Advice: a pair of binoculars is desirable in order to better see the details and for photos, a good lens.
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  • Petrographers ancient people, real or yet modern tourists.
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Where to stay in Petrified Forest National Park

Since most visitors drive through Petrified Forest National Park, you won't find any developed accommodations inside the park. If you're not prepared to camp in the backcountry, pitch a tent at one of the campgrounds near the highway or bunk down in one of the travelers' motels in Holbrook, which lies about 32 km (20 mi) west of the park.
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