Newspaper Rock State Historic Monument, Petrified Forest National Park

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Newspaper Rock State Historic Monument is located in Petrified Forest National Park. Use our Petrified Forest National Park family vacation planner to arrange your visit to Newspaper Rock State Historic Monument and other attractions in Petrified Forest National Park.
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  • While I pretty much loved everything about petrified Forest national Park, I thought this was definitely one of the highlights. It was very rich in history and very educational. I thought this was def...  more »
  • Although the petroglyphs are not terribly far away a good view requires magnification, good photos will need a telephoto lens, seems a bit odd that they only did a few rocks when there are others near...  more »
  • This point is along the drive through Petrified and not far off the road. Take a so here to check out a nice view and look at some rocks with some interesting old petroglyphs.  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.
  • I thought that they would be much closer, they were not. It is still cool, just not as cool
  • Petrographers ancient people, real or yet modern tourists.
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