Newspaper Rock State Historic Monument, Petrified Forest National Park

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  • August 12, 2017
    You can see with a telescope from the Observatory in street names, carved into rocks in subhuman character, picture, symbol. Traces of ancient people's lives remains until today the murals painted in the primitive cave looking like that was amazing.
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  • August 7, 2017
    Wow! As you walk down to the viewing area your best view will be using the telescopes provided to see Newspaper Rock which is below you and naturally protected from folks being able to climb and defac...  more »
  • July 24, 2017
    While it is a short visit and all you see are crude little drawings through an old set of stationary binoculars that remind you of the ones you find in state parks that really feel like they shouldn't...  more »
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  • November 3, 2016
    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.
  • March 22, 2017
    Very fantastic pattern drew by prehistoric people
  • September 15, 2016
    I thought that they would be much closer, they were not. It is still cool, just not as cool
  • November 28, 2016
    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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  • May 13, 2016
    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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