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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  • It was awesome to see all the symbols on the rocks. They had high powered binoculars so the symbols can easily be seen. Some you can actually see without any binoculars. So cool. 
  • This is some rocks bearing hieroglyphics and inscriptions. Actually I'm not very visible from the overlook, you have to slightly sharpen the eye and try.
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  • This is a quick stop at the road with a short walk to the viewing platform. We must have stood there for 5 minutes looking for the petroglyphs. Once we figured out that they were very small far away -...  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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