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Newspaper Rock

Newspaper Rock

The story begins.
© Miles Hecker



Newspaper Rock is actually located 19 miles SE of the Needles district of Canyonlands NP on highway 211. Newspaper rock is a part of a "desert varnished" vertical Wingate sandstone cliff that encloses the upper end of Indian Creek Canyon, and is covered by hundreds of ancient Indian petroglyphs. In Navajo, the rock is called "Tse' Hane'" which translates to a rock that tells a story

The petroglyphs at this site have been dated back as far as 2,000 years and are attributed to the Archaic, Basketmaker, Fremont and Pueblo cultures. The glyphs are of different animals, human figures, and symbols. The carvings include pictures of buffalo, deer, and pronghorn antelope. Any season is a good one to photograph this site.




Early to mid morning on a sunny day. Any time on a cloudy day. The photo above was taken at a focal length equivalent to 50mm on a full frame 35mm camera.


LENS: 28-70 mm on a full frame camera, 17-40mm on a crop sensor camera

FILTER: A warming polarizer can really intensify the color and remove glare.


Slide films: Fuji Velvia 50 or Ektachrome 100SW



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Concepts: Canyonlands National Park, Wingate Sandstone, Photography, Newspaper Rock State Historic Monument, Petroglyph, San Juan County, Utah, Native Americans in the United States, Navajo Sandstone

Entities: Navajo, Pueblo, Canyon, buffalo, Miles Hecker

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