SE Utah - an Arch & Petroglyph

Newspaper Rock is located along Scenic Hwy 211 in southeast Utah. Click the photo to see more.
Newspaper Rock is located along Scenic Hwy 211 in southeast Utah. Click the photo to see more.

 "Newspaper Rock is a petroglyph panel etched in sandstone that records perhaps 2,000 years of human activity in the area. Etched into the desert varnish are symbols' representing the Fremont, Anasazi, Navajo and Anglo cultures. The exact nature of these symbols meaning is still not clearly understood. But they are typical of many sites throughout the U.S. in their use of universal symbols, be it graffiti or a true "newspaper," recording events of the times and earlier."  https://www.desertusa.com/newut/du_newut_vvc.html


SE Utah has great rock formations. Click on the Google map.
SE Utah has great rock formations. Click on the Google map.

Southeast Utah has lots more to offer besides Monument Valley on the Arizona border and Arches National Park near Moab, UT. Ride 25 miles south of Moab on US 191 and you'll find Wilson Arch, a natural sandstone arch with a span of 91 feet and height of 46 feet, visible from the road to the east. There are turnouts for parking. Further south, Utah hwy 211 takes you to the Newspaper Rock petroglyph shown above.

Wilson Arch is 46 ft high and visible from US 191 just 25 miles south of Moab, Utah (Arches NP).
Wilson Arch is 46 ft high and visible from US 191 just 25 miles south of Moab, Utah (Arches NP).
Wilson Arch on US 191 in southeast Utah is 91 ft wide.
Wilson Arch on US 191 in southeast Utah is 91 ft wide.

Or click this link for a 360 degree view of Wilson Arch at http://www.naturalarches.org/panoramas/UTwilsonarch.html


The 60 mile round-trip to Big Spring Canyon Overlook provides more to see on SE Utah Hwy 211.
The 60 mile round-trip to Big Spring Canyon Overlook provides more to see on SE Utah Hwy 211.

 

"The Needles district is named for the Cedar Mesa sandstone spires that jut up from the landscape. Located in the southwest section of Canyonlands National Park ... The Needles district can be accessed from towns along Highway 191 by heading west on Highway 211 to the Visitor Center, which is open year-round. From there, a scenic road winds through a section of the Needles to Big Spring Canyon Overlook for an expansive view. Stops along the way include Roadside Ruin, Cave Spring, Pothole Point, and Slickrock Trail. Short interpretive trails at these stops are a great way to experience the park for visitors with only an hour or two to explore."

"There are three small campgrounds in the Needles district to accommodate overnight visitors: Squaw Flat, Wooden Shoe, and Split Top. Squaw Flat Campground is the largest, with 26 sites, bathrooms, grills, picnic tables, tent and RV pads. Campgrounds fill fast from March to October, and reservations are required for large groups."

http://www.utahscanyoncountry.com/utah-canyonlands.html

 


Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum

 

"Visit Edge of the Cedars Pueblo, a village inhabited by the ancestors of contemporary Puebloan peoples from AD 825 to 1125, and climb down a ladder to enter the 1,000-year-old kiva. View the largest collection of Ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi) pottery on display in the Four Corners area. Enjoy programs for adults and children, including archaeology and art exhibitions. Our goal is to inspire and educate museum visitors about the prehistoric and contemporary American Indian cultures of the Four Corners region." https://stateparks.utah.gov/parks/edge-of-the-cedars/discover/

 


Camping is available along US 291- Devils Canyon: https://www.recreation.gov/camping/devils-canyon/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=70568

 

For more scenic byways in Utah's canyon country: http://www.utahscanyoncountry.com/utah-byways.html

 

One of many rock formations along US Hwy 191 in the southeast corner of Utah. Google Maps view.
One of many rock formations along US Hwy 191 in the southeast corner of Utah. Google Maps view.