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. This is in Newspaper Rock State Park. It is on the road to the Needles area of Canyonlands NP. I went this far and then doubled back to the main highway. It was clearly going to take too long to go on to Needles and back.