Newspaper Rock State Historic Monument is located south of Moab on Hwy 211 along the way to the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. The Monument features a huge flat rock with one of the largest known collections of petroglyphs in the world.

It is assumed that the first carvings at the Newspaper Rock site were made around 2,000 years ago, and although a few are as recent as the early 20th century, left by the first modern day explorers of the region. The petroglyphs have a mixture of human, animal, material and abstract forms, and like most petroglyphs no-one has been able to fully interpret their meaning. Were they messages between travelers, documentation of things seen and done, or simply prehistoric graffiti and doodles (I tend to lean towards the latter)?

As you can see in the video below, Trey wasn’t too interested in spending time interpreting the markings’ meaning as much as he was in searching for Batman, Spiderman, and Robin.

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