One of the best known parks in Utah, Indian Creek State Park is the location of the Newspaper Rock Petroglyph Panel that exhibits some of the finest examples of Ute art work as well as that of earlier cultures. Located on a large rock face under an overhang at the base of the canyon wall east of Indian Creek, the panel consists of numerous pecked figures of uniformly high quality and provides considerable material for the study of prehistoric and early aboriginal cultures.
The carvings date from at least two periods. The older figures are characterized as such by the higher degree of fading and the other figures superimposed upon them. These older carvings feature horned, trapezoidal-bodied anthropomorphs, birds, stick men and wavy lines. While the exact chronological position and cultural affiliation of these earlier figures has not been exactly determined, Schaafsma (1970) ascribes them to the Southern San Rafael Fremont rock art style. As there are no known Fremont sites in Indian Creek, there is evidence of Mesa Verde Anasazi sites in adjacent areas.
Newspaper Rock is located on Hwy. 211, 25 miles before the entrance to the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. It is 28 miles northwest of Monticello and 53 miles south of Moab. It is open year round, 24 hours a day.