Donna lives in Bozeman, Montana. She works for a regional nonprofit that engages in youth development and conservation service work. She spends much of her free time wandering in and photographing the wild world.
Donna can be contacted at:
P.O. Box 11461
Bozeman, MT 59719
Newspaper Rock is located 15 miles west of U.S. 191 along the Indian Creek Corridor Scenic Byway (S.R. 211) in Bears Ears National Monument, now part of the 71,896-acre Indian Creek unit designated December 4, 2017. The rock is called Tse' Hane in Navajo, or “rock that tells a story.” There are hundreds of Utah petroglyphs here that feature a mixture of forms, including pictures resembling humans, animals, tools, and more esoteric, abstract things. The 200-square-foot rock site is a part of the cliffs all along the upper end of Indian Creek Canyon. Peoples from the Fremont, Ute, and Anasazi Native American tribes etched their markings here. It’s surmised that the perennial natural spring attracted ancients to this distinct area. There are over 650 rock art designs and include animals, human figures, and various symbols, some thought to be religious in nature. These petroglyphs were produced by pecking through the black desert varnish found on the rock to the lighter rock beneath.