Gobustan National Park, officially designated Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape, encompasses three rocky plateau areas in central Azerbaijan where more than 6,000 rock engravings were discovered, some dating back to 40,000 years old. Rich in archaeological monuments, this UNESCO-World Heritage Site is also home to remains of inhabited caves, burials and other human settlements from just after the last Ice Age through to the Middle Ages.
A small museum offers a brief introduction to the park’s human and ecological history, and a trail leads visitors to some of the most interesting petroglyph sites. The area is also famous for its natural mud volcanoes.
It’s possible to visit Gobustan on your own, but it’s very worthwhile going with a knowledgeable guide who can tell you more about the different types and ages of petroglyphs along the trail.