Three Rivers Petroglyph Site, Tularosa

There are over 21,000 petroglyphs at the Three Rivers Petroglyph Site at Three Rivers, New Mexico, located midway between Tularosa and Carrizozo in Otero County on Highway 54. Many of the petroglyphs can be easily viewed from a trail open to the public which winds through the rocks for about one mile. The petroglyphs are thought to be the product of the Jornada Mogollon people between about 1000 and 1400 AD. The site is protected and maintained by the Bureau of Land Management.The petroglyphs at Three Rivers were recorded during a six-year project by the Archaeological Society of New Mexico's Rock Art Recording Field Schools. Photographs and records are on file at the Bureau of Land Management's District Office in Las Cruces.
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  • If you have any interest in petroglyphs Three Rivers is definitely worth a visit. There are a large number of ‘glyphs scattered along a loop trail. The trail follows a rocky ridge that gives good view...  more »
  • My husband really enjoyed viewing the petroglyphs. This is probably the greatest collection of prehistoric art and you get to explore the site completely on your own. There are sign posts to mark some...  more »
  • We stopped on our way back home. Definitely need good hiking shoes, hat, sunscreen, and water. We hiked the full trail to the end and have a number of fantastic photos of the Tularosa basin and both m...  more »
  • Awesome collection of ancient images carved into the rocks. The parking and camping area is amazingly clean and spacious. While the is a collection point for entrance fees there were none when i stopped. Dont feel guilty or drop cash into the box. Enjoy the walk and donate a little extra at your next stop. The hike is moderate...short but lots of rocks in the path. Not wheelchair accessible, but there is a bench and telescope at the foot of the hill
  • Great quick site to see. If you're driving near, by, past this place: just stop! It doesn't take super long to look around and enjoy this great historical area! The whole family will like it, and if they say they won't, they'll be surprised. I was the non-believer that this would be awesome. Once I got out of the car, I knew it would be awesome. Make the stop!
  • I still remember the sound of wind swirling by. Excellent hike. Please note that it's a pretty rocky area, make sure you're in comfortable shoes.
  • Go and see the doodles! It was great to imagine what lifestyle leads to a mountain covered in some pretty cool art.
  • Amazing collection of ancient art easily viewed from trail. Worth the stop

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