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Three Rivers Petroglyph Site, Tularosa

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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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  • We have been to several petroglyph sites in Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico this one of the best. There are thousands of petroglyphs to view up close. An extensive collection in a very accessible area....  more »
  • Drove out here today to check out the petroglyphs. Not far from Alamogordo, about half an hour by car, easy to find, paved road all the way there. $5 fee per car. Camping is available for both tents a...  more »
  • This is the most extensive collection of petroglyphs we have ever encountered! The one mile self-guided tour through the rock art is simply fascinating. There are no barriers between the visitors and ...  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