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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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  • A trip to New Mexico is not complete without a morning or afternoon at Three Rivers Petroglyphs. The hike is not strenuous and all ages can enjoy the beauty. The trail is not going to work for strolle...  more »
  • This is one of the largest collections of Petroglyphs we have seen in the Southwest. Unlike Newspaper rock where all of the images are in one place, the petroglyphs here go along the top of a ridge an...  more »
  • Was very happy to be able to fit this stop into our trip. We had wonderful weather, and the views were spectacular. Very few snakes in late November apparently - we didn't see a single one! 
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  • Really nice spot to see. Our family including 3 teenagers thoroughly enjoyed the views, the hike, and the petroglyphs, which were numerous and varied. It's about a mile hike round trip through the rocks. We did it on an afternoon outing from Ruidoso, and the contrast of an cool alpine environment and the high desert in less than an hour's drive was striking.
  • I knew there would be a number of petroglyphs but I was truly astounded by just how many I saw! Take the regular "high trail" along the top of the ridge as well as the "low trail" to see additional petroglyphs. It was truly impressive to see the workmanship these people put into their art. Saw lots of little rabbits which were precious — luckily no rattlesnakes despite being specifically warned! Great place!
  • This is a great park. $5 fee is not bad. My family and I had a fun time finding all the petroglyphs from their brochure we picked up from the Park Rangers desk.
  • Easy hike and loads of petroglyphs to photograph. It was amazing.
  • Fairly easy 1 mile round trip rocky hike. There is elevation, but nothing a reasonably healthy person cannot handle. A great place to get acquainted with Petroglyphs. Bring your camera/phone! Great views on the rocks themselves where are the petroglyphs are, as well as the surrounding mountains and valleys.