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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  • This place was so cool. Definitely off the beaten path, but not too far from White Sands and Alamogordo. The drive in was gorgeous and the parking/picnic tables/bathrooms were very well maintained. Ha...  more »
  • The actual site and visitor center is about five miles off the main highway. The slightly confusing sign makes it look like you’re going to the RV Park. But once you get there, there’s plenty of parki...  more »
  • We got there excited to see this phenomenon. Well, first off the young lady at the front desk was so rude that we almost left. Do not even consider this place if you have any mobility issues at all. I...  more »
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  • Such an amazing piece of history. Definitely worth spending the day exploring. You can take tons of photos and get very close to the petroglyphs but remember DON'T TOUCH THEM. We need to be sure these gems stay for generations to come. The ranger there is very helpful and knowledgeable.
  • Very educational and peaceful experience. Our kiddos learn so much and staff was very down to earth. Also super clean camp ground.
  • Perfect place to get outside in the winter. So much to see with a gorgeous backdrop of mountains. Gets the imagination going, since so much about the petroglyphs is unexplained.
  • This an excellent place to see some native American art. There are so many petroglyphs here and the walk through them is not very difficult.
  • So glad we stopped! Head to the visitor center and talk with the ranger there about the site. Go check out the excavated dwellings about 5min walk then hike up the hills and enjoy hunting for the rock carvings. Take comfortable shoes, hats, sunscreen, and water. Great fun even for little kids!

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