Three Rivers Petroglyph Site, Tularosa

4.7
Ruin Landmark Must See
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 good place to take a somewhat rigorous hike while looking for ancient petroglyphs that are scattered throughout the site.  more »
  • Off the beaten path so rather quiet and not too wrecked by people who love to leave their mark on everything. Sure, there are some graffiti next to or covering some of the 21,000+ petroglyphs but...  more »
  • This is one of my very favorite places during any season, although the sun can be difficult during the summer. If you are traveling solo, with your best friend/spouse, and looking for a break from...  more »
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  • If you're going to be within 50 miles of this place, it is worth a visit. Note, they only accept cash (exact change) for the entrance fee. There is a store about four miles from the entrance (you have to pass by it to get to the site) where you can break a bill. This park is usually not crowded and the walk is easy and pleasant.
  • Amazing place. Fantastic energy. Only thing to consider... Not exactly the best place to go during the hot summer days.
  • Update from 2012: Amazing! This was my first time seeing petroglyphs and I absolutely enjoyed every second of it. The views from here are amazing. Even watched the sun set which will always be remembered.
  • Probably the best petroglyph site in the United States. The rocks are covered in petroglyphs. This place really should be a national monument even though it is quite small, the scale is amazing!
  • A very nice park, quiet, great star show overnight while camping. Great Petroglyphs. We did encounter a snake along the path though, so walk loudly.

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