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 »
  • 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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