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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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  • I have been to quite a few petroglyph sites in New Mexico over the years. The path here was easy to find, not that strenuous, and great scenic views. The path is rather rocky so you should be prepared...  more »
  • If your idea of a national park/monument is something like Yellowstone, where people sit in stadium seating crowds to watch Old Faithful erupt, or Grand Canyon where people push each other at the look...  more »
  • I have visited the site a few times to take friends to visit. It is a wonderful place that seems so calming. It is a great place to visit...  more »
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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.