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Three Rivers Petroglyph Site, Tularosa

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4.6/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web
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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  • While the Three Rivers Petroglyph Site, just east of US 54, may not be exactly on your way to wherever it is that you're going, if you find yourself anywhere nearby, definitely stop and visit. Having ...  read more »
  • We could not believe how many Petroglyphs we saw on a short uphill path! The Park Ranger will give you a map with some of the petroglyphs sites marked but you don't need it as they are everywhere! We ...  read more »
  • This is a great little site out in the middle of nowhere. You get a little booklet that highlights most of the best petroglyphs on a self-guided tour but the fun is clambering around and discovering t...  read more »
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • We enjoyed the hiking more than anything else. Made a 3 mile hiking loop over the rock piles/ mountains and enjoyed the views surrounding the land.
  • Beautiful views and fascinating depictions, although they are quite faded.
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