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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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  • This was not on our original plan but one of our members suggested it. If you are anywhere near the area it should be on your list of what to see. I have seen a number of petroglyph sites and this is ...  more »
  • Should you find yourself in the area near White Sands or Alamogordo, seize the opportunity to take the 35 minute drive to this great site. A gradual winding path takes you through a prodigious display...  more »
  • 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 ...  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.