Three Rivers Petroglyph Site, Tularosa

#19 of 58 in Historic Sites in New Mexico
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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171 reviews
  • August 8, 2017
    We arrived totally unprepared. Since we were in flip flops and hatless we opted to only go to the sites close to the parking lot. The beauty of the area after the rain was breathtaking. We will defini...  more »
  • August 3, 2017
    About an hour drive from Ruidoso and totally worth it. I went to Wrangell, Alaska to see Petroglyphs on the beach and enjoyed it, but this site is truly awesome. I love pictographs and especially Petr...  more »
  • August 2, 2017
    Amazing place. Picture yourself in a valley in the centre of distant mountain ridges. Park your vehicle in over 100 degrees heath. I followed the hiking trail for five minutes and there was the greate...  more »
  • July 4, 2017
    Awesome collection of ancient images carved into the rocks. The parking and camping area is amazingly clean and spacious. While the is a collection point for entrance fees there were none when i stopped. Dont feel guilty or drop cash into the box. Enjoy the walk and donate a little extra at your next stop. The hike is moderate...short but lots of rocks in the path. Not wheelchair accessible, but there is a bench and telescope at the foot of the hill
  • June 14, 2017
    Great quick site to see. If you're driving near, by, past this place: just stop! It doesn't take super long to look around and enjoy this great historical area! The whole family will like it, and if they say they won't, they'll be surprised. I was the non-believer that this would be awesome. Once I got out of the car, I knew it would be awesome. Make the stop!
  • June 28, 2017
    I still remember the sound of wind swirling by. Excellent hike. Please note that it's a pretty rocky area, make sure you're in comfortable shoes.
  • May 30, 2017
    Go and see the doodles! It was great to imagine what lifestyle leads to a mountain covered in some pretty cool art.
  • June 26, 2017
    Amazing collection of ancient art easily viewed from trail. Worth the stop

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