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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Three Rivers Petroglyph Site Reviews
It was warm and quite a hike. If you go be sure you have a bottle of water. Watch for snakes and lizards. more »
We took the one mile hike and it was amazing to see all the petroglyphs. The scenery nearby was spectacular. It was not pet friendly so if you stop make sure it’s not in the summer. more »
If you're going to be within 50 miles of this place, it is worth a visit. Note, they only accept cash (exact change) for the entrance fee. There is a store about four miles from the entrance (you have to pass by it to get to the site) where you can break a bill. This park is usually not crowded and the walk is easy and pleasant.
Amazing place. Fantastic energy. Only thing to consider... Not exactly the best place to go during the hot summer days.
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