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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  • The hike isn't that strenuous and you can see hundreds of petroglyphs up and personal. They are scattered everywhere. Be careful where you step on rocks because there are so many laying around. 
    The hike isn't that strenuous and you can see hundreds of petroglyphs up and personal. They are scattered everywhere. Be careful where you step on rocks because there are so many laying around.  more »
  • This site is a bureau of Land Management site. It is a little out of the way, but really worth the effort to find it. There is a small fee, but free if you have the America the Beautiful card. It is....  more
    This site is a bureau of Land Management site. It is a little out of the way, but really worth the effort to find it. There is a small fee, but free if you have the America the Beautiful card. It is....  more »
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  • Great natural site with 21,000 + petroglyphs most of which you won't see. Follow "trails" leading off main trails to find some and look at all sides. The artists used their best sides but frequently deferred to a comfortable position. Plan on a couple hours of scrambling around and enjoy yourself interpreting the images.
  • Such a unique and beautiful place. It's a hidden gem for sure. Barely any people so it's nice and quiet. The hike is short (~1 mile per trail). Make sure to stop by the welcome center!

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