Three Rivers Petroglyph Site, Tularosa

#22 of 86 in Historic Sites in New Mexico
Must see · Ruin · Landmark
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 petroglyphs are there and are easy to find. A lot of people don't respect the rules and go off the trail, but definitely a cool place to see!  more »
  • Beautiful setting with mountains in distance. Easy 1/2 mile hike to glyphs. We explored for an hour but I could have spent much longer photographing the site as there are 20,000 here. We did not hike....  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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