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Three Rivers Petroglyph Site

County Road B30, Tularosa, New Mexico 88352 USA

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“Nature in Three Rivers, MN”

The Three Rivers Petroglyph Site is one of the few locations in the Southwest set aside solely because of its rock art. It is also one of the few sites giving visitors such direct access to petroglyphs. The number and concentration of petroglyphs here make it one of the largest and most interesting petroglyphs sites in the Southwest. More than 21,000 glyphs of birds, humans, animals, fish, insects and plants, as well as numerous geometric and abstract designs are scattered over 50 acres of New Mexico's northern Chihuahuan Desert. The petroglyphs at Three Rivers, dating back to between about 900 and 1400 AD, were created by Jornada Mogollon people who used stone tools to remove the dark patina on the exterior of the rock. A small pueblo ruin is nearby and Sierra Blanca towers above to the east. A detailed petroglyph guide is available at the Three Rivers Petroglyph Site.

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Reviewed by
osailb

  • 9 Reviews
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July 23, 2016
Rated 5.0

We very much enjoyed this site. It was a somewhat challenge to climb, for an older adult, but doable and definitely worth it. Plan for a couple hours and bring water in the hot months. Awesome place to visit if petroglyphs interest you.

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osailb

  • 9 Reviews
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July 23, 2016
Rated 5.0

We loved this site. Very enjoyable. Plan for about a two hour visit.

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Gallopingphotog

  • 4 Reviews
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May 21, 2016
Rated 4.0

We were there on a recent weekday and were the only people, aside from the nice man who welcomed us. The hike up the main ridge was somewhat challenging for those of us of aging bones and lungs, but we made it. The petroglyphs are everywhere; see some on one side of a rock, then go around to the backside and there are more. I think sunset would be pretty neat here, and good opportunities for night-sky photography if you camp. A tip: we looked for the specific address on Google and it routed us to a nice family's backyard tomato patch. Just head north out of Tularosa and look for the familiar brown National Park signs. And take water!

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Reviewed by
princie_80

  • 18 Reviews
  • 7 Helpful
October 02, 2015
Rated 4.0

Love the petroglyphs and loved the hike!! If your a fan of the outdoors and beautiful scenery, you will love this place!!

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DuaneBaker

  • 5 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
May 11, 2015
Rated 5.0

They have tent and RV spots available, however only 2 RV spots and both are pull thru. I spent about 3 hours traversing the rocky hills and taking photographs. It was pretty neat although there has been some modern day art added as well. :( The site is very clean and well kept. The hostess was extremely helpful and nice. It was a pleasant surprise to see such a nice looking campground area. Also the skies are pretty dark when the moon is not around. I would definitely recommend to anyone who would be interested.

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Three Rivers Petroglyph Site

County Road B30
Tularosa, New Mexico
88352 USA

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