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Three Rivers Petroglyphs

Country Road B-30, 17 Miles North of Tularosa, NM 88352
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Ranked #119 of 737 Attractions in New Mexico
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
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Owner description: Thousands of rock drawings left behind by ancient Native Americans can be found scattered throughout the site.
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Ottawa, Canada
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296 reviews 296 reviews
67 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Instead of rock art on cliff faces, there are an enormous number here on blocks of rock and boulders. That means you can see a new petroglyph around any corner od the trail or on the far side of any boulder. When walking, be sure to look behind you a few times to see what you may have overlooked. We... More

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San Diego, California
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19 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014 via mobile

This is an incredible petroglyph site for rock art enthusiasts. There are many images for the novice as well as the advanced observer. Trails are marked to some extent and there are many images outside the trail. This site has a large number of "faces" that is somewhat unusual. Use hiking boots and long pants to deter some the little... More

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Chincoteague Island, Virginia
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25 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

We took our time and looked off the trails at all we could and at the point 8 or 9 saw, off the beaten trail, but within 20 feet on the left what appeared to be a big eyed martian depiction. A short ways past there, after out camera battery died, we saw a round faced indiginent depiction with both... More

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Pueblo West, Colorado
5 reviews 5 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

The petroglyphs were great, well worth a visit, but our experience (October 11, 2014) was marred by the BLM host at the site. When we called ahead to ask about camping options, the guy was abrupt, quickly losing his temper with our questions and then slamming the phone down! Pretty unbelievable, especially considering he is representing the Bureau of Land... More

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El Paso, Texas, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

There are thousands of petroglyphs at this monument. I wouldn't drive strictly for this site, but it made driving through Carrizozo, NM, worth the time. If you're in Ruidoso, this is worth a few hours of your time. Note: It costs $5 per vehicle unless you have a National Park Annual Pass. Bring water, there is not much there, and... More

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Spring Grove, Illinois
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77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Off the beaten path, but well worth the stop. There is a carload entry fee of $5.00, but they do accept US National Park Pass. We were amazed at the quantity of petroglyphs and once you start the trail you will see them everywhere! There are many to see off the trail as well, but it is a very rugged... More

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New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

This park has an amazing number of petroglyphs. Definitely worth the trip. The park is remote with a beautiful backdrop of Sierra Blanca. Some of the best petroglyphs I have seen anywhere!

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Walnut Creek, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

This is one of the best petroglyph sites I've seen in North America. I enjoyed having to poke around and find the most densely decorated areas (good shoes and snake awareness required). Fun to imagine what the art might have meant to its creators. I also appreciated the lack of "recent" defacement, so common at other sites.

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Tularosa, New Mexico
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

The Three Rivers Petroglyphs are amazing! Lots of petroglyphs in one area and easy to see. Wear comfortable shoes as there is moderate walking involved! Water is a good idea too. Was there on a very windy day and still enjoyed it, even though I hate the wind!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

This really was a disappointing stop. Although they claim over 2000 petroglyphs, you would be hard pressed find them all. Basically you have a poorly marked trail, with petroglyphs on rocks and boulders. They are pretty worn from the elements, and while you can see quite a few, they aren't the deep, dramatic ones I expected. Once you hit the... More

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