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Three Rivers Petroglyphs

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Address: Country Road B-30, 17 Miles North of Tularosa, NM 88352
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Description: Thousands of rock drawings left behind by ancient Native Americans can be...
Thousands of rock drawings left behind by ancient Native Americans can be found scattered throughout the site.
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Abstract, prairie, wind, mountain views

You finally get to be on the prairie you drive past. You climb rocky outcrop mounds. There are thousands of petroglyphs. You will not see them all. It does not matter. Do not try... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 5, 2015
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Houston
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90 reviews 90 reviews
32 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

You finally get to be on the prairie you drive past. You climb rocky outcrop mounds. There are thousands of petroglyphs. You will not see them all. It does not matter. Do not try to interpret them either. It does not matter. Enjoy the location and the knowledge that hundreds of years ago people scratched them into the stones. A... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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36 reviews 36 reviews
31 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

The walk/hike is moderately difficult but manageable if you can take your time. Children, of course, can easily scamper around and everyone can go off-trail to see those not on the trail. Half the fun is finding them. The other half is guessing what they are.

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Ottawa, Canada
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75 attraction reviews
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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
54 helpful votes 54 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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203 reviews 203 reviews
25 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 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
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9 reviews 9 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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169 helpful votes 169 helpful votes
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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28 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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