We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Three Rivers Petroglyphs

Country Road B-30, 17 Miles North of Tularosa, NM 88352
Website
Improve this listing
Ranked #130 of 732 Attractions in New Mexico
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins
Description: Thousands of rock drawings left behind by ancient Native Americans can be found scattered throughout the site.
Write a Review

63 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    43
    16
    1
    1
    2
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
Pueblo West, Colorado
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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

Was this review helpful? Yes
El Paso, Texas, USA
Top Contributor
195 reviews 195 reviews
53 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Spring Grove, Illinois
Top Contributor
93 reviews 93 reviews
26 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 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

Was this review helpful? Yes
New Mexico
Contributor
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!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Walnut Creek, California
Senior Reviewer
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Tularosa, New Mexico
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
16 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Las Vegas, Nevada
Top Contributor
100 reviews 100 reviews
38 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Went here while visiting my family in NM. Was raised near here most of my childhood and never knew this was so close. Its located about 30 minutes south of Carrizozo, NM. Highest concentration of petroglyphs in the region. There are thousands! Go early in the morning in warmer months as there is no shade! The visitors "shack" is very... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Fair Play, South Carolina
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
36 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

As previously posted well off the beaten path but definitely worth it! Make sure you bring comfortable hiking shoes as the paths are primitive and at times steep.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Toronto, Canada
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

I decided during one of my trips to Ruidoso and Mescalero, to go around the mountain for a scenic trip. Why? Because I hadn't taken that trip before. It was a gorgeous spring day, and sunny out. I passed Tularosa, and was heading back to Albuquerque when I saw the sign for the gift shop and saw the sign for... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Three Rivers Petroglyphs also viewed

 

Been to Three Rivers Petroglyphs? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing