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Three Rivers Petroglyphs

Country Road B-30, 17 Miles North of Tularosa, NM 88352
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Ranked #85 of 726 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.
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New Mexico
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Tularosa, New Mexico
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
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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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Las Vegas, Nevada
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93 reviews 93 reviews
35 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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

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Fair Play, South Carolina
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70 reviews 70 reviews
36 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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.

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Toronto, Canada
16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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

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Ruidoso, New Mexico
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41 reviews 41 reviews
14 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Spectacular landscape and thousands of petroglyphs. I've visited several times and the view never fails to take my breath away. A short trail begins near the parking area that leads to the greatest concentration of ancient artwork. The trail is approx. 1/2 mile long and not difficult, however it is uphill and possibly not suitable for those with walking or... More

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Denver, Colorado
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

This petroglyph site is the most interesting site we have ever visited and my husband loves petroglyphs. There are 21,000 petroglyphs in the area which took 6 years to catalogue that are in a boulder field. You can stay strictly on the path or wander off in any direction and find more petroglyphs. There is a shaded rest area at... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

We only found out about this site because we were chatting with a Ranger at Tsankawi (part of Bandelier National Park, close to Santa Fe.) It is close to Alamagordo so you need to be going that far south or make a special trip. There are thousands of petroglyphs there, although you don't see them all. What is cool is... More

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