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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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Brilliant Ancient Artwork

Where else can you find over 20000 petroglyphs in a concentrated area? Three Rivers Petroglyphs near Tularosa in southern New Mexico is the place. There are so many petroglyphs... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
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Columbus, Ohio
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Columbus, Ohio
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49 reviews 49 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Where else can you find over 20000 petroglyphs in a concentrated area? Three Rivers Petroglyphs near Tularosa in southern New Mexico is the place. There are so many petroglyphs here that it is hard to stay looking at one as more quickly catch your eye in your peripheral vision.Add to this an amazing desert landscape with views over 50 miles... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

The petroglyphs are not to be missed. They are located out in the middle of no where, but if you love historical culture don't miss out. Make sure to carry water since it is very hot and dry in the summer. The hike involves a little bit of climbing, but my 85 year old spry mother walked around just fine.... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

The location is remote, and it is not well known but it is one of the best sites we have visited for petroglyphs. The hike is not very difficult or long, and the petroglyphs are easily seen and accessible. I recommend going out of the way for this place

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Amarillo, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Such a great place to visit, inexpensive fee, decent trail, beautiful scenery and amazing rock art. So many petroglyphs to see and you are able to get up close and personal with them. The family had a great time walking the trail and looking for petroglyphs. It's a bit off the beaten path but if you are in the area... More 

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

We really enjoy taking our friends to the petroglyphs each time we are in New Mexico. It is really cool and amazing to see how many there are. There is nothing close for food so you need to take your own in. There is a covered bench at the top but other than that - everything is picnic tables at... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

There are certainly sites around the world that have older rock art, but what makes this site amazing is the sheer number of pictures. It's an easy place to find. Wear sturdy shoes, bring water and your camera. The number of pictures in a relatively small area is astounding. Take your time and look around. The map provided could certainly... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

We come to Ruidoso, New Mexico to work on our cabin several times a year. When that happens, I just have to make a side trip to Three Rivers Petroglyphs. We always stop briefly at Malpaise to walk over large hunks of lava at the side of the road before we come here.to tour the site. We can't rely on... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

You will not see more un-curated petroglyphs in one place anywhere else in the world. Through the site may be easily toured in just a few hours and the paths are well marked and tended, the petroglyphs are everywhere you look. Bring a camera and a spare battery and memory. I've been there several times (used to take NMSU Communication... More 

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Houston
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29 helpful votes 29 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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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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