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Three Rivers Petroglyphs

Country Road B-30, 17 Miles North of Tularosa, NM 88352
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Ranked #87 of 711 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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Tularosa, New Mexico
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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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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Las Vegas, Nevada
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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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36 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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
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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
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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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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
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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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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Houston, Texas
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Stopping here was a last minute decision that we were very glad we made. It wasn't as far off the beaten path as I had been expecting. The trail to see the petroglyphs is very easy and close to the parking area. Kids (7 and 9 years old) enjoyed trying to find the petroglyphs pictured on the map. Great way... More

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ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Don't give up driving further and further until you think you passed it. Suddenly you see campers and know you have arrived. There are simply wonderful petroglyphs to see here. There is no ranger assistance at all and we only saw one guide brochure. Clean, flush toilets. This is no place for anyone with a disability. We only did 1/4... More

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