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“Wonderful place to explore” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Three Rivers Petroglyphs

Three Rivers Petroglyphs
Country Road B-30, 17 Miles North of Tularosa, NM 88352
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Ranked #68 of 706 attractions in New Mexico
Type: Ancient Ruins
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Owner description: Thousands of rock drawings left behind by ancient Native Americans can be found scattered throughout the site.
West Valley City, Utah
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“Wonderful place to explore”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Our family spent a day exploring the petroglyphs. There are literally hundreds of pieces of rock art to find. The drawings are EVERYWHERE! It was pretty incredible. It is a little bit of a hike to get to the site, but nothing nasty. Our kids (all six of them) loved climbing all over the rocks. We were encouraged by the local ranger to wander all over the hillside and see what we could find. It was a great excursion. For a $5 fee for the whole family it was well worth the trip.

Visited June 2013
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Nashville, Tennessee
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“A must see!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

This site is fantastic for families, couples, singles, most ages, there is a bit of a hike, the farther up the trail you go, the more you see. Be sure to walk up one way and down the other to maximize your "finds". The children love looking for the petroglyphs and identifying what they found. We easily found hundreds, there are over 21,000! This is a phenomenal place to stop and explore. Highly recommend as numerous other petroglyph sites we have traveled to do not have the numbers as they do here, are much more of a challenge to get to and sometimes you are blocked from getting too close to them. Do not forget your sunblock.

Visited July 2013
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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“first time to see so many concentrated w/in a small space”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

The charge was $5 per car. Was amazed to see so many petroglyphs in such a walkable manner instead of hiking for a long time to see perhaps only one significant one. I saw a young family trekking together up the hill on the trail. So interesting to ponder what each one may have been left to signify to others, including us. The views from the top are also rewarding. Was well worth the trip. Should also visit Malpais, the Valley of Fires, which is nearby.

Visited May 2013
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Shoreview, Minnesota
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“Worth the trip!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

We heard about the petroglyphs from a fellow hiker at White Sands, and having a couple of spare hours, we made the trip up Highway 54 to the site. This is a BLM site (not a national park) but it has a Ranger office, bathrooms, parking and picnic tables. The Ranger was super helpful and provided us with a couple of maps and information about the site and the neighboring excavation site across the road. The Ranger office closes at 4 (this was a Sunday) so plan accordingly. The trails were well marked, but steep and not easy for someone who has limited mobility. The trail ends in about a mile out from the parking lot, but hikers can venture out further than the marked trail if they want. There are supposedly 21,000 petroglyphs in the area, and it seemed like hundreds were just on the trail itself. I seriously thought I'd run out of memory in my camera, I was snapping so pictures many of them. They are fascinating to find and try and figure out what they are. it was one of my favorite hikes in the area.

Visited April 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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“Great for kids!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

The Ranger will give you a one sheet that show several petroglyphs and it can be used like a treasure hunt to make the half mile hike go unnoticed! There is a vista that allows you to see both the black lava flow to the east and the white sands to the west. Our kids hikes another half mile or so past the rest area at the end of the half mile trail (2 6 yr olds and a 12 yr old). Picnic tables available in the parking area. Then we drove on to see the White Sands........

Visited March 2013
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