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Three Rivers Petroglyph Site

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Address: Country Road B-30, Tularosa, NM 88352
Phone Number: 5755254300
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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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While the Three Rivers Petroglyph Site, just east of US 54, may not be exactly on your way to wherever it is that you're going, if you find yourself anywhere nearby, definitely... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Oak Park, Illinois
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Oak Park, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While the Three Rivers Petroglyph Site, just east of US 54, may not be exactly on your way to wherever it is that you're going, if you find yourself anywhere nearby, definitely stop and visit. Having hiked far distances into remote areas to see just a couple petroglyphs and pictographs, I was astounded to learn that in a relatively small,... More 

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Okeechobee, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We could not believe how many Petroglyphs we saw on a short uphill path! The Park Ranger will give you a map with some of the petroglyphs sites marked but you don't need it as they are everywhere! We kept our walk short, not because of the heat (only 87*) but because of the rattlesnake warnings! We passed the entrance... More 

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Scarborough
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2016

This is a great little site out in the middle of nowhere. You get a little booklet that highlights most of the best petroglyphs on a self-guided tour but the fun is clambering around and discovering them for yourself, there are some brilliant ones hidden away from the main areas and exploring a little does reap rewards. Watch your step... More 

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Kernersville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2016

For a short uphill hike, you can view petroglyphs, lots of petroglyphs...and watch the military aircraft taking off at the nearby airfield. The hike is moderate...walking sticks are available for loan at the entrance. There is a trail up the ridge, but the petroglyphs are everywhere.. even in the mountains immediately behind the ridge. Again...not too strenuous to hike. If... More 

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Gaffney, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016

My wife, grandson and myself were in Roswell, NM on a 4 day visit. I had looked up places to visit and found the Three Rivers Petroglyph Site. It was a 2 1/2 hour drive from Roswell but we felt it would have been a shame to be so close and not go see them. As I was driving there... More 

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dallas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

We have visited Three Rivers several times and never get tired of the petroglyphs as well as the beautiful scenery. The trail is easy enough as long as there are no mobility issues. They are building a new visitor center that should really be an added bonus!

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Houston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

Worth the 30 minute drive from Alamogordo. Most of the petroglyphs are atop a hill, requiring a 15 minute, fairly steep hike over rocky terrain. Watch the kids- Our group surprised two rattlers on the way back down the hill. If you don't want to make the uphill climb - there are several petroglyphs that can be seen very close... More 

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Arlington, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

No crowds. Fairly easy hiking and petroglyph after petroglyph with awe inspiring sunset and sunrise vistas. A little bit off the beaten path, but if you are in this area highly! recommend making the stop over. If you are into vistas, hiking and petroglyphs allow yourself plenty of time. Could be done in as little as 1 hour, or as... More 

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Colonial Heights, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

Excellent location for looking at petroglyphs. There are more than 20,000 glyphs recorded and you can wander all over the site, but I recommend you stick to the trail. The interpretive map highlights the best drawings.

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Amarillo, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

If petroglyphs hold no interest for you, drive on. But if you are fascinated by rock art, this is not to be missed. The main body of petroglyphs is along a ridge reached by a a rocky trail. I think the most challenging part was trying to keep my eyes open for rocks and other toe-stubbers, AND for the rattlesnakes... More 

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