Three Rivers Petroglyph Site

Three Rivers Petroglyph Site, Tularosa

Three Rivers Petroglyph Site

Three Rivers Petroglyph Site
4.5
Ancient Ruins • Points of Interest & Landmarks
Read more
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Write a review
About
Thousands of rock drawings left behind by ancient Native Americans can be found scattered throughout the site.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
The area
Address
Country Road B-30, Tularosa, NM 88352
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
Popular mentions

4.5
237 reviews
Excellent
175
Very good
54
Average
4
Poor
2
Terrible
2

melendz
Houston, TX360 contributions
Friends
The main attraction is the 2-mile trail through a ridge that includes thousands of Petroglyphs. You can get a guide at the visitor center showing the location of 11 important ones, but you will see many more along the trail. There is a shorter, 0.5-mile loop trail that takes you to a partially excavated village (did not get a chance to visit this trail). The entrance for private vehicles is only $5, there are restroom facilities, and overnight camping is allowed (additional fee). There are hookups for 2 RVs.
Written April 13, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Tony K
Moreno Valley, CA706 contributions
Couples
The Kiosk where you pay ($5 Day Use per Car....Cheap !) has a brochure with Map of Trail. It’s a Trail lined or made with Rock Steps....you must be pretty “ sure footed” to walk this Trail. It’s not dangerous it’s just a lot of rocks, rock steps etc. It’s a 1/2 mile to the Shade Canopy but it really didn’t seem that far. One reason is there are so many Petroglyphs you are stopping/looking more than walking. They are easy to find and there are lots. As with any Desert type adventure watch ahead of where you are stepping or putting your hands for Rattlesnakes. We always use Treking/Walking poles and poke around ahead of where you think they might be. Overall for $5 we thought it was definitely worth seeing, the Walk/Hike isn’t that bad. Nice Bathrooms/Water at Trailhead. You can Camp there too.
Written April 25, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

JoGoingTX
Houston, TX25 contributions
We arrived late in the PM, stayed overnight at the campsite (nobody else there but the host) and completed the petroglyph walk the next morning. We've been to other petroglyph sites where you barely see any or more then 5 ... major WOW ... this place is a GEM. Once you've seen the first glyph you literally fall over them. They are everywhere. There are over 21,000 so you won't be disappointed!! The goose head (well beyond the shadow arch) is our favorite.
Written July 11, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

ann p
Walker, LA27 contributions
This site is a bureau of Land Management site. It is a little out of the way, but really worth the effort to find it. There is a small fee, but free if you have the America the Beautiful card.
It is a hike up a small mountain...totally not for those with bad knees! But not a difficult walk. As you are walking up the rocky trail, Indian stone drawings from 500 year ago start showing up on the rocks all around. The scenery and the nearby mountain range are spectacular. You need to allow at least 2 hours for this. There is a visitor center open Wednesday thru Sunday, and a picnic area aw well and nice bathrooms.
Our grandchildren, ages 7 and 9, were with us. They LOVED it!
Written April 18, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

maldenmusic
Malden, MO1,899 contributions
Couples
We read about this place as we were driving through the area so we built in some time to visit and so glad we did. It's a little out of the way but not hard to find. The nice woman at the office gave us a trail guide and off we went. We did the longer of the 2 trails and although it was described as rugged, we didn't have much trouble. The path is rocky but fairly well marked. Some of the petroglyphs are at eye level and others are up high but you are allowed to walk up to them. We've visited many petroglyph sites and then s is one of the best we've seen.
Written December 31, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

6isenoughforme
Pflugerville, TX174 contributions
We visited with teenagers on one of the hottest days of summer. Yes, it was hot but wasn't unbearable. It was about 20 minutes out of the way from any real town. Plenty of parking. $ 5-day pass per vehicle that you drop in a dropbox on the honor system. So be sure to bring cash. Bathrooms located in the Parking area. Picnic areas. Plenty of Petroglyphs to see. We walked all the way to the end on the trail and it was only about a mile or so. We thought it was pretty easy terrain. Wasn't very busy when we visited, due to COVID. I would say this takes about 1-2 hours to explore. Maybe longer if you bring a packed lunch and enjoy a picnic.
Written August 7, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Archie
Glenmoore, PA5,096 contributions
Family
This is an amazing site. We parked the car and took the trail. Definitely use a trail guide. The petroglyphs are much more clearer than the other ones we have seen. You can see big horn sheep, faces, spirals. The views are incredible too. Its a climb over rocks. Its a must do in this area.
Written April 16, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Mary R
Cincinnati, OH153 contributions
Couples
This site features a hiking trail with great access to many petroglyphs. The ranger volunteer was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. I climbed part of the rocky trail with hiking poles and a bad hip, and my husband did the whole trail. There is a small, staffed information building, restrooms, water, picnic tables, and a few camping sites. Great place for a morning hike!
Written October 23, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

jbwhitehouse
Dallas, TX1,712 contributions
The petroglyphs date back to between about 900 and 1400 AD, were created by Jornada Mogollon people who used stone tools to remove the dark patina on the exterior of the rock.  The Visitor Center is closed due to Covid19, but there is a very helpful guide near where one pays. It helps locate petroglyphs which are clearly numbered on the trail. Parts of the trail are a bit steep, but not hard to navigate.
Written July 24, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Katontherun
9 contributions
Couples
You don’t have to spend a lot of time to easily explore this wonderful site. Lots of petroglyphs to see and great views of the Tularosa Basin and the Sacramento Mountains. Steady stream of people coming and going but not too busy during the week.
Written November 5, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Showing results 1-10 of 230
Anything missing or inaccurate?
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Frequently Asked Questions about Three Rivers Petroglyph Site

Three Rivers Petroglyph Site is open:
  • Sun - Sat 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM