Three Rivers Petroglyphs

September 16, 2018
7:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Howdy’s Gas Station, Hwy 54 & McCombs.

Backcountry Treks
There is a $5/car entrance fee.
Contact Name:
Valerie Provencio
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Enjoy hiking and learning about the prehistoric culture who probably created The Three Rivers Petroglyphs located just north of Tularosa, NM. The glyphs are outstanding examples of prehistoric Jornada Mogollon rock art. The basaltic ridge rising above the Three Rivers Valley contains over 21,000 petroglyphs, including masks, sunbursts, wildlife, handprints, and geometric designs. It represents one of the largest and most interesting rock art sites in the Southwest.

More than 21,000 glyphs of birds, humans, animals, fish, insects and plants, as well as numerous geometric and abstract designs are scattered over 50 acres of New Mexico’s northern Chihuahuan Desert. The petroglyphs at Three Rivers, dating 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. A small pueblo ruin is nearby and Sierra Blanca towers above to the east. A detailed petroglyph guide is available at the Three Rivers Petroglyph Site.

Restrooms and drinking water are available. Pets are allowed only in the campground (on leash), but are not allowed on the trails. Bring your cameras! Bring snacks and a lunch. Wear sunscreen.

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