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“Ancient Artists ”

Three Rivers Petroglyph Site
Ranked #1 of 13 things to do in Tularosa
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Thousands of rock drawings left behind by ancient Native Americans can be found scattered throughout the site.
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

A nice site that’s managed by the BLM and here’s an information center, restroom facility and two hiking trails that unlike some other Petroglyphs sites, you are allowed, almost encouraged to find as many of the 21,000 Petroglyphs there.

Just be aware that this area in prone to rattlesnakes so carry a stick to hit on the ground to allow the vibrations to warn the snakes before you step on them.

Take sunscreen, a hat and plenty of water. There is a shade shelter on the trail that offers great views towards White Sands National Park and the beautiful Sierra Blanca peak at nearly 12,000 ft.

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Reviewed 4 February 2018

This place was so cool. Definitely off the beaten path, but not too far from White Sands and Alamogordo. The drive in was gorgeous and the parking/picnic tables/bathrooms were very well maintained. Hardy at the front desk was supremely friendly and super knowledgeable. The hike itself isn't terribly long, but it is a climb, especially if you want to go just-off the immediate path to see even more of the petroglyphs. We could have stayed a week and still not seen/found them all. We were totally blown away by the experience. WHAT an awesome place.

IMPORTANT: It is cash only and they can't make change! Bring $5 (it's a bargain!)

4  Thank SterlingChampion
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Reviewed 29 January 2018 via mobile

The actual site and visitor center is about five miles off the main highway. The slightly confusing sign makes it look like you’re going to the RV Park. But once you get there, there’s plenty of parking and it’s free, but there is a $5 fee to do the hike, unless you have the National Park Senior Pass. Evidently there are more petroglyphs here than most places and the scenery/geology is spectacular. Definitely worth a visit, especially if you’re in to this sort of thing. I recommend hiking boots and only people capable of mastering the terrain should do the hike.

2  Thank PasssionateTraveler
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Reviewed 25 January 2018

We got there excited to see this phenomenon. Well, first off the young lady at the front desk was so rude that we almost left. Do not even consider this place if you have any mobility issues at all. It is straight rock path with high steps in some areas. Yep there are scribbles on rocks but that is it. There are clean bathrooms and picnic tables and that area was nice. It is $5 per car to go into. No dogs at all! Was hard to find a shaded area to park for our dog.

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Reviewed 23 January 2018

A bit of a drive from Ruidoso or other towns in the area, but worth it for the petroglyphs. There was a terrible wind/dust storm, followed by heavy rain and dangerous lightning the only day we had to visit - NOT the usual weather for the area. Our visit was limited to the first portion of the petroglyph trail and the sites across the road. We were only able to get to the first peak on the ridge before heading back due to the lightning. There is a large number of petroglyphs very soon after you cross the little foot bridge. Look closely - it's almost like an Easter egg hunt!

Although we walked the trail for the remains of the village, we did not get a chance to walk down to the river.

There is a wide variety of animal, symbol, and human representations. Some are faded and others are very clear. You'll find petroglyphs boldly on rock faces and tucked into little nooks.

This is a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) public lands site. The park ranger and on-site volunteer were pleasant and helpful. There is a nice color brochure for the park. The facility was clean and the restrooms were about what you expect for a park, but were very clean. There are a couple of picnic sites, a group site, and 2 RV sites. Fees are reasonable and posted on their website.

Bring sunscreen, snacks or a picnic, and water. Wear comfortable hiking shoes and clothes appropriate for the weather. It's a rugged natural area and there are bound to be critters around, especially in warmer weather, including the chance of snakes. Don't stick your hands into crevices or under rocks.

Take the time to soak in the area and imagine how people lived here in pre-historic times.

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