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Three Rivers Petroglyph Site

Tour of the Deserts | Honeymoon Adventure
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Three Rivers Slab
Large slabs of rock containing petroglyphs at the Three Rivers Petroglyph Site.

After spending a nice evening at Saguaro National Park it was time for another day of driving. This time we would be heading further east into the Chihuahuan Desert of New Mexico. It was a pretty uneventful drive through a new area of the country for both of us. We arrived in Alamogordo just in time to check into our hotel and then we continued driving north through the Tularosa Valley so we could visit the Three Rivers Petroglyph Site.

The Three Rivers Petroglyph Site is located on a basaltic ridge that rises from the Three Rivers Valley near the base of the Sierra Blanca (White Mountains) which contains many examples of prehistoric Jornada Mogollon rock art. According to information I have read about this site, there are over 21,000 petroglyphs located here including masks, sunbursts, wildlife, handprints and geometric designs.

Welcome to the Three Rivers Petroglyph Site.

Three Rivers Petroglyph Site

We spent a few hours exploring the site and searching for petroglyphs scattered among the boulders on the ridge. We found quite a few of them and probably could have spent a lot more time searching and continued to find more. This site definitely will warrant a return visit the next time we are down this way.

Here are a selection of photos of the many petroglyphs that we saw.

Boulders & Petroglyphs

Three Rivers Designs

Hand & Foot

Hunted Sheep

Three Rivers Face

Rectangle Sheep

Busy Boulder

Bird & Sheep

Leaping Sheep

Lizard Man

Bird Rock

Bird Grab

While we were driving through Alamogordo earlier in the day we noticed that there was a Carino’s Italian Restaurant in town. This was one of our favorite restaurants until the one in Grand Junction closed a few years ago, so after we returned to town we took the opportunity to have dinner there. It was just as good as I remembered!

>> Three Rivers Petroglyph Site Photo Gallery

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