Three Rivers Petroglyph Site

Coordinates: 33°20′49″N 106°00′42″W / 33.346944°N 106.011667°W / 33.346944; -106.011667
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Three Rivers Petroglyph site
Petroglyphs of animals at the site
Three Rivers Petroglyph Site is located in New Mexico
Three Rivers Petroglyph Site
Shown within New Mexico
Three Rivers Petroglyph Site is located in the United States
Three Rivers Petroglyph Site
Three Rivers Petroglyph Site (the United States)
LocationOtero County, New Mexico
Coordinates33°20′49″N 106°00′42″W / 33.346944°N 106.011667°W / 33.346944; -106.011667
CulturesMogollon culture

There are over 21,000 petroglyphs at the Three Rivers Petroglyph Site at Three Rivers, New Mexico,[1] located midway between Tularosa and Carrizozo in Otero County on Highway 54. Many of the petroglyphs can be easily viewed from a trail open to the public which winds through the rocks for about one mile. The petroglyphs are thought to be the product of the Jornada Mogollon people between about 1000 and 1400 AD. The site is protected and maintained by the Bureau of Land Management.

The locale is called Three Rivers because Indian Creek, Golondrina ("Swallow") Creek, and Three Rivers come together near the site.[2] The petroglyphs at Three Rivers were recorded during a six-year project by the Archaeological Society of New Mexico's Rock Art Recording Field Schools. Photographs and records are on file at the Bureau of Land Management's District Office in Las Cruces.[3]



  1. ^ Three Rivers Petroglyphs Site — 21,000 Carvings Accessed May 27, 2007.
  2. ^ Kelley, Shari A. (October 6, 2021). "Three Rivers Petroglyph Site". New Mexico Tech. Archived from the original on October 24, 2021. Retrieved February 21, 2024.
  3. ^ New Mexico BLM Three Rivers Petroglyphs website Archived 2007-06-18 at the Wayback Machine Accessed May 27, 2007.
  4. ^ Berrier, Margaret (2017-10-13). "Ceremonial Depictions of Bighorn Sheep Anthropomorphs in the Jornada Mogollon Region". {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)

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