"There are over 21,000 petroglyphs at the Three Rivers Petroglyph Site at Three Rivers, New Mexico , 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." link
The hike to see the petroglyphs is steep in places but fairly easy. We saw hundreds of petroglyphs so I'll try to pick out some of my favorites.
|A lizard greeted us at the entrance|
This was a great place to spend an afternoon. I highly recommend it! We both agreed we would like to come back here again if we're in the area.
There was a pretty cool trading post on the turn-off to Three Rivers. I never bypass a trading post but I'm usually disappointed. This one was the real deal-a little touristy but all the products were authentic Native American or locally made. They even had a case of "Old Pawn" which is the true sign of an authentic trading post.
|Painted Burro in front of Trading Post|
|Old Pawn (sorry it's blurry)|
Three Rivers is mostly a ghost town now but there were a few restored buildings behind the trading post.
|Three Rivers School 1904|
We've been on a couple of interesting hikes and day trips while we were here so I'll probably post another blog entry soon with pictures from the Valley of Fire and the Smokey Bear Museum in Capitan. I began this post with a lizard picture so I think I'll end with one. This was from Elephant Butte. I posted it already on Facebook but it's one of my favorite pictures so I want to post it here for posterity. Thanks for visiting!