Petroglyphs at Three Rivers Petroglyph Site north of Alamogordo, New Mexico.

Three Rivers Petroglyph Site

Thirty-five miles north of Alamogordo is Three Rivers Petroglyph Site. At this site, there are over 21,000 petroglyphs within an area of 50 acres. The site is half-way between Corrizozo and Tularosa, off US Highway 54.

Photographs from Three Rivers Petroglyph Site

These photographs show the variety of petroglyphs at the site. The subjects include humanoids, animals, fish, as well as numerous geometric and abstract designs.

Who carved these petroglyphs?

Carved by Jornada Mogollon people, the petroglyphs at Three Rivers date to between about 900 and 1400 AD. The Moggolon used stone tools to remove the desert varnish on the exterior of basalt boulders .

About the petroglyph site

The Bureau of Land Management manages theThree Rivers Petroglyph Site. In addition to having maintained trails through the boulder field, there is a campground for tents and campers. For directions and additional information, go to: https://www.blm.gov/visit/three-rivers-petroglyph-site.

The New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources has more information about the site, especially about the geology of the basaltic rocks, at https://geoinfo.nmt.edu/tour/landmarks/three_rivers/home.html.

More photographs from this area

This area of New Mexico is very photogenic. In addition to Three Rivers, take a look at photographs from White Sands National Monument.

Purchasing our photographs

All of our scenic photographs are available as fine art prints. Use the contact form to the right to get more information. Or, go to our Fine Art Print page to learn about various pricing options.