Three Rivers Petroglyphs


Astronomical observation sites in the Tularosa Basin encompass the entire spectrum of activities. The earliest archaeoastronomy observation sites in the state have been discovered in the Sacramento Mountains. Nearby prehistoric petroglyphs at the Three Rivers site graphically detail the views of ancient man, to include thoughts on celestial activities, such as stars, moons, and galactic designs. This is not surprising, since the skies above Southern New Mexico are pristine for stargazing, a fact noted by ancient sky gazers on through to present day astronomers (and the occasional intelligence collection organizations).

~Joseph T. Page II
New Mexico Space Trail

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Official Website: Three Rivers Petroglyph Site
Active: AD 900 - 1400
GPS Coordinates: Coming Soon
Getting There: The site is located 17 miles north of Tularosa, NM, and 28 miles south of Carrizozo, NM on U.S. 54. Turn east from U.S. 54 at Three Rivers onto County Road B30 and travel five miles on paved road, following signs. 
Hours of Operation: Year around, 8am to 7pm April to October, 8am to 5pm October to April
Cost: $5 per vehicle
Fun Fact: Over 20,000 Petroglyphs to explore