So much more than a stunning pile of rocks in the middle of a valley near Tularosa, the Three Rivers Petroglyphs Site is among the most accessible and dazzling collections of petroglyphs in the Southwest. Simply climbing along the short trail in and around the rocks exposes you to ten of thousands--21,000 at latest count--of images that include animals, insects, faces, hands, human figures, and much more. Even more fun than identifying what each glyph depicts is taking in the marvelous abstractions and patterns with a strangely modern feel, despite the fact that the glyphs were created by the Jornada Mogollon with scraping and pitting tools between 900-1200 CE. You’ll also find a short trail to the ruins of a prehistoric village nearby, and a breathtaking view no matter which direction you look.
The site includes picnic shelters, restrooms, water, and RV camping. There is a nominal usage fee. It is located off of Highway 54 between Carrizozo and Tularosa, close to pistachio farms and wineries also worth a visit.