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Near Tularosa in Otero County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Three Rivers Petroglyph Site

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, July 25, 2011
1. Three Rivers Petroglyph Site Marker
Inscription. Inhabitants of a nearby village made the Three Rivers Petroglyphs (rock carvings) over 600 years ago. Over 20,000 petroglyphs have been identified in the area. The people were of the Jornada Mogollon (hor-NAH-da muggy-OWN) prehistoric Indian culture, of which there are no known modern descendants.

The petroglyphs' purpose and meaning are not entirely clear. Some depict the animals and plants the people saw around them. Many almost certainly had religious meaning. The ridge may have been a good lookout point, a sacred site, a stop on a trade route, or a point on a territorial boundary.

The Petroglyphs have endured here for centuries. Please be careful with this fragile resource so they may be enjoyed for years to come.
 
Erected by U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management.
 
Location. 33° 20.688′ N, 106° 0.544′ W. Marker is near Tularosa, New Mexico, in Otero County. Marker can be reached from County Road B030 4.5 miles east of U.S. 54. Touch for map. Marker is at the west side of the parking area. Marker is in this post office area: Tularosa NM 88352, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 17 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies
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By Bill Kirchner, July 25, 2011
2. Three Rivers Petroglyph Site Marker
The Petroglyph trail starts just behind the marker and goes up the ridge to the right.
. A different marker also named Three Rivers Petroglyph Site (approx. 4.3 miles away); Three Rivers (approx. 4.3 miles away); Round Mountain (approx. 15.2 miles away); Blazerís Mill (approx. 16.1 miles away).
 
More about this marker. This is a 'use fee area' $2.00 per car.
 
Categories. Native AmericansNotable Places
 
Three Rivers Petroglyph image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 28, 2008
3. Three Rivers Petroglyph
Often, animals are abstract to the point that they are not identifiable, but in Jornada-style rock art, bighorn sheep like this one are usually depicted realistically. The legs are bent as though to represent motion.
Three Rivers Petroglyph image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 28, 2008
4. Three Rivers Petroglyph
Faces and masks are positioned on rocks is such a way that they are three dimensional. The effect is that the whole boulder has a life-like quality.
Three Rivers Petroglyph image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 28, 2008
5. Three Rivers Petroglyph
Quadruped images are similar to those found on Mimbres black-on-white pottery. The body is usually filled with geometric designs.
Three Rivers Petroglyph image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 28, 2008
6. Three Rivers Petroglyph
Jornada rock art often incorporated natural rock features into their work. Here, a nodule on the rock is the bighorn sheep's eye.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 12, 2011, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 657 times since then and 67 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 12, 2011, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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