Three Rivers Petroglyphs — Part 1


Three Rivers Petroglyphs Site

Three Rivers Petroglyphs Site

Following lunch at the charming La Luz restaurant Nuckleweed Place, we continued on our day trip destination — The Three Rivers Petroglyph Site.

Desertscape

Desertscape

The Three Rivers Petroglyphs are located some seventeen miles north of Tularosa, New Mexico, in the shadow of the Sierra Blanca Mountains and impressive Sierra Blanca Peak at 11,981 feet (3,652 meters) above sea level.

Sierra Blanca Peak Shrouded in Cloud

Sierra Blanca Peak Shrouded in Cloud

At Three Rivers you’ll find an extraordinary display of early Jornado Mogollon rock art — over 21,000 pieces scattered about the area.  The Mogollon predated the Mescalero Apache in this area by several hundred years.

Petroglyphs

Petroglyphs

A short hike from the main petroglyph site takes you to excavations of an early Mogollon settlement.

Excavated Jornado Mogollon Home

Excavated Jornado Mogollon Home

Continuing east of Three Rivers for about four miles will bring you to the small Niño de Atocha Church.

 

Niño de Atocha Church

Niño de Atocha Church

For for today let us concentrate on some incredible prehistoric rock art and the surrounding desertscapes:

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  1. Great pics as always, Doug. I have a photo post of rocks that double as an ancient cult site coming up as well, so this fits nicely.