Reviewed Aug. 29, 2020

Spectacular Petroglyphs, over 20,000 to view

Must see recreational site with 2 trails, 11 picnic areas with shelters and grills, and really clean restrooms located south of Carrizozo, NM, and north of Tularosa, NM. Quick day trip after White Sands National Monument, Alamogordo, NM.

Open daily from 8 am to 5 pm. Fee area. Only $5 for day use but cash or check only. National Park Passes such as America the Beautiful, Golden Age, Active Military are free day use and half off dry camping/RV hookup. No camping yet.

Three Rivers Trading Post located 4 miles from site can make change. Park Hosts on site are very friendly and helpful but cannot make change.

Free Trail maps are available at Display Board next to fee drop box. The trail map explains petroglyphs at 11 stations. Covered rest area with scenic views of Sacramento and Godfey Mountains located after station 11.

Dogs and other pets must be leashed in campground (no camping in the 11 sites and 2 RV sites since March 2020 due to Covid). No dogs on trails allowed.

Main petroglyph trail is moderate, not easy, as steep in some parts. Be careful to stay on trail due to sharp thorns from mesquite and the possibility of rattlesnakes. Bring lots of water as this is Chihuahuan Desert. Hiking boots recommended.

Village trailhead begins in the campground and continues across the road from the entrance sign. This easy flat 1/4 mile loop showcases 3 reconstructed Jornada Mogollon pit homes.

Camping not open. When open, the 2 RV sites have electricity and water. No dump station. Closest dump station is BLM Valley of Fires, Carrizozo, NM. When open, 11 dry campsites with upright grills and garbage cans. Five of the 11dry sites have clean elevated tent boxes. Water spigot located by Village trailhead. Don' wash dishes in the bathrooms. 14 day limit for both RV and dry camping. First come, first serve.

When open, RV hook up is $18 a day, and dry camping is $7 a day.

This is a great day trip. Most people take an hour on the main trail and then picnic.

  • Entrance sign to this BLM rec site, open for Day Use from 8 am to 5 pm, fee area, $5 cash or check.
  • Famous face petroglyph, Jornada Mogollon people, on main trail.
  • Most widely recognized Three Rivers Petroglyph Site glyph, bighorn sheep with 3 arrows, on main trail, moderate 1 mile hike round trip.
  • View of Three Rivers Petroglyph Site campground after rain shower, Sacramento Mountains in background.
  • View of Three Rivers Petroglyph Site campground with 13 picnic shelters with grills, restrooms, and Visitor Center (center not open since March 2020 due to Covid 19).
  • Geometric petroglyphs thought to be older; these pecked rock glyphs number over 20,000 on this 1 mile ridge; 400 AD to 1200 AD from Jornada Mogollon peoples.