#mypubliclandsroadtrip kicks of the weekend at Three Rivers Petroglyph Site in New Mexico, a site that offers direct access to petroglyphs.
The number and concentration of petroglyphs at Three Rivers make it one of the largest and most interesting petroglyphs sites in the Southwest. More than 21,000 glyphs of birds, humans, animals, fish, insects and plants as well as numerous geometric and abstract designs are scattered over 50 acres of New Mexico’s northern Chihuahuan Desert. The petroglyphs at Three Rivers, dating back to between about 900 and 1400 AD, were created by the Jornada Mogollon people who used stone tools to remove the dark patina on the exterior of the rock. A small pueblo ruin is nearby and Sierra Blanca towers above to the east.
A detailed guide to the petroglyphs is available at the Three Rivers Petroglyph Site.