An easy day trip from Valley of Fires or Oliver Lee State Park (Alamogordo) is the Three Rivers Petroglyph Site. The site is located 17 miles north of Tularosa and 28 miles south of Carrizozo off U.S. 54. A one mile (round trip) hike takes you through a basaltic ridge where you can view over 21,000 images scratched into the desert varnish of these rocks.
The images were created about 1,000 years ago by the Jornada Mogollon people, and feature a fabulous array of animals, birds, masks, and geometric symbols. There is a small entry fee (free if you have an access pass). There are sheltered picnic tables. restrooms and a small visitor center. This time we took a small trail across the road to a partially excavated prehistoric village. This entire area is very special – so take your time to explore!