Three Rivers Petroglyph Site


The Three Rivers Petroglyph Site, which contains more than 21,000 petroglyphs, is managed by BLM.  A ˝-mile hiking trail (1 mi. round trip) wanders among numerous petroglyphs made by the Jornada Mogollon people that inhabited the area between A.D. 1000 and A.D. 1400.  These petroglyphs were made by removing the dark patina from the outer surface of the rock, using stone tools.  The patina results from oxidation of minerals in the rock’s surface, so that as the newly exposed surface oxidates, the petroglyphs become less distinct.  

There are petroglyphs that clearly represent animals, birds, corn, the sun, and other real objects, but there are also petroglyphs which represent mythical beings and some geometric designs.



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