Earlier this month a couple of fellow campers told us about Three Rivers Petroglyphs BLM Site in Tularosa, New Mexico. Swayed by their description, we decided to give it a shot! The site is located 100 miles north-east of Las Cruces and was easily on our route toward Roswell.
Here’s our experience:
Location: Tularosa, New Mexico
GPS: 33.34417, -106.00749
Price: $3.50 (We received a 50% with our National Park Pass). Our site had no hookups, but we did have a picnic table with a covered pavilion and a large trash can. There are two sites with water & electric, those are $14/night.
Date/Temp: February 28-29, with a high of 80 and a low of 40
Amenities: The campground offers a water source, trash pickup, and clean flush toilets. There is a well maintained hiking trail & viewing area with handicap accessible features. Be Warned, the campsites are very uneven.
Noise: Upon arrival there were 6 other campers here – however, it was always very quiet. This campground seems to draw a mature group of people interested in history.
Wifi/Cell: The campground doesn’t offer wifi. We received 2 bars of T-Mobile 4G, enough to stream Netflix. Our AT&T service received a strong 3G signal.
Grocery/Errands: Downtown Tularosa is 10 miles from the campground. We filled up gas ($1.69/gal) and ate lunch at the awful gas station restaurant (not that we were expecting better). There are a few antique shops and fast food places in town, as well.
Dog Friendly: The BLM Site is mostly dog friendly. Dogs are allowed everywhere except on the main trail. The camp host asked us to walk our dog along the road leading into the campground and not through the campground loop – this seemed more like her personal preference.
Entertainment: The main source of entertainment is exploring the 1000s of petroglyphs. We’d encourage visitors to hike off the developed trail. The terrain is easy to navigate, and there are hidden petroglyphs around every bend.
Overall: We enjoyed our two days at this campsite, but we were ready to leave on day three. It wasn’t as secluded as we like, and the town of Tularosa didn’t have much to offer. However, its well worth a few days of exploration if you’re roaming around New Mexico.
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