Three Rivers BLM Campground

Our truck in a campsite
This compact yet open campground is at the trailhead for the Three Rivers Petroglyphs hike.

Campground data:

Controlling agency: Bureau of Land Management; Three Rivers Petroglyph Site
Region: South-central; Tularosa valley.
CG elevation: 5022ft; 1531m
Campsite count: 9.
Visual density: 0.00. visual density not recorded
Fee: $7.00. $18 if you need RV hookups.
Season: All year. Summer is likely to be hot.
Dogs: Yes. In the campground only, not on the petroglyph trail.
Horses: Unknown.
Handicapped accessible: Yes. One handicap site.
RV parking surface: gravel
RV pull-through spaces? Yes.
General notes: April to October, the entrance gate is open from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. From October until April, it is open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Campground facilities: water, trash can(s), vault toilet(s), cooking grill, electrical hookups (Only at two sites.), water hookups (Only at two sites.).
Campground attractions: hiking, history, year-round access.

When we visited it:

Date: 2005-03-19
Cleanliness: 10. Amazing.


Waypoint Type Description
3RIVERSCampgroundThree Rivers Petroglyph site campground and trailhead


Paper maps:
Map name Cartographer Year Scale Topo map? Online access Notes
Tularosa BLM 1984 1:100000 Y from Amazon (purchase)
Wildernesses of New Mexico US Forest Service 1981 1:1000000 N No online copies. Base map with national forests, wilderness areas and highways.

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Getting to the campground:

On US 54 between Carizozo and Tularosa, between mile posts 96 and 96 is a large sign indicating a turn to the east on Otero county road B030, also known as Three Rivers Road and forest road 579. Take this road about 5.3 miles. At the sign indicating that the petroglyphs are 0.25 miles to the left, turn and the road dead-ends at the petroglyph campground and parking lot.

Note that the speed limit on US 54 is 55mph. The highway patrol strictly enforce this limit; we often see people pulled over. Many (five or six on our last trip) damaged guardrails attest to the wisdom of the limit.

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About the campground:

two RV campsites, one with an RV in it.
This is what the RV campsites look like.
The campground is very open.
view across the campground

Plants we saw around the campground:

Reader comments about this campground:

On Mon Jan 23 17:32:47 2006 Ali from Silver Spring, MD said:
We had an awesome time. The camp host was one of the best that we have come across anywhere. We enjoyed ourselves so much that we spent an extra day. The camp was clean, and there is access to drinking water. The sunsets were gorgeous. The only thing that wasnt perfect was an RV runnung a generator overnight.

On Sun Apr 1 07:31:59 2007 C Bryant from Lincoln, NE said:
QUOTE: Number of campsites 9. A ranger said that they would be adding more RV sites in the future

Save your gas driving out here if you are looking for a camp space with electrical. There are only TWO (probably the reason there was a generator running all night in the other comment left).

Would be a nice "day trip" but not the perfect overnight stop.

On Mon Apr 30 14:54:03 2007 Knut from Santa Fe said:
Great campground. Also good place to camp just outside the developed sites on the hiking trail. On weekends during the summer will be crowded. On weekdays you will have the place to yourself. The only negative I came across was the campground host was very nosy. I have hiked there several times, and the minute I would park my car he would drive up on his dirtbike and then ask me a bunch of questions. I got sick of it after awhile and would park quickly and hike up into the mountains as I heard him buzzing his motorcycle over to my car. I just don't like to be bothered by campground hosts when I am going dayhiking.

On Mon Apr 30 14:56:45 2007 Knut from Santa Fe said:
Actually, the above comment is for the National Forest Campground. I have never been to the BLM one, but it looks tidy.

On Tue Jun 12 10:47:32 2007 Robert from Tularosa said:

Was int here Mermoiral Day weekend 2007,

Nice place but too many party people (including the campground host) his girlfriend was very loud and obnoxious!

On Thu Jan 14 16:58:30 2010 Tim and Ana from Stuart, Florida said:
Stayed 12/27-12/29/2009

2 electric and water sites, more in the future but due to economy it would be in far future. Couple of tent/ non-electric sites.

Very clean flush heated bathrooms.

Host was a very nice couple been there winter season from 2008.

Snow forced us to stay extra night but it was still a delight. Beautiful views and sunsets and sunrises.

Saw alot of animals including big bull elks.

Our Florida family loved it, and would stay there again in a heartbeat.

Our 12 year old son threw at least 1000 snowballs at me.

Thank You New Mexico.

On Sun Dec 12 21:00:01 2010 Erik from Rio Rancho said:
My family and I visited the site in March 2009. It was wonderful. We plan to stay there in the near future.

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