New Mexico Bucket List – D ~ Blogging Through The Alphabet

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I have two wildly different options for you today – desert petroglyphs and duck races. Something old and something new. Your choice. Or maybe you’d like to do both. Isn’t it fun to have choices?

Desert Petroglyphs

Petroglyphs are rock art. This is created by carving the rock face to reveal the lighter colored rock below the surface. This chipping away creates the images that we can see today. Petroglyphs are different than pictographs. Pictographs are created by painting the surface rather than the chipping and carving that is used to create the petroglyphs.

There are actually a few places in the New Mexico deserts where you can find petroglyphs. Three Rivers is the first place that comes to mind for me because it is not too far from my childhood home. The petroglyphs at Three Rivers date back to between 900 and 1400 AD. They were created by Jornada Mogollon peoples. There are over 21,000 glyphs scattered around the area, which is about 50 acres. There are trails that allow you close access to the petroglyphs and also take you to a partially excavated village site. Three Rivers is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. This site is located in the south-central part of New Mexico, between Carrizozo and Tularosa/Alamogordo.

Petroglyph National Monument is another site in New Mexico where you can see rock art carved by Native Americans and Spanish settlers to the area 400 to 700 years ago. This monument protects one of the largest petroglyph areas in North America. You can find information on the pstroglyphs at the visitor center and then hike through different trails to get to the glyphs. There are an estimated 25,000 petroglyphs in the monument’s boundaries. It is believed that 90% of these were created by Puebloan peoples. This monument is located very near Albuquerque.

Duck Races

Yes, you read that right – duck races. The city of Deming, NM, holds an annual festival for the Great American Duck Race. Each year the festival bring ducks together to race on both wet and dry tracks. Check out this short video I found.

The Great American Duck Race runs for one weekend each August, Friday through Sunday. It seems to bring out the whole community. Many people wrangle their ducks for about six months prior to the race, from the time they are ducklings. From a parade to hot air balloons to craft vendors and entertainment, this is a weekend highlighted by the swimming and running ducks.

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I am sure there are plenty of other things in New Mexico for the letter D but these are ones that I think are fun, interesting, and unique. Enjoy.

Lori, At Home.

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5 thoughts on “New Mexico Bucket List – D ~ Blogging Through The Alphabet

  1. Annette Vellenga (@athomepets) March 19, 2019 at 9:38 pm Reply

    have you ever been to a duck race Miss Lori? Don’t you think it would be a hoot?

    • 3gigglygirlsathome March 20, 2019 at 3:37 pm Reply

      I have never been, though I really have wanted to go. Since it is only one weekend, you really have to plan ahead. And Deming is not anywhere close to my parents – about 4 hours, I think – so it is quite a drive and we’d have to stay over. I think it would be so much fun!!

  2. TaMara Sloan March 20, 2019 at 3:19 pm Reply

    My youngest went to New Mexico with some friends for the National Junior Cross Country Meet 3 years ago, and they went to Petroglyph National Monument. She came home talking about how cool they were.

    • 3gigglygirlsathome March 20, 2019 at 3:35 pm Reply

      That’s awesome! What a great thing that the team was able to visit some local places while there for their meet.

  3. […] Caverns, Christmas on the Pecos, Cloudcroft, Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad D – Desert Petroglyphs, Duck Races E – Explora!, Enchanted Circle, El Morro F – Flying J Ranch, Forest Fire Prevention, […]

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