The historic town of Carrizozo, the county seat of Lincoln County and home to about 1,000 residents, is situated at the intersection of Highways 54 and 380 on the plains in the center of the state. Circled by mountains and a blackened lava flow and nearby white sands, colors dominate the landscape. Muted hues, transformed by natural light, draw artists from across the country to Carrizozo to live and work. New Mexico’s largest gallery of photography is here; so are vernacular architectural styles and embellished metal burros that look down from rooftops and peek out from enclosed courtyards.
The annual Carrizozo Artists’ Studio Tour, August 12 and 13, opens those courtyards and homes of some of the most private professional and aspiring creatives in the state. Works vary from illustration to pottery to woven copper to tile, raku, sculpture and sewing, porcelain and painting. What binds them are the colors, light, forms and quirkiness particular to this remote place.
A town Festival on Saturday adds a historic home tour, parade, fireworks, a beer garden, music, dancing and family fun to the studio tour.
Color. Light. Art. Carrizozo. Soon to be a secret no more.
August 12 and 13. 11 am to 4 pm. For more information go to Carrizozo Art on Facebook or www.carrizozoworks.org.
The Three Rivers Petroglyph Site and Campground
is located 17 miles north of Tularosa, NM, and 28 miles south of Carrizozo, NM on U.S. 54. Turn east from U.S. 54 at Three Rivers onto County Road B30 and travel five miles on paved road, following signs.
This site is one of the few locations in the Southwest set aside solely because of its rock art. It is also one of the few sites giving visitors such direct access to petroglyphs. The number and concentration of petroglyphs here make it one of the largest and most interesting petroglyphs sites in the Southwest.
The site offers 5 shelters, 1 group/handicap site, and 2 RV sites. Pets are allowed in the campground, but NOT on the trails. Restrooms and drinking water also are available. https://www.newmexico.org/places-to-go/regions-cities/southeast/three-rivers-petroglyph-site/