Obviously, if you go to Roswell, you have to go to the UFO museum. Take your sense of whimsy with you, because the place is pretty surreal - all the more so because the folks working there seem to be taking it VERY seriously. I highly enjoyed myself.
. It was kind of disappointing. There were posters on the wall of various newspapers and eyewitness statements about the Roswell incident. Eyewitnesses say they saw a saucer crash land. One farmer found some wreckage which could not be burned or broken with some purple writing. Some soldiers stated that aliens were found. The government contended that what was found was pieces of an experimental weather balloon. Also, they stated the locals may have been confused by crash test dummies used in the experiment. In a room there were different movies and documentaries about Roswell. The admission price is a $2 donation. I was disappointed by my visit since I had expected more. I guess we should have come July 4 when the UFO festival is in town. Then, the town would be filled with tacky cool alien statues and crazy people. There were other sections dedicated to UFO abduction and other dedicated to crop circles.
Bordered by High Red Bluffs the seven small lakes at the park were formed when circulating water dissolved gypsum and salt deposits in underlying rock formations creating a network of underground cavities. The roofs of some of those caverns collapsed under their own weight and the resulting sink holes filled with water. Some of the lakes are stocked with trout and swimming is permitted in Lea Lake. There are also hiking trails, visitor center displays, and skin diving opportunities. ~(Highway Marker)
A place of my past where I used to swim, took scuba lessons from my older brother, almost fell off a cliff, speargunned a rattlesnake that I became attached to by a cord, rock collected, swam in all the other lakes before it became a state park, and wandered out into the brushlands with friends and girlfriends to party during high school. The lakes seem Bottomless as you can never see their bottoms, even while scuba diving until you reach great depths. Refreshing and cool - a fantastic oasis in the middle of the New Mexico desert. Bottomless Lakes will forever be in my heart ... 5 stars out of 5.
so you are walking around roswell, by the time your done you might actually belive there are aliens. the builidings are filled with many alein murals. take time to look and hunt for some of these. even the soda-pop machine has a picture of an alein on it. you can spot alien like pictures and trinkets, on the top of light pole's sides of buildings, and even on the mcdonalds sigh. so good luck in your hunt!
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Probably Roswell's largest tourist attraction is the International UFO Museum and Research Center located downtown. It's free, but they ask for donations. They basically converted an old theatre into the museum which features a timeline of the Roswell Incident from 1947. You can read sworn testimonies from people involved and decide for yourself what really happened.
The first week in July is dedicated to the UFO convention and, according to one of the locals, all the freaks come out. You may want to avoid that week in Roswell if you are not a true believer.
The museum is housed in the same building as the gallery. They have a replica of the workshop of Robert Goddard - the pioneer of liquid rocketry. It was the marriage of Goddard's technology and what was learned from captured German V-2 rockets that really gave a boost to the American Space Program. Here you can see the actual Rockets built and launched by Goddard. Also here is a space suit worn by a Roswell resident who flew on an Apollo mission.
This gallery only 6 or 7 blocks north of the core of downtown is housed in the same building as the museum. They have an excellent collection of their own and also feature numerous regional artists from time to time. When I went in a local artist was showcased in the Sumer project that just took my mind into another dimension. Admission is free. hours are 9am to 5pm M-Sat. and 1pm to 5pm on Sunday.
There are several other things to see in the Roswell area. 1. Carlsbad Caverns (Don't miss bat flight). 2. Bottomless Lakes State Park (nice hiking, cool lakes) 3. Ruidoso (great shopping and skiing).
It can be interesting just walking through town and looking at the ways the various businesses take advantage of the UFO Phenomena. There is an annual UFO Festival held here each year in early July.
The International UFO Museum and Research Center.
It's even more tacky than Graceland! If you go, take special notice of the extra-terrestrial 'art' gallery.