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.
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.
Roswell and surrounding for kids
There are quite a few things to do in and around Roswell for children.
Spring River Park and Zoo (On the corner of Atkinson and College)--free
Cahoon Park (On Union, North of 2nd Street)--free
UFO Museum--(Main Street, just North of 2nd Street)--free but donations accepted
Chaves County Historical Museum--(On the corner of Lea and 2nd Street)--small fee
Roswell Museum and Art Center--(11th St, just off of Main St)--small fee
Robert H Goddard Planetarium--(11th St, next door to museum)--small fee
Bottomless Lakes (12 miles E of Roswell on Hwy 380)--free, but $5 parking
Ruidoso (70 miles W of Roswell on Hwy 380)--race track, skiing, hiking, breathtaking scenery
Inn of the Mountain Gods (on Mescalero Reservation by Ruidoso)--only casino in area
White Sands National Monument and Missile Range (SW of Roswell--past Ruidoso)
Carlsbad Caverns (South of Roswell on Hwy 285)--nominal fee (worth every penny)
Valley of Fires (just West of Carrizozo on Hwy 380)--hiking, amazing views
Lincoln (West of Roswell on Hwy 380)--Billy the Kid
There is so much to see and do in the area that both kids and adults will enjoy. Roswell is central to most everything there is to do in SE New Mexico.
- Family Travel
Bottomless Lakes State Park
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.
- Diving and Snorkeling
- Water Sports
- National/State Park
There are several other things...
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).
- Hiking and Walking
Lord I wish I could put this under "Off the Beaten Path" tips, but . . . it's what draws the tourists to my hometown. UFOs! Growing up, we never heard anything about the UFOs until a TV show happend to do an expose on the subject. Then, all of a sudden, Roswell was on the international map. This all happend when I was in junior high.
Anyways, every year Roswell hosts a UFO Festival in July, right around the 4th of July holiday. Thousands upon thousands of tourists descend upon my hometown, dressing up in extraterrestrial (sp?) costumes, listening to concerts at the convention center, buying all sorts of kitchy souveniers in downtown, visiting the UFO museum, touring the different sites that claim to be where the UFO crashed, and boosting Roswell's economy. As long as everyone's having fun and not taking everything too seriously, why not?
I've attached a couple of links. The first is for the UFO Festival itself. This year, 2008, it is being held July 3-6. The second link is for Roswell's Chamber of Commerce. They can provide you will all sorts of good information about current happenings in Roswell, and its history.
- Budget Travel
Amazing Roswell UFO Festival
The 60th anniversary of the 1947 Roswell incident- a weather ballon of modern material landed mysteriously in a field and when it was not identified right away the wires ran a story about something unidentified. The next day it was the Roswell UFO incident. Stories the next day were largely ignored.
David worked with journalists who were working at New Mexico's largest newspaper and investigated the story then and many times since. All the stories go back to the stories of one man who is ded now and what remains is a persistent extra-urban legend.
But what the heck, there is hardly anything but mesquite bush and rocks around Roswell and not much else to do to make a buck.
Roswell has seemed to become a lightening rod for all unexplained extra-terrestial speculation. It is pretty remote and it is easy to believe anything could happen if you sat out in the Roswell sun long enough.
It would be great if they could come up with something concrete and verifiable for all us doubters.
The Air Force Story
But we still bought some souvenirs ... :)
- Work Abroad
- Arts and Culture
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.
- Road Trip
- Museum Visits
- Historical Travel
Walk Through Town
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.
- Historical Travel
- Family Travel
The International UFO Museum...
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.