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    The museum

    by caffeine_induced78 Updated Nov 3, 2002

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    Goddard's Rocket

    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.

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    Roswell and surrounding for kids

    by laforstraveller Written Aug 27, 2007

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    There are quite a few things to do in and around Roswell for children.

    Roswell:
    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

    Around Roswell:
    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.

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  • Bottomless Lakes State Park

    by pcflash Updated Oct 15, 2006

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    I grew up in Roswell and Bottomless Lakes is a neat place to swim. It's high content salt water so you float even better than in the ocean. That fact doesn't seem to be mentioned anywhere on websites. I wouldn't pass it up if you go there. The bottom of the lake is supposedly full of caverns and tons of water flows through the bottom. The lakes are actually old caverns that the roof collaped on after the gypsum salts were dissolved and washed away. In the winter they stock some of the lakes with trout. I never scuba dived there but I wish I had, it's pretty clear for a lake. Just do a web search to see more.

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    Bottomless Lakes State Park

    by leafmcgowan Written Sep 3, 2005

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    Lea Lake

    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.

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  • There are several other things...

    by Head_Alien Written Feb 25, 2003

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    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).

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    UFO Festival

    by laforstraveller Written Apr 18, 2008

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    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.

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    Amazing Roswell UFO Festival

    by sennaya Updated May 18, 2007

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    Roswell is making big business from theUFO curious

    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
    http://www.af.mil/library/roswell/

    But we still bought some souvenirs ... :)

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    UFO Museum

    by liusia Written Sep 22, 2006

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    In front of the UFO museum

    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.

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    Walk Through Town

    by Basaic Written Jul 24, 2007

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    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.

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    The International UFO Museum...

    by bottleofdoom Written Sep 7, 2002

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    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.

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