Roswell Travel Guide

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Roswell Highlights

  • Pro
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    jumpingnorman says…

     I love UFO's, and town is trying to expand horizons 

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    jumpingnorman says…

     The town needs more investors into the area (aliens?) 

  • In a nutshell
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    Bela_LUng says…

     Nice to say you've been there, but meh. Pass the ketchup. 

Roswell Things to Do

  • A Serious Art Center in this city - not...

    Yes, Roswell is not just about UFO's! There's a really serious Museum, also known as the RMAC, which has very serious artists, being awarded Subsequent Accreditation from the American Association of Museums. This means that RMAC has a seal of approval that brings national recognition that have a committment to excellence and high insitutional...

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  • See the Famous Alien Autopsy Dummy!

    Am I the one millionth person to see this dummy? Am I? Am I?Sorry, but I was tooooo late. The one-millionth visitor person passed through these doors in the Summer of 2001 since the Museum opened for visitors in the Fall of 1992 - that means an amazing average of 150,000 people annually representing 35 foreign countries and every USA state!And all...

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  • Do UFO/Alien Research at Roswell...

    After going through the UFO and Alien Exhibits at the International UFO Museum, go to the left side before you go the exit and you will find the LIBRARY.This is open to the public and kids, specially...there still are some stuffed aliens and exhibits in the library, including a video show and a hallway full of UFO memorabilia. The library is...

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  • There will be new UFO Museum in the...

    So, finally we have arrived here after watching too many documentaries on the Roswell crash!The mission statement of the MUseum is to inform the public about what has come to be known as "The Roswell Incident". They have made this non-profit organization 501 (c) (3) in 1991 and it continues to be dedicated to the collection and preservation of...

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  • Roswell Pioneer Plaza

    Driving through the main road of Roswell, you won’t miss this little Plaza called the Roswell Pioneer Plaza. It is right across from the courthouse – the 1911 Chaves County Courthouse east of it. The Chaves Courthouse has a nice architecture categorized as that of the “monumental civic style”. Another prominent historical building near this plaza...

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  • Pioneer Plaza

    If you want a break from photographing the aliens, the central Pioneer Plaza is a pleasant place to hang out for a while. At its centre is this attractive sculpture, entitled “Cattle King of the Pecos”. It shows John Simpson Chisum, a cattle baron who owned a ranch (South Spring Ranch) four miles southeast of “downtown” Roswell in the mid 19th...

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  • International UFO Museum

    In June 1947 a local man, "Mac" Brazel, found some odd-looking debris on a ranch some 30 miles north of the town. Early official press releases referred to a “flying disc”, although these were quickly counteracted by reports identifying it as a weather balloon. The incident was soon forgotten, and it was only in the 1970s, with UFO fever at a...

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  • Roswell Goddard Planetarium

    This planetarium is directly adjacent to the Roswell Museum and Art Center. A great way to explore the stars through its star shows and multimedia programs. The facility has 120 seats and lots of hands-on activities for the little ones to help understand the universe and maybe why “we are not alone”? Hehehe…Actually, this was opened way back in...

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  • UFO Festival

    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...

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Roswell Restaurants

  • Big interior, nice decor, food for...

    We already saw the UFO Museum and the art galleries in Roswell. So, we decided it was time for some lunch! We were driving on the main street and saw the usual fast-food eats, but we wanted something different…so we saw this nice looking big restaurant with a sign with a pointed sign which kinda reminded me of Star Trek for some reason…it was...

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  • Internet Cafe in front of UFO Museum

    So, just cross the street and have a snack at this nicely named Cafe -- Not of this World. But actually, the place is more for just taking snacks and probably buying some souvenirs, rather than for learning more about UFO. They have muffins, pastries and sandwiches.You could probably learn more about the latest on UFO though through the internet....

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  • Lively pub

    Farleys was directly across the road from our motel, the Days Inn, and had been recommended here on VT (thank you jumpingnorman). So we crossed the road (carefully – it’s a very busy one) on the evening of our stay and checked it out. We liked what we saw – a lively pub/sports bar vibe, clearly popular with locals as well as visitors to Roswell....

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  • Breakfast---don't miss it!

    This is not someplace a tourist would walk into just from looking at the outside, but man, was the food outstanding, and the service efficient and pleasant. The "South of the Border" was a spicy breakfast of eggs, chorrizo, fried tortilla strips, and (by option) green chili sauce). They also have a buffet, and this place was full of locals when we...

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  • Martin's Capital Cafe

    Best Mexican food in Roswell! I'm originally from Roswell, and never miss an opportunity to eat here! We were in Roswell recently, for just over a week and ate here 3 times. Marty, the owner, is always popping in to chat with the locals and visitors. The food is excellent--the chile rellenos are my favorite. The salsa is made from scratch--I wish I...

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  • Good Mexican "Fast Food"

    This is my second favorite spot in Roswell--Burrito Express. They have excellent burritos and other Mexican fare. You place your order at the window, pay, and then your order is ready within 5-10 minutes (typically 5 min, but 10 min if they are really busy). This is a favorite spot with the locals. You can either eat at the restaurant or take...

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Roswell Nightlife

  • A day by day nitelife guide

    Here is to better assist those who are looking for, or are visiting and looking for something to do for the nite owls out there! *most bars do not require cover charge*Monday: "Monday Movie"... movie at Galaxy 8 Theatre is $2. Listen to 1020AM to find out which movie is playing that day for $2. call for showtimes. (505)623-1010 "Peppers Grill and...

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  • Farleys Fun Food and Pub

    A clever commercial bar and probably the only real non-country festival atmosphere for night life in Roswell. New arrival to the city ... Farley's has fun for all. Chained to Las Cruces and Riodoso, continuity is spreading through southern New Mexico with outlets of fun. A large bar with festivities, games, pool tables, and music. Full bar and...

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  • Billy Ray's Restaurant and...

    Billy Ray's Restaurant and Lounge.Very typical American lounge. A band called The Renegades played cover songs, mostly of Lynard Skynard. At least there was a hockey game on I could watch! It was a fun experience. None

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Roswell Shopping

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    UFO Museum Gift shop, Roswell, NM

    by jumpingnorman Written Apr 26, 2009

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    The International UFO Museum does have a gift shop which does sell everything from little UFO trinkets to shirts and caps...it is located across from the library. If you are into it, you can even buy UFO earring!

    There are also some educational maerials on UFO stuff being sold such as books and videos. The earnings from the museum probably go to the museum maintenance and management fund, and remember that since it has been incorporated in September 27, 1991, the museum has been considered a non-profit organization.

    The world has become hungry for UFO facts, and Walter Haut got together with Glenn Dennis to start the foundation for the UFO Museum. In the Summer of 2001, the one-millionth visitor passed through the museum!

    What to buy: UFO and Alien paraphernalia

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Roswell Warnings and Dangers

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    Daughter reading at Alien Library at Roswell, NM

    by jumpingnorman Written Apr 24, 2009

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    Other than the UFO Museum and the Art Center, I looked at my GPS for any other nearby UFO encounters and I did see UFO Enigma and UFO City --- I did drive about 5 miles to both of those locations but they did not exist! It was just plain grassland! So be weary of sites on your GPS as the UFO’s/aliens might have gotten them already…

    Or maybe those other UFO sites have already closed down and moved business somewhere...

    The outskirts of the city of Roswell along Freeway 285 is really practically empty except for some residential looking little ranches. So, the things to do are mostly concentrated in the city itself. There’s no paucity of restaurants and fast food abound from Wendy’s, to Arby’s and McDonalds….and even an Applebee’s!

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Roswell Tourist Traps

  • UFO Mueseum -- Not all it's cracked up...

    Unless you are really into UFO's, this is a big waste of your time and money. It is mainly reading news articles, letters, etc. If you were to read all the things they have on the walls, you would be in here for a couple of hours. But there is nothing to look at. The articles and letters are all there is. If you are a serious UFO fanatic, you...

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  • Thw whole city!

    Well, I guess you can have a good time here, but frankly, I was disapointed by all of Roswell (including you Mr. Alien!). It's a crappy little town in New Mexico and it's kinda boring. Sure there's the alian thing and all, but when you get down to it, it's like being in a big gift shop with nothing but alien t-shirts and ET's poo in a jar. The...

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  • The museum is free, but...

    The museum is free, but accepts donations. We donated, but realized afterwards that it's a waste of money if you plan to buy anything in the gift shop. The souvenirs are rather pricey, so save your money for them instead of donating.

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Roswell What to Pack

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    by laforstraveller Written Feb 6, 2008

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If travelling in the winter, a lightweight jacket should suffice if travelling south of I-40. If travelling north of I-40, or in the mountains, a heavier jacket may be required. In the summer, shorts, t-shirts, tank tops and such are the norm. A swimsuit will also be handy as most hotels have swimming pools. If travelling to Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Ruidoso, you'll notice that people are dressed a little trendier than in other towns througout the state.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen is a must!! If travelling to remote places you'll also need bug repellent for the early evening.

    Photo Equipment: Make sure to bring your camera to remember some of the beautiful and uncomparable vistas.

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Roswell Off The Beaten Path

  • white sands national monument

    At the northern end of the Chihuahuan Desert lies a mountain ringed valley called the Tularosa Basin. Rising from the heart of this basin is one of the world's great natural wonders - the glistening white sands of New Mexico. Here, great wave-like dunes of gypsum sand have engulfed 275 square miles of desert and have created the world's largest...

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  • Abandoned Missle Silos

    Located on the outskirts of every road exiting Roswell, New Mexico are pairs of missle silos. Some have been purchased and developed by private citizens as residences, while others have been taken over by local farmers/ranchers/oil drillers. Some might still be unclaimed by this reading. They are fascinating works of art and a piece of history you...

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  • Roswell UFO Crash Site

    Travel down Highway 285 North to get a glimpse of the fields where the famous UFO crash took place. Of course, you won't see much UFO related but the sign. Turn onto the dirt road called "Bitter Root Road". But you'll see lots of wildlife ... my day trip gave me photo moments of antelope, jackrabbits, (no jackalopes!), roadrunners, and cows ...

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Roswell Favorites

  • An alien around every corner

    Whatever the truth about the 1947 Roswell Incident, one thing is certain – today, Roswell is a town obsessed.It’s impossible to spend any time here without encountering a large number of aliens – they are everywhere! In shop window displays, on lamp-posts – the local McDonalds even provides parking for them ;-) It is apparent that whatever you want...

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  • Aliens are fun to party with and...

    problem is - the aliens that came to Roswell probably died in the crash. 'Tis better to party with the hybridz that live next door to 'ya. Roswell offers so much more than alien stuff - take a little time to dig deeper. It has some great art museums and historical museums, and the New Mexico Military Institute. It's also a great jumping off point...

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  • Visit the International UFO...

    Visit the International UFO Museum and Research Center. It will be the highlight of the trip. The Alien Zone! They have an area where you go in and pose with little alien figures and take pictures. We used a disposable camera with a flash and got some GREAT photos. Plus the kids had a BLAST in there!!!! They also have a really great selection of...

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