Roswell, New Mexico: Beyond the UFO’s
Perhaps you’re just passing through en route from Albuquerque to one of southern New Mexico’s must-hit natural wonders (like the superlative Carlsbad Caverns). Or maybe you’re caught up in the company of one of the many UFO hunters who descend upon this legendary little city in droves. But if little green men aren’t tops on your own personal agenda for visiting Roswell, New Mexico, there’s happily more to this city than just alien kitsch (though, thanks to the purported 1947 UFO crash here, there’s plenty of that, too).
Art and nature lovers will find diversions worthy enough to deem Roswell a destination in its own right, while some memorable local dining and night spots will get you up-close-and-personal with some down-home New Mexican hospitality and chile-infused cooking. Here’s the scoop on what to see and do — and where best to eat, drink, and sleep — in Roswell.
What To See and Do
Two well-presented (and entirely free) local museums give a proper nod to New Mexico’s intrinsic artistic spirit. Pop in first to the Roswell Museum and Art Center, founded in the 1930s as a Great Depression-era New Deal WPA project. The 50,000-square-foot facility spans a dozen galleries dedicated to art and history.
Here, look for works by Southwestern artists like Georgia O’Keeffe, Henriette Wyeth, and Peter Hurd; assorted Native American, Spanish, and Anglo artifacts and artworks; and an engaging display on rocket technology pioneer and physicist Robert H. Goddard. Connected to the museum is the 120-seat Robert H. Goddard Planetarium, which opens for free public space shows on select weekends. Call ahead to 575-624-6744 for the schedule.