In Roswell, New Mexico, delve into the mysteries of extraterrestrial life, peruse eclectic artistry, and savor authentic Southwestern culture and cuisine.
Are aliens real? Roswell, New Mexico, is one of the best destinations to explore that question because of its unique history. The International UFO Museum & Research Center is dedicated to the exploration of the 1947 “Roswell Incident,” when a New Mexico rancher discovered what he thought was debris from an alien flying saucer. Schedule a group tour to learn more about this famous event, the military’s response, and its significance in popular culture. For more space fun, see an immersive star presentation at the Robert H. Goddard Planetarium.
Roswell has an impressive blend of both hyperlocal artistic and cultural experiences and museums containing works by renowned artists. At the Roswell Museum, peruse 12 galleries exploring Southwestern art, culture, and history, including works by Peter Hurd, Henriette Wyeth, and Georgia O’Keeffe. Get a taste of local culture at the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, which showcases more than 500 works by former fellows of the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program.
Just north of the city, the Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge is where the Chihuahuan Desert meets the Southern Plains of New Mexico. The resulting ecosystem is a great place for birding, where groups can see quail, waterfowl, and songbirds all in the same area. Start at the Visitor Center, then allow group members to independently explore several different trails and observe native desert plants and other wildlife.
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