Things are known to get a little bit weird in New Mexico, but I don’t think that things get stranger than they do in Roswell. The city of Roswell is famous for alleged alien sightings and UFO crashes. After spending some time in this dusty New Mexico town, it’s pretty easy to see how people could go a little bit crazy. Aside from the alien related activities in town, there really isn’t anything here. Moreover, Roswell is essentially in the middle of nowhere. That being said, no American roadtrip would be complete without a visit to Roswell, whether you buy into the theories or not. However strange this all may be, the city has embraced “alien culture” and is actually quite entertaining for a day.
Time Needed: 1-2 Days
Backpacker’s Budget: $75USD
Things to do in Roswell
- International UFO Museum and Research Center: This is maybe the worst museum I have ever been to. And actually, that fact makes it kind of fun. Basically, the museum is just a bunch of news clippings and “photos” from the various “events” that occurred in the area. However strange, the serious behind it all makes it really quite fun. It’s a must visit.
- Alien Zone: If the museum takes things seriously, this place makes things fun. Like the museum, it’s not really well kept, but that makes it fun. If you’re looking for alien photo ops, this is where you want to go.
- Gift Shops: I hate gift shops. Well, unless they are in Roswell, New Mexico. I wandered through the historic old town just looking at all the alien paraphernalia, it was great fun.
- Bottomless Lakes State Park: If you need to get away from the aliens a bit, head out to the State park for a nice day at the lake.
Where to Eat in Roswell
Aside from the usual American choices of fast food such as Arby’s, MacDonald’s and Taco Bell, Roswell actually has quite a few good little spots to eat downtown. As I only spent a day in town I only got the chance to check out two of them.
- Schlotzsky’s: This place makes a seriously good lunch. The atmosphere is decent and the price really isn’t that bad at all. My favourite meal in town was here.
- Cowboy Cafe: I was really craving a burger so I headed to this place for dinner. The portions were huge, but I felt like the burger I had was really dry. Still, a decent place to eat.
Where to Stay in Roswell
I didn’t actually stay in Roswell the night. I bailed quickly and drove off to camp somewhere in West Texas. Still, I did my research.
- Motel 6: Again, in places that don’t have hostels I almost always recommend Motel 6. The prices are decent and they always have wifi.
- Camping: In a perfect world I would have camped right outside of Roswell. However, it was winter and all the sites were closed. However, if you’re travelling in summer there are plenty of places to camp with the most popular being at Bottomless Lakes State Park.
Getting out of Town
Roswell is definitely not a transportation hub or anything like that. However, the city is connected by Greyhound routes that will take you pretty much anywhere you need to go. Some of the more popular destinations are Austin, Las Cruces, and Albuquerque.
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