Find signs of extraterrestrial life by exploring the site of the famed 1947 UFO crash.
Disclaimer: We are not trained ufologists.
When We Went
September 2017. It was hot during the day, but cooled off a bit at night (think hoodie or light jacket at most).
Length of time
We spent one day in Roswell, this was about the perfect amount of time. (There’s not a whole lot going on here.)
Roswell was a pre-planned destination city as part of a larger road trip.
Altogether, we made a 4,000-mile journey across five different Southwestern states:
It took us ten days to complete and racked up a grand total of 55 hours of driving time.
We took the route shown in blue from Austin to Roswell:
Rental Car. Not long after landing we grabbed our rental car and set out on the road. (We went with Hertz for ours, although they are lacking in customer service, their prices are low and I’m cheap.)
Airbnb. We used Airbnb. We booked where we would be staying each night ahead of time.
The Airbnb we stayed at was located just a few miles outside of Roswell. All we wanted was a place to crash so we went extra budget-friendly with this one and got a “private room” in a lady’s home. She greeted us as well as showed us around the property when we arrived.
- Wear cool clothing, it was hot during the day
- A hoodie or light jacket for night time, it cooled off when the sun went down
- A good pair of walking shoes
- A reusable water bottle, refill it at gas stations along the drive
- A cooler, stock it with sammies and snacks along the way
Pack a Cooler
The majority of our meals came from a cooler we kept in the backseat (we opted to bring a collapsible soft cooler on the plane to take along with us for the drive).
Farley’s Food and Fun Pub
Restaurant options were limited in Roswell, but we popped inside Farley’s Food and Fun Pub, where the chromed-out walls and chairs kept up with the cosmic vibe of the town. We took advantage of the southwestern twist they spun on our favorite foods and ordered green chile burgers and the best pinto beans I’ve ever had. We ordered a second helping of the beans. (Check out their website here.)
Try Some Alien Beer
At the local Albertsons grocery we were able to snag a six pack of some alien beer (it was out of this world).
The (Never-ending) Drive Out of Texas
We took US highway 87 West out of Texas. The drive was filled with low, rolling grassy fields, speckled with oil rigs, the occasional train, and of course the infamous Longhorns.
While on US Highway 380 just west of Brownfield, Texas, we stumbled upon a sweet treat.
Rows upon rows of tall green stalks topped with crowns of bright yellow petals stretching on as far as you could see. Captivatingly simple.
If you happen to be in the area late summer-early fall, it’s worth at least a drive by.
Bottomless Lakes State Park
About 15 miles east of Roswell, we made a pit stop at Bottomless Lakes State Park. This was our first glimpse of the red clay dirt and plateau-esque landscape that made up the pre-conceived image in our minds of what the Southwestern United States should look like. We took the short drivable loop around the water. The park looked to be a popular spot for family picnics and a swim. (Check out the park website here.)
Houston, the Eagle Has Landed
We finally rolled into our destination city for the evening, Roswell, New Mexico, at 5:30 pm. It was a Saturday.
Shortly thereafter we discovered nearly everything closed at or before 6 o’clock. Despite this, the only thing we missed out on was visiting the International UFO Museum And Research Center, which closes at 5:00. (We should have checked their website first.)
Our search for the rumored extraterrestrial life was to be continued…
Back to the Future
Roswell’s aura was that of a sleepy little town that seemed to be stuck in the 1980s.
We were able to drive the entirety of it in roughly half an hour.
We were delighted to see that the other-worldly vibe was oozing throughout the town as nearly every business downtown was adorned with little green men.
Even the lamp posts had vacant almond shaped eyes that followed you around.
We stopped by Enchanted Lands, your basic disc golf course. Clean and well laid out, it was a good spot to walk around. (Check out the course here.)
Up With the Birds
We woke up the next morning to the sound of the roosters on the property crowing as the sun was climbing in the sky. (The land was so open out here, it made the sunrise quite spectacular.) About an hour down the road, I repositioned myself and discovered that I must have gotten a little too friendly with the birds. I had just smeared chicken poop all over the passenger side seat that — unbeknownst to me — had been clinging to the bottom of my flip flop.
After a quick emergency stop and some wet wipes we were back on the road. I was lovingly deemed ‘poop foot’ for the remainder of the 500 mile drive to get us to our next destination, the Four Corners Monument.