This region is home to working cattle ranches and the famous dunes at White Sands National Monument. UFO seekers look to the Roswell skies, history buffs track Billy the Kid’s trail, and casual cavers head deep below the ground to witness Carlsbad Caverns.
Southeast Regional Bucket List
Journey to the Center of the Earth: There are more than 118 known limestone caves at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, outside Carlsbad. After venturing into the main caverns’ gaping natural entrance, visitors can choose between spelunking on foot and taking an elevator ride to explore cathedral-size subterranean habitats.
Live the High Life: Escape to The Lodge Resort at Cloudcroft, an elegant Victorian building that’s one of this region’s destination hotels. Be sure to snag dinner reservations at
Rebecca’s, a fine-dining restaurant with a storied past.
Lunch Like a Rock Star: When Buddy Holly and the Crickets recorded at Norman Petty Recording Studios in Clovis, they would dash across the street to Foxy Drive-In for taquitos between sessions.
In Fort Sumner, travelers sate their chile cravings at Sadie’s Restaurant.
Phone Home: The International UFO Museum and Research Center explores the July 1947 Roswell Incident, during which a UFO reputedly crashed into the desert outside the city, as well as other mysterious phenomena around the world.
Do the Dunes: Home to waves of sparkling gypsum covering 275 square miles, White Sands National Monumentis one of the state’s most picturesque destinations. Families will enjoy sledding the dunes on plastic discs rented from the visitor center, and hikers can join guided nature walks or tour Lake Lucero
to see where the dune fields formed.