July Fourth Weekend
This summer make plans to invade Roswell, the UFO capital of the world, for the annual UFO Festival. Believers and skeptics alike are invited to celebrate the 73rd anniversary of the famous “Roswell Incident.” Mix and mingle with UFO and space enthusiasts while enjoying live entertainment, family-friendly activities, guest speakers, authors, costume contests, and maybe even an alien abduction.
The Roswell Museum and Art Center aims to inspire discovery and creativity along with cultural understanding of the American Southwest and the greater community. The 50,000 square foot facility includes 12 galleries dedicated to the exhibition of art and history, the Patricia Lubben Bassett Art Education Center, and the Robert H. Goddard Planetarium.
A visit to the UFO Capital of the World wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the International UFO Museum. Created to inform the public about the famous “Roswell Incident,” the UFO Museum invites the public to view their collection and preservations of materials related to the Roswell Incident and other unexplained phenomena related to UFO research worldwide.
Just 14 miles from Roswell, Bottomless Lakes State Park is your place for bottomless fun! The unique lakes at the park are sinkholes ranging from 17 to 19 feet deep. The waters’ greenish-blue color is created by aquatic plants and give the lakes their signature illusion of great depth. Enjoy non-motorized boating, camping, fishing, swimming, hiking, birding, and even scuba diving.
If you’re up for a drive, make plans to visit the incredible Carlsbad Caverns National Park—an unbelievable, vast landscape of caves hidden beneath the Chihuahuan Desert. Explore the caverns at your own pace or opt for a ranger-guided tour.
Halfway between Carlsbad and Roswell is the small town of Artesia. Bring your camera, lace up your walking shoes, and embark on a walking tour through downtown Artesia, where you’ll find 11 impressive bronze statues lining Main Street, each depicting something that sets this region apart from the rest.