Roswell's (pop 50,000) main tourism draw is rather 'out of this world'. Roswell is the closest settlement to the site of a mysterious and controversial incident that occurred in 1947 when some sort of craft crashed out of the sky. Many believe that the craft had otherworldly origins but the government claims that it was a weather balloon. Regardless of which is fact and which is fiction, the possibility that an alien spaceship crashed here spells big business opportunity, and Roswell has cashed in on the theory basing a good part of its economy on hosting UFO buffs and other curious visitors. UFO Museums, UFO 'research facilities' and a plethora of other outer space and alien themed attractions are available for exploration in Roswell. Visitors looking for more terrestrial, Earthling recreation will find Roswell also offers good access to a variety of activities in the LLano Estacado Plains which surround town.
Due to its popularity with the UFO hunting tourist set, Roswell has a good selection of hotel and motel rooms to choose from. Dining options in Roswell are also good, with excellent New Mexican and Mexican fare, along with a good number of standard Americana and steak restaurants to choose from.
Roswell sits at the junction of two popular highways, and is easily accessed from the north/south on US Highway 285 from Albuquerque and Carlsbad, and from the east/west on US Highway 380. In addition, Roswell hosts a small municipal airport with several flights on a local carrier offered on a daily basis to surrounding cities. To learn more about Roswell, select a topic of interest from the left-hand navigation bar.