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Points of Interest

Bottomless Lakes, New Mexico's First State Park Bitter Lake
National Wildlife Refuge, Actually seven small park lakes bordered by high red bluffs, the park offers a variety of sports including hiking, swimming, fishing, and scuba diving. For more information, visit the Bottomless Lakes Web Site.

Eastern New Mexico State Fair & Parade - Eastern New Mexico Fair Grounds. For exact date call Paula Vanover at (505) 623-9411.

Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art - Collection of contemporary art works produced by past artists-in-residence. 409 E. College Blvd. Free Admission. Open 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Phone #623-5600.

Historical Center for Southeast New Mexico - James Phelps White's stately home is filled with antiques, artifacts and a changing gallery of historical exhibits. They have library of information on early Roswell. 200 N. Lea Ave. (Comer of Lea & Hwy US 70 West). Free Admission. Open 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Mon Sun. Special tours by appt.

International UFO Museum & Research Center - UFO phenomenon exhibits and gift shop. 114 N. Main. Free admission. Open 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. each day October to April, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. May to September. # 625-9495 Closed Thanksgiving Day & Christmas Day.

General Douglas L. McBride Museum - Military armament displays and N.M.M.l. memorabilia. New Mexico Military Institute, 101 West College Blvd. Free Admission. Open T-F 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. & 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.. Closed all holidays. Educational programs by appt. Phone #624-8220.

Roswell Museum & Art Center - Art by Peter Hurd, Henriette Wyeth, Georgia O'Keefe, Marsden Hartley, John Marin, Rogers Aston Collection. Robert H. Goddard's workshop recreated. Gift shop. 100 W. 11' St. Free Admission. Mon. Sat. 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Sundays and Holidays 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.. Phone #624-6744.

Robert H. Goddard Planetarium - an adjoining wing to the Roswell Museum & Art Center. Open to the public one week per month. Tuesday Saturday 1:30 p.m., and Friday 7:30 p.m.. General Admission $2; Members $1. Phone #624-6744.

Outdoor Recreation

Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge - Migratory fowl, designated fishing & hunting areas. North Main St., east on Pine Lodge Rd appx. 9 miles. Open 7:30 am- 4:00 pm everyday. 622-6755.

Bottomless Lakes - Swimming, boating, fishing & hiking, camping, showers, bathrooms. 12 miles east on hwy. 380, then south on NM 409. Open days 6 am - 9 pm, $3/car. 624-6058.

Cahoon Park/Swimming Pool - Nice park setting. Largest outdoor pool in Roswell. Open Memorial Day thru Labor Day. 1101 W. Fourth, 624-6764.

Spring River Park & Spring River Park & Zoo - Features include a miniature train ride, carousel, a children’s fishing lake, and a zoo. Free admission. Open 10 am - 8 pm, 7 days a week. 106 East College, 624-6760.

Spring River Bike & Hike Trail - A scenic paved bicycle & jogging/walking trail winding through the Spring River corridor. ( it links the Spring River Park to the Spring River golf course)

Performing Arts

Roswell Community Little Theatre - P.O. Box 305 Roswell, NM 88201, (505)622-1982.

Roswell Symphony Orchestra - 3201 N. Main, (505)623-5882.

Annual Latino Band Appreciation Celebration - February. Call the Parks & Recreation Dept. at 624-6720 for date & time.

Party on the Pecos - at Cahoon Park. Nashville entertainment as well as local, food & game booths. Contact Kelly Bradshaw at the Roswell Community League, 625-1259, for more information.

Pearson Auditorium - NMMI Contact: Major Askwig 624-8400 - $400 Base for 4 hrs, $50 each hour, 10/hr for bldg supr. Capacity - 900 people

Amphitheater - NMMI Contact: Major Askwig 624-8400 - $200 base, 50/ea addtl, 10/hr bldg superviser - Capacity - 300 people.

Annual Events

Annual Old Timers Balloon Rally. The first weekend of May. For more information contact Victoria at (505) 622-1221.

Party on the Pecos. The first Saturday in May. Food & Games booths, kids korner, live entertainment. For more information contact the Parks & Recreation Dept. at (505) 624-6720. This year headline country singer Steve Azar.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration. The First Sunday in May. Food & Games booths, live Tejano entertainment. For more information contact the Parks & Recreation Dept. at (505) 624-6720.

Fishing Derby at Spring River Park. Second Saturday in June. For more information contact the Parks & Recreation Dept. at (505) 624-6720. Begins this year 9:00am.

UFO Encounter Festival. Annual festival held first week in July. Week long festivities include children’s games, food booths, expo trade show, alien costumes contest, a lien village, laser light shows, concerts and more. For more information contact Shawn Hughes (505) 623-5695 or Carl Lucas (505) 624-7729.

Dragon Fly Festival. Late August. For more information contact the Friends Group at (505) 622-6755.

Chili Cheese Festival. Last Saturday in September. Arts and Crafts, foods and games, booths, workshops, musical entertainment, Chile roasting, stagecoach rides. For more information contact Dusty Huckabee at (505) 624-6860.

Pinatafest. Mid September. Food & games, booths, parade, entertainment and piñata breaking. For more information contact Ray Baca at (505) 624-0889.

Eastern New Mexico State Fair & Parade. Late September, early part of October. For more information contact Trisha Lair or Laura Eldrige (505) 623-9411. This year theme 81 Years of Family, Fun & Tradition.

Mainstreet Roswell Electric Light Parade. First Saturday in December. For more information contact Dusty Huckabee, Mainstreet Roswell at (505) 624-6860.

Accommodations

Belmont, 2100 West Second, 505-623-4522
Budget Inn, 2101 North Main, 505-623-6050, 800-752-INNS
Budget Inn West, 2200 West Second, 505-623-3811, 800-806-7030
Best Western El Rancho Palacio, 2205 N Main, 505-622-272, 800-528-1234
Comfort Inn, 3595 North Main, 505-623-4567
Crane Motel, 1212 West Second, 505-623-1293
Days Inn, 1310 North Main, 505-623-4021, 800-Days Inn
Econo Lodge, 2331 North Main, 505-623-9425
El Capitan Motel, 1631 S Main, 505-622-9375
Frontier, 3010 North Main, 505-622-1400, 800-678-1401
Holiday Inn Express, 2300 N Main, 505-627-9900, 800-HOLIDAY
Leisure Inn, 2700 West Second, 505-622-2575
Mayo Lodge, 1716 West Second, 505-622-0210
Motel 6, 3307 N. Main, 505-625-6666
National 9, 2001 North Main, 505-622-0110, 800-423-3106
Navaja Motel, 1013 West Second, 505-622-9220
Ramada Inn, 2803 West Second, 505-623-9440, 800-272-6232
Sally Port Inn & Suites, (Best Western), 2000 North Main, 505-622-6430
Super 8, 3575 North Main, 505-622-8886, 800-800-8000

Roswell Campgrounds & Recreational Vehicle Parks

Tent Camping & RV's
Bottomless Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, 12 miles east of Roswell, Hwy 380, 624-6058
Town & Country R.V. Park, 331 West Brasher Road, 624-1833
Trailer Village Campgrounds, 1706 East Second Street, 623-6040

RV Parks Only

Golden Rule Mobile Home & RV Park, 37 McCall Loop, 624-2436
Spring River Estates & RV Park, 1000 East College, 623-8034
Trade Village RV Park, 2200 S. Sunset, 622-7447

Communities and Related Links
Clovis Community
Roswell, New Mexico Web Site
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