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ADVENTURES IN NEW MEXICO

New Mexico is a state that has intrigued us for quite some time. White Sands National Monument was the main reason we wanted to visit New Mexico. But, when we started planning our road trip, we found so many other exciting adventures in New Mexico, too. We couldn't wait to set out and explore, and after we went through our road trip check list (servicing and cleaning our car, checking trip insurance options, and packing a cooler), we were on the road heading south. Throughout our visit, we made our way to the towns of Roswell, Alamogordo, Santa Fe, and Taos, to see sights such as Bottomless Lake State Park, Meow Wolf, UFO and Alien Tours, Pistachio Farms, Mineral Springs, and so much more. Read on to learn about our favorite adventures in New Mexico!
We started our New Mexico adventures with a two-night stay in Roswell. Roswell, New Mexico is known for an alleged UFO crash in 1947. The town has certainly embraced it; therefore, we couldn't resist stopping for a visit. After arriving late in the evening, we decided to pack the next day full of wacky alien adventures…and a little bit of nature thrown in for good measure. Every which way we looked, we spotted alien eyes, UFOs, and extraterrestrial themed establishments. Was it cheesy? Yes. Was it still somehow entertaining? Yes!
ROSWELL UFO TOUR
Our first matter of business was to dig into the story of what happened more than 60 years ago in this tiny town. We booked a morning Roswell UFO Tour with UFO researcher Dennis Balthaser to get to the bottom of it. Dennis has been researching the Roswell Incident for over 25 years and he has vast knowledge of the events that happened back in July of 1947. The actual UFO crash site is located around 75 miles north of Roswell, so we didn't visit the actual crash site. But, we did visit more than 20 locations on the tour, some of which included former homes of first hand witnesses of the event, the Roswell Industrial Air Park (the place where the supposed alien bodies and debris from the crash were stored), and so much more. We listened to stories that first hand witnesses told Dennis, as well as some pretty intense stories that happened to Dennis throughout his research. He gave us more information on the incident than we ever could have imagined. Regardless of our beliefs on the subject, we left with an in depth insight into the events that occurred. It was a fascinating look into the history of both Roswell and the UFO crash that may or may not have happened near Roswell.

UFO MUSEUM & RESEARCH CENTER AND ALIEN ZONE
To supplement our newly gained knowledge, a visit to the UFO Museum & Research Center was a must. The museum collects and preserves the information and materials involving “The Roswell Incident”. The museum is small, but we learned even more about the events of that fateful day in 1947, as well as other lesser known sightings in the area. After an intense morning, it was time for some lighthearted alien fun. We stopped in to browse the souvenirs and paid the small fee (I believe it was $3 during our visit) to go to the back room. The back room is filled with cheeky alien scenes perfect for goofy photos. You have to go in with a sense of humor…and maybe some hand sanitizer because it could use a pretty good cleaning sesh. Anyways, we spent around 30 minutes laughing our heads off and posing for photos with our new alien friends.

BOTTOMLESS LAKE STATE PARK
Luckily, the Roswell area isn’t only about aliens. We also made our way out to Bottomless Lake State Park for a dose of beautiful nature. There are nine lakes in this area, and many of them are surrounded by towering red cliffs. During our visit, we went on a few short hikes, and sat on the shore of Lea Lake as we watched a storm roll in.

EAT A FAMOUS GREEN CHILE BURGER
And, when you are in New Mexico, you have to try a dish with their famous green chiles. To accomplish this task, we made our way to Big D’s Downtown Dive for a delicious green chile burger in a cute restaurant decorated with license plates on the walls.

WHITE SANDS NATIONAL MONUMENT
We left Roswell early the following morning to make our way to White Sands National Monument. White Sands is located just outside of Alamogordo, New Mexico, so that’s where we decided to base ourselves for the next couple of nights. The desert consists of 275 square miles of gypsum sand dunes, and the glistening white sand is sugar soft.