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UFO Enthusiasts' Guide to Visiting Roswell, New Mexico

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UFO in the town of Roswell

UFO enthusiasts view visiting Roswell, New Mexico as a pilgrimage. This rite of passage offers many unique opportunities to make your UFO sojourn memorable.

Visiting the Ranch Crash Site in Roswell, New Mexico

In 2018, a new attraction gave even veteran Roswell visitors a reason to rush back one more time. For the first time, UFO enthusiasts were able to take a bus tour to the actual ranch where the UFO was reported to have crashed. The ranch was sold soon after the 2018 event.

Touring the Brazel Ranch

The 1947 UFO Crash Tour was presented as part of the annual Roswell UFO Festival. The ranch is located in the small town of Corona. This tiny township is located nearly 75 miles northwest of Roswell. Roswell's claim to fame was the Roswell Army Airfield where the crashed UFO and alien occupants were said to be temporarily stored as the military scrambled to handled the crash remains.

The Brazel Ranch and Crash Site Tour

The Roswell UFO tour included the actual crash site on the Brazel Ranch as well as the Brazel's original ranch house. Whether the tour will resume as an annual event hasn't been announced.

  • Ticket holders were treated to an authentic Mexican meal and could catch one of the major UFO movies.
  • Attendees were able to snap all the photos they desired.
  • Metal detectors were available to rent so you could comb the crash site for possible overlooked debris.

Visiting the Crash Site Today

According to the Albuquerque Journal, the Brazel Ranch crash site is actually on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) property. BLM property is public land and open to the general public. Unfortunately, access to the crash site can only be made through this privately-owned ranch. You would need permission from the ranch owner to go through the property. Never trespass on privately owned property.

Typical Roswell Tourist Sites to Visit

Certainly, you want to take in the usual tourist sites when you visit Roswell, the UFO capital of the United States. No visit is complete without visiting the International UFO Museum and Research Center or participating in local UFO researcher, Dennis Balthaser's famous UFO Tour, that includes Hanger (Building 84) where the crashed UFO and alien bodies were reportedly temporarily stored until transported to Wright-Patterson Airforce base in Dayton, Ohio.

Roswell UFO Museum

Photo Op Locations

You'll have plenty of photo opportunities when you pose by one of Roswell's globe streetlights that features aliens painted on the globes. Wait until nighttime when the green faces are all lit up! Only a few of the Main Street lights are adorned with the slanted dark alien eyes.

Street light in Roswell

Alien Print Shop Mural

You can't miss snapping a few great shots of the famous Alien Print Shop Mural of Hall-Poorbaugh Press building. The mural features various aliens posed with different robots. The building/mural is located at 250 N. Richardson Ave., Roswell, NM.

Moving Stealth UFO

You may have to hunt for it, but a stealth designed UFO is known to show up in various areas of the city. The faux UFO is permanently on a trailer that is easily hitched up and moved about to keep visitors guessing where it will show up next. It usually rolls in for city parades.

UFO Yard Decorations

It's not unusual to find various UFO yard decorations in the Roswell residents' front yards. If you're going to snap a photo, never trespass. Aim and shoot from the sidewalk or street. Ask permission if you happen to see the homeowner since it pays to be courteous.

Robert H Goddard Planetarium

Renowned rocket inventor/pioneer, Robert Goddard made Roswell his home some years before the Roswell Incident. It was here that Goddard built and launched his rockets just outside of the town. Don't miss this full dome digital theater and the photo op of his statue outside when you visit the Roswell Museum and Art Center located at 1011 N. Richardson Ave, Roswell, NM 88201. The phone number is (575) 624-6744.

Dirt in a Bottle

For many making the pilgrimage to Roswell, they come prepared to take a little dirt back with them. Most pilgrims collect the dirt in a plain jar. The choice of vessel is up to you, but your journey isn't considered complete by real UFO enthusiast until you go home with just a little Roswell dirt.

Get an Overhead View

One of the best kept secrets of Roswell is seen from the air via Roswell Helicopter Tours. The agricultural industry uses the technique of circle fields. This is an irrigation conservation technique that also conserves farmland. From the air, the city looks as though it has been invaded by hundreds of green and tan saucers that landed in fields. Grab a few shots from your plane and compete with the Google Maps satellite views.

Annual Roswell Galacticon & SciFi Film Fest

Held at the Roswell Convention & Civic Center during the annual Roswell Festival, the Roswell Galacticon & SciFi Film Fest is a must for any Roswell UFO fan! Any fan of cosplay, zobmies, rold-playing games and anything scifi or fantasy should plan to attend this festival!

Annual Roswell Galacticon & SciFi Film Fes

SciFi Film Fest

The SciFi Film Fest part features juried short and full SciFi and fantasy films shown at the Roswell Museum and Arts Center. Films are part of your general admission fee of $5/day pass or $10/3-day pass.

The Galacticon

The Galacticon part of the dual fest hosts Vendor Hall. This is a hub of activities that include all types of items for sale, numerous workshops, panel discussions, celebrity guests, role-playing games, such as Zombie Invasion, Cosplay Karaoke, Costume contests, and a popular annual Steampunk Ball!

Local Flavor

If you plan your trip just right, you can enjoy the Chile Cheese Festival that in 2019 was combined to create the Piñata & Chile Cheese Festival followed by the Eastern New Mexico State Fairgrounds - both held at the same location at 2500 S Main Street in Roswell.

Roswell Community Little Theatre

After your daytime UFO adventures, why not take in a play presented by the Roswell Community Little Theatre. Productions include, classics, such as Man of La Mancha, Odd Couple (female version), The 39 Steps, Francine's Will, and more. The theater is located at 1717 S Union Ave, Roswell, NM 88203; the phone is (575) 622-1982.

Places to Eat

Roswell, New Mexico has lots of excellent restaurants, cafes, diners, and even a few food trucks. You won't lack for variety and quality during your visit.

Silver Saucer Shaped McDonald's

You can't visit Roswell without grabbing a burger at the saucer-shaped McDonald's. You won't find another McDonald's like the Roswell silver saucer one, so be sure to snap a few photos of you standing outside and of course, enjoying a meal inside! It's located at 720 N. Main St., Roswell, NM.

Silver Saucer Shaped McDonald's

Food Trucks in Roswell

Don't let needing to eat slow you down during your visit. Two food trucks make your day with Black Betty B-B-Q located at 620 N Main Street is a must and so is authentic Mexican cuisine El Guerrero parked at 105 E Tilden Street.

Cowboy Cafe

Other places you may want to grab a bite include the Cowboy's Café, serving big breakfasts and delicious lunches. Located at 1120 E 2nd St, Roswell, NM 88201-7312. The phone is (575) 622-6363.

Peppers Grill & Bar

If you feel like partaking in a little Happy Hour after a long day of aliens and UFOs, try Peppers Grill & Bar between 4:30 pm and 7:30 pm in the bar or on the patio or stay late to enjoy the nightly live music on the patio. Located at 500 North Main, Roswell, NM 88201. You can make dinner reservations at (575) 623-1700.


Finding a place to stay isn't a problem when you investigate the accommodations in Roswell, New Mexico. You can visit the Roswell Visitor Center for additional information on accommodations. To get you started, you may want to consider a couple of highly rated chain hotels, such as Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott Roswell that's located at 1201 N Main St, Roswell, NM, 88201, and Hampton Inn & Suites located at 3607 North Main, Roswell, NM 88201. The phone is (575) 623-5151.

RV Parks

If you are an RV owner and prefer to stay in an RV park, you can find a few in town and several in the surrounding area. Highly rated ones include, Red Barn RV Park located at 2806 East 2nd, Roswell, NM 88201. Call (575) 623-4897 for reservations. Rates are $30/night and $170/week. The Spring River RV Park is located at 950 E College Blvd, Roswell, NM 88201. Call (575) 625-5530 or (575) 910-9782 for rates- nightly, weekly and monthly are available.

Exploring and Visiting Roswell, New Mexico for UFO Enthusiasts

There is a lot to explore when visiting Roswell, New Mexico if you're an UFO enthusiast. Take time to investigate these featured places and always take photos, you never know what or who you might capture in the background!

UFO Enthusiasts' Guide to Visiting Roswell, New Mexico