Southeastern New Mexico attractions

Top Choice National Park in Southeastern New Mexico

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

While a cave might not sound quite as sexy as redwoods, geysers or the Grand Canyon, there’s no question that this one measures up on the national parks’ jaw-droppingly ginormous scale: to simply reach the main cham…
Top Choice National Park in Southeastern New Mexico

White Sands National Monument

Undulating through the Tularosa Basin like something out of a dream, these ethereal dunes are a highlight of any trip to New Mexico, and a must on every landscape photographer's itinerary. Try to time a visit to Whi…
Top Choice Museum in Roswell

Roswell Museum & Art Center

Roswell's excellent museum deserves a visit. Twelve galleries showcase Southwestern artists including Georgia O'Keeffe, Peter Hurd and Henriette Wyeth, along with an eclectic mix of Native American, Hispanic and Ang…
Museum in Roswell

International UFO Museum & Research Center

There’s a lot of reading to be done here and exhibits dive right into the nitty-gritty, assuming familiarity with Roswell's extraterrestrial past. Display panels share witness statements, newspaper cuttings and exte…
Historic Site in Lincoln

Lincoln Historic Site

It's hard to believe that in Billy the Kid's era Lincoln was home to a bustling population of nearly 900. Today it is essentially a ghost town, with only about 50 people living here. Those who do, however, are dedic…
Archaeological Site in Southeastern New Mexico

Three Rivers Petroglyph Site

The remote Three Rivers Petroglyph Site showcases over 21,000 petroglyphs, incised six centuries ago by the Jornada Mogollon people onto the flat surfaces of boulders atop a low ridge at the eastern edge of the Tula…
Museum in Alamogordo

New Mexico Museum of Space History

Looming over the northeast corner of town and nicknamed 'the golden cube,' this four-story museum is surrounded by historic missiles, and holds excellent exhibits on space exploration. A Hall of Fame hails pioneers …
National Park in Southeastern New Mexico

Valley of Fires Recreation Area

At the Valley of Fires Recreation Area, 4 miles west of Carrizozo, you can explore the rocky blackness of a 125-sq-mile lava flow that's 160ft deep in the middle. The paved 0.6-mile nature trail is easy for kids and…
Gallery in Lincoln

Hurd-La Rinconada Gallery & Sentinel Ranch Winery

San Patricio, a tranquil country village along the Rio Ruidoso, has the kind of golden glow and gentle scenery that's been drawing artists to New Mexico for more than a century. Located on gorgeous Sentinel Ranch, t…
Viewpoint in Cloudcroft

Mexican Canyon Trestle Overlook

Built in 1899 to carry timber down to Alamogordo for the El Paso and Northeastern Railroad, the railway line here twisted up the Sacramento Mountains for 32 miles, crossing 58 wooden trestles. The railway later carr…