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. Seventeen galleries showcase Southwestern artists including Georgia O'Keeffe, Peter Hurd and Henriette Wyeth, along with an eclectic mix of Native American, Hispanic and …
Top Choice Museum in Roswell

International UFO Museum & Research Center

There’s a lot of reading to be done here; display panels are covered with witness statements, newspaper cuttings and extended essays, outlining the 1947 Roswell Incident Timeline and explaining the 'great cover-up.'…
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 NRA 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 Tular…
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…
Museum in Ruidoso

Hubbard Museum of the American West

This town-run museum focuses on local history, with a wonderful gallery of old photos, and also displays Native American kachinas, war bonnets, weapons and pottery. Traces of its original incarnation as the Museum o…
Area in Alamogordo

La Luz & Tularosa

The painters, writers and craftspeople who live in the tiny enclave of La Luz, 4 miles north of Alamogordo, share a passion for creating artwork and living off the land; a wild outpost, it’s well worth a browse. Ano…