I'm reading a book about Billy the Kid that I bought in Lincoln, New Mexico and it explains that Roswell was founded as a major cattle center along the Pecos, dominated by massive herds of rancher John Chisum. It's ironic, then, that today the town is most known for the alleged crash of a UFO in 1947. The International UFO Museum & Research Center is undoubtedly the main tourist draw. The Chihuahua desert and Bitter Lake Wildlife Refuge, however, are stark examples of nature at its most extreme.
A UFO allegedly crashed in Roswell in the summer of 1947, altering this town forever. Now Roswell is alien obsessed, and even the local McDonald’s is shaped like a flying saucer. UFO tourism has attracted folks to this small New Mexico town, where visitors frequent UFO-themed shops like the Alien Zone and turn up for the annual summer UFO Festival. (The cult TV show Roswell provided an added boost.) Skeptics and believers alike will find much to think about at the International UFO Museum and Research Center.
What a joke a tourist trap this town turned out to be! Such a disappointment!
Kitschy and oddball are the two first adjectives that come to mind when I think of Roswell. Situated in some of the most desolate land in Eastern New Mexico, Roswell is famous for its association with aliens and the supposed alien aircraft that crashed nearby. Check out the museum, and just let yourself have a good time.