Hitting the Road with Southern Journeys: New Mexico (Part One)

 At SoJo we like to travel just as much as our members do. We hit the road and found plenty to do and see in the great state of New Mexico close to or in the area of our properties. Check out our inventory. Currently, we have property in the Taos Ski Valley, Santa Fe, and Ruidoso, but the great thing about New Mexico is that it’s easy to travel, and a comparatively small state with smooth, impressive open roads, spanning deserts of red earth, and sprawling mountains.

Roswell, New Mexico

Depending on what direction you’re coming from (and even if you have to drive a little out of your way) it’s worth it to stop at this landmark in Roswell, New Mexico. In July of 1947, a mysterious flying object reportedly fell from the sky about seventy miles outside Roswell in the middle of the desert. Eye-witnesses claim the object was “disk-shaped,” and possessed highly advanced technology. Was it a  UFO? A flying saucer? Or was it simply a government-maintained weather balloon that unexpectedly dropped out of the sky? In Roswell, you’re asked to judge for yourself.

International UFO Museum

The quest for the truth starts here. The museum in Roswell has the finest collection of research, declassified documentation, photographs, and artwork asking questions about the possibility of extraterrestrial life visiting Earth. Exhibits are not limited to New Mexico, or even to the United States, but instead document sightings, theories, and evidence from all over the world. Tickets are $5 per person and the museum is open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

            Walker Air Force Base

This now closed, this air base was once the Army Air Corps largest flying school during WWII and, during the Cold War, was the largest Strategic Air Command. Today, instead of fresh-faced recruits, you’ll find a detailed museum chronicling important moments from the air base history, as well as serving as a retirement spot for antique American aircraft. Admission is free and the museum is open 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Find the link here for more details: http://www.wafbmuseum.org/.

Annual UFO Festival

This is a special event held in the last week of June. First stop is to visit the organization tent on the courthouse lawn and collect your official UFO passport. Each vendor and booth you visit will give you a stamp. When you have enough stamps collected you can take the passport back to the court house and receive a commemorative bag filled with Roswell goodies (don’t worry—you get to keep the passport too.) Join Roswell in alien parades, light shows, costume contests, and street performers. http://www.ufofestivalroswell.com/.

Our next stops are Albuquerque and Santa Fe! Check back on our blog for more to see and do while staying at our properties in New Mexico.

           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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