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Old 02-25-08, 09:57 AM
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Tell me about Southern New Mexico

I'm heading to Southern New Mexico for a couple days in late spring and there seems to be a lot to do there so I am looking for some advice. So far I would like to go to Carlsbad caverns and watch the bats fly out, check out Roswell and go on the Billy the kid trial. (Fort Stanton, Lincoln, Capitan, Ruidoso) and then on my way out hit Fort Sumner. Any suggestions on what to see, where to say, where to eat?

I only have 2 full days there so I need to catch as much stuff as possible in a short amount of time.
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Old 02-25-08, 10:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Lateralus
I'm heading to Southern New Mexico for a couple days in late spring and there seems to be a lot to do there so I am looking for some advice. So far I would like to go to Carlsbad caverns and watch the bats fly out, check out Roswell and go on the Billy the kid trial. (Fort Stanton, Lincoln, Capitan, Ruidoso) and then on my way out hit Fort Sumner. Any suggestions on what to see, where to say, where to eat?

I only have 2 full days there so I need to catch as much stuff as possible in a short amount of time.
Roswell isn't really anything special....couple stores for Alien stuff. Never got to go to Carlsbad when I lived there but heard it is awesome, very cold.

Enjoy the 4 hour ride from Carlsbad to Fort Sumner.

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Old 02-25-08, 10:45 AM
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Carlsbad is a cool place. I've been 3 times and every time I've seen this guy walking down the street in front of the Holiday Inn with a huge boa constrictor wrapped around his upper torso.

Roswell is a strange town. The natives really do seem commited to the alien idea. I was there for 1 day and went to the "main" alien museum (which was cool) and then the "other" museum (which was the tinfoil-hat type of paranoia). Both amused me. I also ate at the Crash Down Diner (featured in the show Roswell) just because I could.

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Old 02-25-08, 10:50 AM
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You should schedule a full day for Carlsbad Caverns. They're amazingly cool, but you see all these people rushing through them as if they had seen it all before. If you schedule ahead, you can go on special guided tours to areas that are closed to the general public. Plan on getting muddy. The bats are migratory, and live in Mexico during the winter. I don't remember when they arrive at Carlsbad.

White Sands National Monument is interesting. It's just sand dunes, but the sand is snow white.

If you're here on April 5, go to the Trinity Site. That's where the first atomic bomb was detonated. It's on a military reservation, so it's only open two days a year.

We haven't found any special good place to eat or sleep.
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Well since the bats don't start till Memorial Day I believe Carlsbad will have to wait for another time. I'll only be getting in to the area around lunch time anyway so I'll make my first stop at Roswell and spend my afternoon there and the second day I will do the Billy the Kid trail and finally Fort Sumner on the third day and on my way out.

I would love to try Trinity as well but that is only open two days of the year and I won't be even close to the area! *sigh*

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Old 02-25-08, 01:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Lateralus
Well since the bats don't start till Memorial Day I believe Carlsbad will have to wait for another time. I'll only be getting in to the area around lunch time anyway so I'll make my first stop at Roswell and spend my afternoon there and the second day I will do the Billy the Kid trail and finally Fort Sumner on the third day and on my way out.

I would love to try Trinity as well but that is only open two days of the year and I won't be even close to the area! *sigh*
The bats are not the most interesting part of Carlsbad Caverns. You should still go, even if you're only spending an afternoon. Dress for temperatures in the fifties. We're talking a natural room the size of the Astrodome!
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You'll have about 5 buildings and you're out of Capitan if you're heading there.
I did worship at Lone Tree Ranch out there for a few months, very awesome place. Good food places if you like mom and pop shops.

Roswell is just a normal city except it has alien head street lights, and a UFO mcdonalds.
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Roswell no longer has alien head street lamps. They have dragonflies on them. Apparently Roswell has a genuine appeal to dragonfly fans, as having more species than any other place on Earth.
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New Mexico is beautiful...

unless you are dead inside... the scenery while driving is amazing...

you'll also have the chance to try actual chile... red or green...

if you can make it up to Socorro on I-25, not sure how you will be coming in, try to see the VLA if you are in any way interested in astronomy...
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Originally Posted by Dr Mabuse
New Mexico is beautiful...

unless you are dead inside... the scenery while driving is amazing...

you'll also have the chance to try actual chile... red or green...

if you can make it up to Socorro on I-25, not sure how you will be coming in, try to see the VLA if you are in any way interested in astronomy...

When I saw that YOU were the last poster on this, I came in expecting to see advice about what to see in Cozumel.
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Roswell no longer has alien head street lamps. They have dragonflies on them. Apparently Roswell has a genuine appeal to dragonfly fans, as having more species than any other place on Earth.
When did this happen? We were there a few months ago and saw plenty of alien head street lamps.

To the OP, I would pass right through Roswell and take a drive out to Ruidoso. Nice scenic drive, and if you like a bit of gambling, there is a nice casino there (Inn of the Mountain Gods).
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Originally Posted by SmackDaddy
When did this happen? We were there a few months ago and saw plenty of alien head street lamps.

To the OP, I would pass right through Roswell and take a drive out to Ruidoso. Nice scenic drive, and if you like a bit of gambling, there is a nice casino there (Inn of the Mountain Gods).

Ruidoso seems like THE place to be! Is it a fun town? I'm thinking my second nights say will be in Ruidoso or in Lincoln where I can find a good B+B and peace and quiet.
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Originally Posted by Dr Mabuse
New Mexico is beautiful...

unless you are dead inside... the scenery while driving is amazing...

you'll also have the chance to try actual chile... red or green...

That is one of the main reasons why I am going, to see the scenery! As for food I will only be thiking two types of food for two days... authentic Mexican or steak!
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I don't know about any B&B's, but it is a really scenic place. I wish we could have spent more than a day there. My girlfriend and I hope to take our motorcycles up there and just ride around.

Don't forget to pick up a wooden bear if you pass through (you'll see what I mean if you go).
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That is one of the main reasons why I am going, to see the scenery! As for food I will only be thiking two types of food for two days... authentic Mexican or steak!
yep... like red or green chile... the authentic stuff...
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Originally Posted by SmackDaddy
When did this happen? We were there a few months ago and saw plenty of alien head street lamps.

To the OP, I would pass right through Roswell and take a drive out to Ruidoso. Nice scenic drive, and if you like a bit of gambling, there is a nice casino there (Inn of the Mountain Gods).
There was a story in the paper last year about Roswell replacing the alien head lamps. Of course, the Journal wouldn't have a problem exaggerating things a bit to pep-up a story.
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There was a story in the paper last year about Roswell replacing the alien head lamps. Of course, the Journal wouldn't have a problem exaggerating things a bit to pep-up a story.
i'll believe it when it's in 'The Alibi'...

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