We enjoyed our visit in Socorro, New Mexico, but it was time to move on to our next stop Artesia, New Mexico. We arrived here on March 4 for 2 nights. You may not be familiar with Artesia, but it’s roughly a 90-minute drive from Carlsbad Caverns National Park. We chose to stay here instead of the town of Carlsbad due to hotel costs and found that this was the town to stay in as it was more interesting. This town worked really hard on developing a central core and sharing the history with bronze figures. While we've seen many bronze figures as art in towns, this one wins the prize. All the figures are 125% life size!
Along the way to Artesia, we drove through Roswell expecting the town to be shrouded in all things UFO, but we were sadly disappointed. There is a museum and a few businesses denoting aliens, but overall, it’s like the town was moving on from the alleged 1947 UFO crash – or, one could say that it looks like the government has been successful in the cover-up! We found this to be the best alien representation along our drive, and it was in the town of Carlsbad!
We have never seen Carlsbad Caverns, and I must say that it was worth making a point to stop. We enjoyed an hour long walk into the entrance, then spent 2 hours and 40 minutes making our way around the inside. I should note that the parks department denotes a 60 to 90-minute time frame for viewing! This place is really something special to see.
Thanks for joining our journey.