Every community in the country boasts about quality of life. But how many cities can really back up those claims?
If you’re judging us against cities our size, we’re pretty certain we’ll emerge as a leader in the pack.
We have two – yes, two, full service hospitals and a wide range of medical clinics to serve the healthcare needs of our 60,000 residents.
Eastern New Mexico Medical Center and Lovelace Regional Hospital provide quality medical and surgical care powered by the latest in technology. Eastern New Mexico Medical Center has a certified Level III trauma unit and Lovelace Regional Hospital is home to a full service Birthing Center.
Art, History & Culture
Roswell hosts an active artist community. Galleries line Main Street and Roswell’s Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art showcases the work of artists from all over the world who have participated in the Roswell Artists in Residence Program.
Our vibrant arts community is anchored by the Roswell Museum and Art Center, Southern New Mexico’s pre-eminent art museum. The Center’s 50,000 square foot facility includes 12 galleries dedicated to art and history exhibitions, the Patricia Lubben Bassett Art Education Center, and the recently renovated Robert H. Goddard Planetarium.
The Goddard Planetarium is one of the only planetariums in the Southwest, and of course, we can’t forget the International UFO Museum & Research Center, which attracts more than 220,000 visitors to Roswell every year.
Other community cultural assets include the Historical Center of Southeast New Mexico, the Douglas McBride Museum on the NMMI Campus, Walker Aviation Museum, Gallery of the Roswell Fine Arts League, the Roswell Little Theatre, the Neverland Theatre Company, Way, Way Off Broadwayand the Roswell Symphony.
If it’s recreation you want, we’ve got it, against the backdrop of a painted desert landscape.
There are 36 public recreational spaces just within the city limits including more than 11 miles of recreational trails and the 15-acre J. Kenneth Smith Bird Sanctuary & Nature Center.
The city’s parks feature sports fields, courts and facilities, as well as playgrounds and picnic tables and grills for relaxation and family fun.
More outdoor adventure can be found just a short drive away at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge and Bottomless Lakes State Park.
When winter arrives, the fun doesn’t stop. If skiing or snowboarding is your thing, we’re just an hour’s drive from Sierra Blanca. At 12,000 feet in elevation and with an annual snowfall of more than 15 feet, the mountain is the southernmost ski area in the nation. It offers 55 runs and trails ranging from beginner to expert.
We’re also just an hour’s flight from Scottsdale, Arizona, and here’s something pretty unusual for a city of our size – we also have a daily direct flight to Dallas, Texas both through American Airlines.
Festival & Tournament Fun
It’s no secret. In Roswell, we like to have fun, and there’s no shortage of festivals, tournaments and other community events to keep residents entertained and tourists coming to town.
Of course, the most famous event is the annual Amazing Roswell UFO Festival, which takes place in July to coincide with the anniversary of the reported alien spacecraft landing in 1947.
But we don’t “alienate” those with other interests. From music to film to food, we have community events for everyone.
And here’s something you probably didn’t know…Roswell is host to the largest 4-on-4 Charity Flag Football Tournament in the world.