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Roswell is the fifth largest and arguably the most well-known city in New Mexico, due to the numerous claims of alien and UFO sightings in the area. A popular tourist destination, the “Alien City” is also home to numerous pet-friendly attractions.
Roswell’s dog park is called the Woof Bowl. It is free and open daily from 5 am to 11 pm. The park features a small dog area, drinking stations, trees for shade, and a small agility course.
Dogs will absolutely love the Bottomless Lakes State Park, located in Roswell. They must be leashed (under a 10-foot leash). The park is named for its’ nine lakes, encircled by ancient limestone reefs. Swimming is allowed in only one lake, but there are also picnic areas and hiking trails.
No trip to the area is complete without a visit to the International UFO Museum and Research Center, which was awarded the top tourist destination in the state award by the Tourism Association of New Mexico. This locale is not only special for its’ un-earthly subject matter, but also for the fact that dogs are allowed all throughout the building! The free museum features exhibits on different crash sites, ancient cultures, and crop circles.
City Center in Roswell, NM puts the main attractions of Roswell within reach of your dog’s sniffing nose. The International UFO Museum and Research Center tries to get to the bottom of just what’s going on in our skies. View theories about UFOs, review the details of the famous Roswell Incident, and bring your dog into the gift shop too. Bring your pup in case he can sniff out the truth, then head to 3rd Rock From The Sun, an alien-themed gift shop with room for pups inside!
Roswell has two great restaurants that welcome your dog onto the patio, and both can be found in the 2nd Street/South Brown Road neighborhood. Peppers Grill & Bar serves delicious Tex-Mex cuisine, and has outdoor seating and an expansive menu to choose from. You can also eat outside Tinnie Mercantile & Deli. This deli has a variety of hot foods, from soups to sandwiches, house made quiche, and salads. It also has bowls for your pup!
Roswell residents of South Mill can enjoy two great parks to walk their dog and stretch their legs. Canine companions love Woof Bowl Dog Park as much as their humans love nearby Woof Bowl Stadium. Woof Bowl is an off-leash dog park with two areas for dogs large and small, water fountains, and plenty of trees for shade. If you just need to burn some energy, you can head to Spring River Park near the zoo to do some on-leash laps around the expansive grassy areas. Your dog is sure to enjoy the sights and smells of the river and pathways.
Noon Optimist Park balances its multi-use space within a compact area. If your dog loves people watching, bring him down to the skate park portion and walk laps while others ride the half-pipe. There are also grassy areas and room to roam for working off energy. You can also take your dog to Cielo Grand Recreation Area. This multi-use space has a track for lap running, a small stadium, a playground, and benches for rest. Leashed dogs are welcome to share the track, and there are enough people around to keep it interesting for a curious dog.
Bottomless Lakes State Park was the first state park in New Mexico, and it deserves the honor. Head 15 miles (and 15 minutes) southeast of Roswell to find this great natural space. Your dog should stay on leash while on the trails or in its pawsome campground. While swimming is allowed, check the day’s status before diving in or letting your pup test the waters. While there are some amenities like restrooms and convenience shops, bring your own water and a bowl for your pup before venturing out in the desert heat.
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