Welcome to the West
Giddyup and get on to Roswell, where our western roots run deep, back to the days of cattle baron John Chisum and infamous outlaw Billy the Kid.
Burnt Well Guest Ranch
If you’re looking to experience an authentic working ranch up close or just some unplugged peace and quiet, look no further than Burnt Well Guest Ranch. Sixteen miles from the nearest highway and is thirty-five miles from Roswell, Burnt Well has been in the same family for over 50 years. Adventures include horseback riding and instruction, roping instruction, cattle drives and cattle working, overnight rides and more low-key activities like stargazing and birdwatching.
399 Chesser Rd.
Roswell, NM 88203
Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico Museum and Archives
Once the stately home of Mr. and Mrs. James Phelps White and a Roswell landmark since its completion in 1912, this grand house now serves as the Historical center for Southeast New Mexico’s Museum. The museum is a reminder of turn-of-the-century life in Chaves County.
200 N. Lea
Roswell, NM 88201
Open by appointment
History buffs are sure to enjoy West of Beyond: The Rogers and Mary Ellen Aston Collection of the American West, a large permanent exhibition at the Roswell Museum containing over 2,000 artifacts and artwork including clothing, tools, saddles, boots, and much more. Also on display are paintings by prominent 20th-century New Mexico artists Peter Hurd, Henriette Wyeth, Georgia O’Keeffe and others.
1011 N. Richardson Ave.
Roswell, NM 88201
Open Daily 10 am – 6pm
Ranching and agriculture continue to be a big part of life in Roswell today. Experience the Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings July – October at the Chaves County Courthouse, Eastern New Mexico State Fair each fall, the unforgettable Graves Farm Pumpkin Patch, and the Jesse Andrus & Mike Hillman Memorial Pro Rodeo in April.
Spend the day perusing Blair’s Trading Post, Roswell Seed Company (since 1898), Roswell Livestock & Farm Supply, Rugged Trade, The Farmhouse on 2nd, and She’s A Dandy.
Barbecue aficianados have plenty to choose from at Backdraft, Black Betty and La Sierra Mesquite Smoked BBQ. For steaks and homestyle breakfasts, visit Cowboy Cafe, Cattleman’s Kountry Kitchen, Cattle Baron and Terry’s Sale Barn Cafe.