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Outdoor Recreation

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At an elevation of 3,649 feet, Roswell has a remarkably stable climate perfect for all types of outdoor activities. Temperatures average 60°F in the winter and from 80°F to 90°F during the summer.

OUTDOOR RECREATION

In Roswell, it’s always a good time to enjoy the great outdoors. From hiking to playing golf to camping, you can always find something fun to do here. See for yourself:

GOLF COURSES

Spring River Golf Course
1612 W. 8th St., 575-622-9506

NMMI Golf Course
201 W. 19th St., 575-622-6033

Both are 18-hole courses and open to the public.

PARKS, TRAILS & OTHER OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Spring River Park and Zoo

New Mexico’s only free zoo and park. Includes a miniature train ride, carousel, picnic facilities and a playground. Open 7 days a week. Summer hours are 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Winter hours are 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. 1306 E. College Blvd. 575-624-6760

Bottomless Lakes State Park

Boating, swimming, fishing, hiking, camping and picnicking. Established as New Mexico’s first state park in 1933. During summer months, visitors can rent paddleboats for a small fee. Open every day, 6 a.m. – 9 p.m. 12 miles east of Roswell on Highway 380, 575-624-6058 or www.emnrd.state.nm.us/PRD/bottomless.htm

Mescalero Sand Dunes

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Sand dunes covering 610 acres. Hiking, camping, ATV riding and dirt biking. Open year-round. Located 45 miles east of Roswell on Highway 380, 575-627-0272.

Spring River Parkway Trail

Scenic trail winding through the Spring River Corridor including nine park sites and regional parks. 1101 W. 4th St. Call the City of Roswell Park and Recreation Office at 575-624-6720

Hondo River Recreation Trail

Recreation Trail along the Hondo River that connects Roswell Boys and Girls Club to the Yucca Recreation Center.

Cielo Grande Recreation Area

Regional park of 151 acres. Soccer complex, special-event area, large group picnic areas, multi-sport practice areas and skate park all connected by walking trails. Concession and restroom facilities available. Call the Roswell Parks and Recreation Office at 575-624-6720

Cahoon Park and Swimming Pool

One of the oldest regional parks with big shade trees and historic stone masonry. Picnics, tennis, swimming, basketball and walking in a pleasant and welcoming environment. Alien playstation for children. Outdoor pool with picnic facilities. Lighted tennis court. Open Memorial Day through Labor Day. 1101 W. 4th St., 575-624-6764.

Roswell Bird and Nature Center

One of Roswell’s newest parks. Designed to create an atmosphere where birds can be viewed in their natural habitat. Spring River Parkway south of First Church of the Nazarene, 501 N. Sycamore, 575-624-6720.

Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Designated hunting and fishing areas. Habitat for some of the rarest creatures in New Mexico. Diverse flora, fauna and migratory foul. Home to the annual Dragonfly Festival where you can see over 90 species of dragonflies and damselflies that inhabit the refuge. Open every day. 4065 Bitter Lakes Rd., 575-662-6755. www.fws.gov/southwest/refuges/newmex/bitterlake

With all of these geographic features, Roswell has a landscape that is as colorful as its history.

RV FACILITIES

Bottomless Lakes State Park
12 miles east of Roswell on Highway 380, 575-624-6058

Town & Country RV Park
331 W. Brasher Rd., 575-624-6040

Trailer Village Campgrounds
1706 E. 2nd St., 575-623-6040

Golden Rule Mobile Home and RV Park
137 McCall Loop, 575-624-2436

Spring River Estates and RV Park
1000 E. College, 575-623-8034

The Trade Village RV Park
220 S. Sunset, 575-622-7447Roswell Bird and Nature Center

One of Roswell’s newest parks. Designed to create an atmosphere where birds can be viewed in their natural habitat. Spring River Parkway south of First Church of the Nazarene, 501 N. Sycamore, 575-624-6720.

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