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Day trips


American Museum of Agriculture, Lubbock β€” The museum strives to tell the story of American agriculture. Info: (806) 239-5796

American Wind Power Center, Lubbock β€” Collection of historic windmills in the world with more than 90 windmills dating back from the 1870s. Info: (806) 747-8734

Art Gallery in the South Plains College Library, Levelland β€” A collection of paintings donated by Marjorie Merriwether Post. Info: (806) 894-9611

Billy the Kid Museum, Fort Sumner β€” One of the largest collections of the West’s most feared outlaws, Billy the Kid. Info: 562-2202

Blackwater Draw Museum, Portales β€” A museum displaying artifacts and history of the area up to 13,000 years ago. Info: 562-2202

Bosque Redondo Memorial, Fort Sumner β€” Honors the memory of the Navajos and Mescalero Apaches who were forced to endure the β€œLong Walk” in the 1800s.

Brantley Lake State Park, between Artesia and Carlsbad β€” State park including a 2,500-acre fishing lake. Info: 457-2384

Buddy Holly Center, Lubbock β€” A center to celebrate and learn about the legendary rock and roll singer, Buddy Holly. Info: (806) 767-2686

Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo β€” The infamous row of 10 spray-painted Cadillacs half-buried in the dirt. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own paint and add to the art themselves.

Dinosaur Museum at Mesalands Community College, Tucumcari β€” The world’s largest collection of bronze dinosaur skeletons. Info: 461-3466

Clovis Depot and Model Train Museum, Clovis β€” Model trains and the history of railroad. Info: 762-0066

Don Harrington Discovery Center and Space Theater, Amarillo β€” A hands-on science discovery center including a space theater. Info: (800) 784-9548

Muleshoe Heritage Center β€” A trip back in time to the early 20th century in original buildings on-site built nearly a century ago. Info: (806) 272-5873

Science Spectrum, Lubbock β€” A highly interactive museum dedicated to the education of science. Info: (806) 745-2525

Panhandle Plains Historical Museum, Canyon β€” More than 3 million artifacts from a variety of current and long-withstanding exhibits. Info: (806) 651-2244

Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell β€” A collection of fine art, history and space science technology. Info: 624-6744

Roosevelt County Museum, Portales β€” A variety of exhibits including antique products, wartime weapons, and a rare 47-star American flag. Info: 562-2592

Sand Dunes of Monahans, Texas β€” 3,840 acres of sand dunes that have been traveled through for more than 12,000 years. Camel tours available. Info: (432) 943-2092

White Oak’s Ghost Town, outside of Carrizozo β€” One of the best-kept secret ghost towns in New Mexico with plenty of beautiful scenery. Info:

New Mexico Museum of Space History, Alamagordo β€” including an IMAX theater, and located in the White Sands National Park. Info: 437-2840

Land of Fire and Ice, Grants β€” A cave full of ice year round located a short hike away from a volcano. Info: (888) ICE-CAVE

Valley of Fires Recreation Area, west of Carrizozo β€” A 45-mile-long lava flow estimated to have formed more than 1,000 years ago. Info: 648-2241.

Western Heritage and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame, Hobbs β€” A taste of what life was like in New Mexico before it was even a state. Info: 392-1275.


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