This is the tour booklet but without the pictures and maps which are in the booklet you will receive at registration


Southern New Mexico

 National Driving Tour

October 5-10



Tumbleweed V8 Club

Regional Group #79









Thank you for participating in the Early Ford V-8 Club’s National Driving Tour program.


On behalf of the Early Ford V-8 Club’s Board of Directors, I would like to welcome you to New Mexico and all it has to offer.  The Tumbleweed Regional Group # 79 has created an enjoyable Tour for you.


The National Driving Tour Program was created for members that want to get out on the open road and enjoy what Henry Ford and the Ford Motor Company created for us — the Early Ford V-8.  This will be the 10th National Driving Tour that has been sponsored.  Each one has been a comfortable, enjoyable and memorable time for its participants.


As you travel during this Tour, please think of a destination in your home state that would be conducive to a National Driving Tour.  The National Club will help you or your Regional Group with announcing and supporting the event.


I hope you enjoy your time in New Mexico and the work that the Tumbleweed Regional Group has done to make the Tour an event to remember.



Tour on……………


Bruce Nelson

Early Ford V-8 Club

National Driving Tour Committee Chair



OCTOBER 5-10, 2018

A big “Howdy“ and welcome from the Tumbleweed Regional Group, organizers of the Southern New Mexico National Driving Tour sponsored by the Early Ford V8 Club of America.

If this is your first national driving tour, we think you will enjoy the format. We take mainly old, less-traveled roads. We see areas and sights reminiscent of the by-gone days when our early Fords were new. We tour at a leisurely pace, typically 55 mph or less, and we will have a backup trailer in the event your Ford doesn’t know how to behave in the Southwest.

If you joined our 2013 national driving tour of northern New Mexico, welcome back!  You will see many contrasts between the northern and southern parts of New Mexico. For that matter, you will see great contrasts within southern New Mexico, from arid deserts to high forested mountains, from the desolate Trinity Site to the glory of Carlsbad Caverns, and much, much more in between. Lots of history, culture, and delicious food will add to the experience. Of course, the best part will be the new or renewed friendships with like-minded Ford lovers.

We guarantee this will be a memorable trip into the past as well as the present. Hang onto your steering wheels!

Below are the V-8ers who put this tour together.  We hope you have a great time in our Land of Enchantment!

Jay Hertz

Jeff and Beth Jackson

Kathleen McCaughey

George Abernathy

David McLain


                                           2013 Tour of Northern New Mexico





National Early Ford V8 Southern NM Tour 2018

Hotel Information
Friday -  Comfort Inn, Socorro – 575-838-4400
Saturday and Sunday - MCM Elegante, Ruidoso- 866-211-7727
Monday - Fairfield Inn, Alamogordo – 575-437-4000
Tuesday – Comfort Inn, Roswell – 575-623-5501
Wednesday - Stevens Inn, Carlsbad – 575-887-2851

Tour director - Jay Hertz. 505-235-8235
Registration - Beth Jackson 505-908-7564
Transportation help - George Abernathy 505-328-6538
Saturday assistant director (Trinity Site) - Jeff Jackson 505-908-7565
Sunday assistant director (Ruidoso) - Kathleen McCaughey 505-263-5248
Monday assistant director (Alamogordo) - David McClain 334-782-3521
Tuesday assistant director (Roswell) Jay Hertz – 505-235-8235
Wednesday assistant director (Carlsbad) - George Abernathy 505-328-6538
Technical Assistance - Joe Abbin 505-263-1946

Tour Participants (order of registration)

Name                                   Location                        Vehicle                                   Cell                                 

Jeff & Beth Jackson                Albuquerque, NM          ’46 Ford 2dr Sedan      505-908-7565/505-908-7564

Clyde & Gail Bangiola             Cottonwood, AZ            ’57 Ford Fairlane         928-300-4855/928-554-5788

Jim & Anne Brown                  Valparaiso, IN               ’18 Honda CRV                       219-743-0196

Jay Hertz & Helen Grevey       Albuquerque, NM         ’36 Ford Cabriolet                   505-235-8235

George & Jackie Abernathy    Rio Rancho, NM           ’38 Ford Fordor            505-269-4010/505-328-6538

David McLain                         Los Lunas, NM             ’51 Ford Tudor Custom           334-782-3521

Carl J. Schneider                   Des Moines, IA             ’38 Ford Fordor Std                 319-371-8149

George & Dawn Zulas            Roselle, IL                    ’40 Ford Tudor Std                  630-362-4120

Ken & Margaret Ballew           Rowlett, TX                  ’50 Ford Crestliner                  972-475-1014

Jimmy & Connie Gibson          Blue Ridge, TX                                               214-794-9771/214-794-2094

Jerry & Linda Kimbrell            Rockwall, TX                                                  972-679-8558/972-835-5201

Chris & Amy Joiner                Rio Rancho, NM           ’35 Ford Pickup                      505-382-8723

Ray & Lynne Brez                  Rockwall, TX                ’41 Lincoln                              714-968-9875

JC & Vera Boles                    Sherman, TX                                                             903-815-3985

Joe Abbin                              Albuquerque, NM                                                       505-263-1946

Kathleen McCaughey             Albuquerque, NM                                                       505-263-5248

Michael & Brenda Groves       Royse City, TX             ’50 Ford                     972-977-9150/972-977-9151

Bill & Linda Blake                   Dallas, TX                                                                 214-725-8325

Art Bills & Linda Herman         Rio Rancho, NM           Truck & Trailer                         505-269-8632

Charles and Sherri Brewer      Winnsboro, TX             ’35 Ford Victoria                     903-342-6915

Bert & Mary Snyder                 Payson, AZ                 ’08 F150                                 480-266-4047








Socorro is a city in the Rio Grande Valley with an elevation of 4,579 feet.  In 2012 the population was 8,906.  It is the county seat of Socorro County.

Socorro is home to the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology which was founded in 1889.  The campus is west of the downtown area. Socorro has a lovely historic plaza and historic district in the downtown area. There are many restaurants around the small city to try out on Friday evening. There are also many service stations so that you can fill up and be ready to head out on Saturday morning.























Socorro to Ruidoso - Saturday, October 6

7:30 am - Meet at hotel registration room for daily meeting. Gas up prior to meeting. Day’s Director - Jeff Jackson

Comfort Inn, Socorro to Trinity Site - 57 miles

Depart 8 am, Arrive 9:30 approximately depending on traffic, Stay 1 1/2 hours

We will head south through town, taking NM-1 south to San Antonio. 35.1 miles to Trinity Site turnoff on US-380 E. Trinity Site is 5 miles to gate and 17 miles to site, 44 miles round trip. Tour will provide cold water. Participants need to bring a snack, as lunch will be late.

Trinity Site to Valley of Fires - 60 miles                                                     Jeff and Beth

Depart 11:00, Arrive 12:10, Stay 20 minutes

Valley of Fires to Carrizozo - 4 miles

Depart 12:30 pm, Arrive 12:35. Gas up and eat lunch.

Carrizozo to Fort Stanton - 27 miles

Depart 2:00, Arrive 2:30. Museum is open until 4 pm, grounds until 5 pm.

Fort Stanton to MCM Elegante - 18 miles  Depart 4:30 - 5, Arrive 5:30.

Check into hotel. Dinner is on your own.

Socorro to Ruidoso - Saturday, October 6

Trinity Site National Historic Landmark

Trinity Site is only open two days a year.  We are fortunate to visit at this time.

Trinity Site is where the first atomic bomb was tested at 5:29:45 am Mountain War Time on July 16, 1945.  The 10-kilo-ton explosion not only led to a quick end to the war in the Pacific but also ushered the world into the atomic age.  All life on Earth has been touched by the event, which took place here.


The 51,500-acre area was declared a national historic landmark in 1975.  The landmark includes base camp, where the scientists and support group lived; ground zero, where the bomb was placed for the explosion; and the Schmidt/McDonald ranch house, where the plutonium core to the bomb was assembled.  Visitors to a Trinity Site Open House are given the opportunity to visit ground zero and the ranch house.  In addition, one of the old instrumentation bunkers is visible beside the road just west of ground zero.


Valley of Fires

Four miles west of the Town of Carrizozo on US 380, Valley of Fires Recreation Area is located immediately adjacent to the Malpais Lava Flow.  The site is managed by the Bureau of Land Management.  Approximately 5,000 years ago, Little Black Peak erupted covering 125 square miles of the Tularosa Basin with molten rock up to 160 feet thick.  The lava flow is considered to be one of the youngest flows in the U.S.  From a distance, Valley of Fires appears s barren rock but when you walk along the nature trail there are many varieties of flowers, cactus, trees and bushes typical of the Chihuahuan desert.  Animals include bats, roadrunners, quail, cottontails, mule deer, barberry sheep, and lizards.  It’s also a virtual birdwatcher’s paradise with great horned owls, burrowing owls, turkey vultures, hawks, gnat catchers, cactus wrens, sparrows, and golden eagles.  There is a small visitor center and bookstore.  The area includes the ADA accessible, paved Malpais Nature Trail.



Carrizozo is a town in Lincoln County, New Mexico and is the county seat with a population of 996 at the 2010 census.  Founded in 1899, the town provided the main railroad access for Lincoln County, and the town experienced significant population growth in the early decades of the 1900s.  However, with declining relevance of the railroad, the population of the town has gradually declined.  Elevation is 5,436 ft.

Here you will have the opportunity to gas up and have lunch.  There are three restaurants to choose from.  ZZQ BBQ is a food truck, Four Winds Restaurant advertises “comfort food” and Raylee’s serves lunch.  We will need to split up because these restaurants are not able to hold all of us at once.



Socorro to Ruidoso - Saturday, October 6

Fort Stanton


Fort Stanton was built in 1855 by soldiers of the 1st Dragoon and the 3rd and 8th Infantry Regiments to serve as a base of operations against the Mescalero Apache Indian.  It served as a military fortification through 1896.  Built of local stone, the sturdy 1855 buildings have lasted to this day.  The Fort was named for Captain Henry W. Stanton, killed fighting the Apaches in 1855 near present day Mayhill.  Troops marched out from the Fort to search for and fight the Mescalero Indians during numerous campaigns from 1855 until the 1880’s.


The Military Years

The Fort was seized by Confederate forces in 1861.  During the occupation, three Rebels were killed by Kiowa Indians while on patrol 50 miles north.  After all supplies were moved to Mesilla, the Confederates abandoned the Fort, burning it as they left.


The Hospital Years

In 1896, with the Mescalero Apache settled on the nearby reservation and the surrounding area bustling with new communities, the Fort was abandoned by the Army and closed.  In 1899, however, the US Public Health Service acquired the Fort as a tuberculosis hospital for the Merchant Marine.  Selected for its healthful climate, it served some 5,000 sailor patients between 1899 and 1953, 1,500 of whom are buried in the Maritime Cemetery on a hillside overlooking the Fort.  The patients lived in specially constructed tents, as fresh air and sunshine were the only known cures for tuberculosis.

During this time, many new buildings were constructed including a hospital, stables, new living quarters, and literally hundreds of tent-houses for the patients.  The hospital was fairly self-sufficient, establishing a large farm on the nearby grounds with patients serving in the fields, as well as recreational activities like a golf course for the doctors, baseball fields and a theatre for the resident workers.  The nearby cemetery grew to include veterans of other services as well as Merchant Marines, making it a place for current visitors to the site to engage in contemplative visitation.


CCC and Internment Camp

During the Great Depression, Fort Stanton was home to a CCC work camp, which later served as the internment site for German merchant seamen from the German luxury liner, S.S. Columbus, which was scuttled outside of New York to prevent its capture by the British.  The German internees built a camp that included such amenities as gardens for fresh produce, a recreation hall, and a swimming pool in which “mini-Olympic” competitions were held with the local population.  After war was declared with Germany and Japan, the Internment camp housed some German prisoners of war as well as a few Japanese internees.  It was used during early WWII for several months as


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a refuge for a group of Japanese-American families threatened by mobs in their hometowns.


1953 to 1997

In 1953, the Fort was given to the State of New Mexico and used first as a tubercular hospital and then, from the 1960’s until 1995, as the State Hospital for the Developmentally Handicapped.  For a short time it was a low security women’s prison and has housed several juvenile, drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs.  When the State moved to dispose of the property, Fort Stanton, Inc., a nonprofit corporation (501-c-3), was created in 1997 to save this national treasure and seek its adaptive reconstruction as a living history center.  It succeeded in mobilizing public opinion and convincing the State Legislature to preserve the Fort and appropriate the first funds for its renovation.  Fort Stanton Inc. also won sizeable grants to begin reconstruction of the historic buildings.  On August 9, 2007, Lieutenant Governor Diane Denish proclaimed the establishment of the Fort Stanton State Monument.


Bureau of Land Management Partnership

Fort Stanton has partnered with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which oversees thousands of acres surrounding Fort Stanton.  Visitors are invited to enjoy the nearly 100 miles of trails for biking, hiking and horseback riding with a camping area operated by BLM.  The BLM operates an extensive caving program, including studies of the Fort Stanton Cave and Snowy River, but the caves are not yet open to the public.










Top Dining Options open for Dinner in Ruidoso

Most restaurants are either on Mechem or Sudderth, two main streets in town that intersect south of MCM. MCM is off Mechem.

Open all the time

Inn of the Mountain Gods: several options to include steak and seafood, casual, and buffet.

Open Saturday only

Hall of Flame Burgers (11-6)

Michael J’s Italian Restaurant (5-8:30)

Sacred Grounds Coffee (6:30 am - 8 pm) Beautiful back patio overlooking river. Grill Caliente (5-9 pm) Recommend.

Open Saturday and Sunday 

Rio Grande Grill and Tap (Sat 11-9, Sun 11-10) Cafe Rio (11:30-8)

Steak Places

Cattle Baron (11:30-9)

Texas Club (Sat 5-9, Sun 5-8)

The Rancher’s Steak and Seafood (11-9) Lincoln County Grill (7-9)

They do have fast food in mostly Ruidoso Downs.









Ruidoso / Lincoln - Sunday, October 7

Day’s Director – Kathleen McCaughey  

Free Breakfast Buffet

8:30 am meet in hotel lobby for daily briefing


MCM Elegante to Lincoln, NM - 27 miles (36 min)

Start 9:00, Arrive 9:40, Stay 2 hours

Tour guide reservation, possible $5 museum fee

Lincoln, NM to Lunch at Tinnie Silver Dollar - 16 miles (20 min)

Phone: 575-653-4425                                                                                    Kathleen

Address: 28842 US Hwy 70, Tinnie, New Mexico 88351

Email us at:

Start 11:45, Arrive 12:05, Stay 2 hours

Lunch to Hubbard Museum of the American West, Smithsonian Affiliate, Ruidoso

Downs, NM - 35 miles (38 min)

Start 2:15, Arrive 3, Stay 60 minutes

Fee $6/$5 seniors

Alternate: skip museum and go shopping in downtown Ruidoso

Hubbard Museum to MGM Elegante - 7 miles (14 min) Start 4 pm, Arrive 4:15

Everyone on their own for dinner.

Ruidoso / Lincoln - Sunday, October 7


Land of Billy the Kid and the Lincoln County War Lincoln Historic Site Orientation DVD

Lincoln Historic Site is unique in that it manages most of the historical buildings in the community of Lincoln. This most widely visited state monument in New Mexico is part of a community frozen in time—the 1870's and 1880's. Through a gift from the Hubbard Family Trust, the historic site now includes 17 structures and outbuildings, 7 of which are open year round and 2 more seasonally as museums. Most of the buildings in the community are representative of the Territorial Style of adobe architecture in the American Southwest.

Lincoln is a town made famous by one of the most violent periods in New Mexico history. Today's visitors can see the Old Lincoln County Courthouse with museum exhibits that recount the details of the Lincoln County War and the historic use of the "House" as store, residence, Masonic Lodge, courthouse, and jail. Walk in the footsteps of Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett, and other famous and infamous characters of the Wild West. Trace the events of 1878 through the Courthouse and the Tunstall Store, with their preserved 19th-century atmosphere.

Remarkably, the Tunstall Store contains displays of the original 19th-century merchandise in the original shelving and cases! Continue your walk through history by visiting El Torreón (a defensive tower built by native New Mexican settlers in the 1850s), the San Juan Mission Church, the Convento, Dr. Woods' House, the Montaño store and other historic structures throughout the town. The Anderson-Freeman Visitor's Center & Museum features historical exhibits in a timeline starting with American Indian prehistory and ending with the Lincoln County War. A 22 minute video about the Lincoln County War and the community is shown every half hour.

The importance of this community and the significance of the Bonito Valley in the prehistory and history of the Territory of New Mexico are interpreted within some of the 17 structures that comprise Lincoln Historic Site. These historic adobe and stone buildings are preserved as they were in the late 1800s and represent the factions involved in the Lincoln County War, 1878-1881.

Tinnie Silver Dollar

We all know the history of Billy the Kid, the Regulators and the Lincoln County war, but did you know that Analla General Store and Post office had a part in it all?  William Wilson was a ranch hand hired at the Casey Ranch. The story goes that William Wilson was hired by Lawrence Murphy (head of the Murphy/Dolan gang) to murder Robert Casey as the two had opposing political views. Murphy had promised Wilson that he would help

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him escape the death that was sure to come if he killed Casey as Murphy had his hands in the local law. As promised William Wilson murdered Robert Casey. Robert Casey was much admired by the other residents of the valley, so they hunted down his killer to bring him to trial. Knowing that Murphy and his Sheriff could not be trusted, the valley folk ask for a Territory Marshall to come hear the case.  Wilson was found guilty of Casey’s murder and was sentenced to hang.

As Wilson was on the scaffolding with the noose around his neck, he started to confess.  Murphy was able to stand on the scaffolding next to Wilson because he was one of the prominent figures within the community. When Murphy heard what Wilson was saying he kicked him through the trap door. Wilson hung for 9 and a half minutes before Murphy’s men cut him down. Wilson’s body was placed in his box and thought to be dead, when he drew in a breath. Murphy declared that Wilson was hung as sentenced and should be set free! The people of the valley argued that he needed to pay for his crimes and should be hanged until dead! William Wilson was hanged for just over 20 minutes a second time, at this point he was now dead. Wilson was the first and second person to be legally hanged in New Mexico Territory.

Local stories say that there were hangings here at Analla. These outlaws and murders are said to be buried on the property down by the river at the tree line in a small cemetery. There unmarked graves are still present as well as the grave of William Wilson and a young boy belonging to the Analla family. The "hanging tree" still remains, but the branch that was used has been cut off.

Stories also say that Analla was used as a hiding ground for the likes of Billy the Kid as well as the other Regulators during the Lincoln County Wars. They would hide out in the firewood shed in the back of the property. Bodies were also housed here from time to time in the morgue down in our basement until they could move them to their proper resting place. Many spirits are said to roam both the building and grounds.There are even stairs that lead to nowhere where the morgue was which many people believe help to “confuse” the spirits.

In 1909 the patriarch of the Analla family had passed and many of the Analla family had moved to Texas.

The Raymond family purchased the general store and post office and the name was changed to Tinnie after their daughter. The community loved the Raymond family and petitioned to have the town renamed to Tinnie. Robert O’ Anderson bought Tinnie in 1959 where he added more to the building such as the bell tower, steakhouse and Saloon. Anderson commissioned renowned New Mexico artist and designer, John Meigs to restore the building and oversee the artwork. Many of the artwork came from San Francisco however the carved hardwood bar and back bar which houses a "Haunted Mirror" from the Harvey House came from old Chicago. Many people have said that they

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have been standing at the bar, looked up into the center mirror and have seen someone standing right behind them. When they turned around, no one was there.

There have been other reports of loud banging as if someone has been trying to bust down a door in the basement; always around the 11:30 pm hour. Others have claimed that they have had the feeling of someone grabbing their hand on the side porch. Tinnie houses many antiques and paintings, as well as original artwork from the late Peter Hurd and his youngest son Michael.

Hubbard Museum of the American West, Smithsonian Affiliate

The Hubbard Museum of the American West combines a famous art collection, modes of assorted forms of transportation down through the ages, plus Native American antiquities. Two other cultures – Hispanic and Pioneer – are also predominantly included. Just one visit to this must-see museum will give all – children and adults alike – a rounded and compelling education of the past.

Return to Hotel. Everyone on own for dinner. (Suggestions available.)

MCM Elegante Lodge & Resort











Ruidoso to White Sands National Monument - Monday, October 8, Columbus Day

7:30 Meet at the hotel lobby for the daily meeting.  Day’s Director David McLain

MCM Elegante Ruidoso to McGinn’s Pistachio Grove - 46 miles

Depart  8 am, Arrive 9 am, Stay 1 hour

Browse gift shop and ride motorized tour, if desired.

McGinn’s to NM Museum of Space History (9 miles) Depart 10 am, Arrive 10:20 am.                                                                     

Arrive museum to browse at your leisure, depart for lunch, and other activities, as desired.                                                                                 


NM Museum of Space History to check in at Marriott Fairfield Inn (6 miles)

Marriott Fairfield Inn to White Sands National Monument (15 miles)

Depart 3 pm, Arrive 3:20 visitor center and gift shop. Depart  4 pm for National Monument. Walking sunset tour at 5:30, if interested.






Monday, 8 October, Columbus Day

Much like the discovery of the New World by Christopher Columbus, we will set out on discovery of new adventures of tree nuts, space history, and the intriguing white sands of southern New Mexico.  This leg of the tour departs from Ruidoso with the first stop at the McGinn’s Pistachio Land.  Extra caution on this leg must be observed as wildlife (deer and elk) is often seen crossing the road ways.  After a brief visit at the pistachio grove, we will continue on to the New Mexico Museum of Space History.  Once at the museum, you are on your own time to browse the space history, or if you care to venture on to other activities in the local area.  This will also be an opportunity for you to enjoy lunch on your own at a place of your choosing (a brief list of local area restaurants is included).  Next, you can make your way to the Marriott Fairfield Inn and Suites to check in, freshen up and regroup.  We will meet back up in the lounge at the Marriott to caravan to the White Sands National Monument.  This will conclude the scheduled activities, with dinner on your own and socializing during the evening at the Marriott. 

McGinn’s Pistachio Grove:  There is an optional motorized farm tour that departs every hour and lasts for about 15 minutes.  This offers a firsthand look at how the trees are grown and harvested. They have a great little gift shop, complete with free samples of various products.  There is also a winery and an ice cream parlor in case anyone wants to try early morning refreshments.  No, I am not advocating for drivers to sample the wine!

New Mexico Museum of Space History:  The mission of the museum is to educate the people of New Mexico and our visitors from around the world in the history, science, and technology of space. The museum stresses the significant role that the state of New Mexico has played in the development of the U.S. Space Program through collecting, preserving, and interpreting significant artifacts relevant to the history of space.  The museum includes the International Space Hall of Fame, John P. Stapp Air and Space Park, Daisy Track, New Horizons Dome Theater and Planetarium, Astronaut Memorial Garden and the Hubbard Space Science Research Building. Museum fees are $8 for adults, or $7 for seniors.  Additionally, there are other activities in the museum which include a film for $7 and planetarium for $5.  They also offer various combo packages at

Monday, 8 October, Columbus Day

discounts; for example, the combo for all three is $16 for adult, or $13 for seniors.

White Sands National Monument:  Great wave-like dunes of gypsum sand have engulfed 275 square miles of desert, creating the world's largest gypsum dune field. White Sands National Monument preserves a major portion of this unique dune field, along with the plants and animals that live here.  The further you drive into the site, the greater the dunes become, transitioning from the desert vegetation to the pure white flowing sand.  There is a sunset stroll that you can enjoy on your own that begins at 5:30 and lasts for about an hour.  This is a great way to end your day by enjoying a leisurely one-hour ranger-guided walk through sand dunes to learn about the geology, plants, and animals of this unique area.

There is a visitor’s center and gift shop outside of the park entrance, so if you choose not to enter the park, you can browse at your leisure.  Fees do apply to get into the National Monument.  Normal adult fee is $5 per person.  Holders of the Interagency Annual Pass, Interagency Senior Pass, Interagency Access Pass, Interagency Volunteer Pass, and White Sands Annual Pass will be admitted free along with three other adults in a private non-commercial vehicle.

Things to consider:  hat, sunglasses, water, sunscreen, lite jacket, cell phone.




Alamogordo to Roswell - Tuesday, October 9

Tour Leader – Jay Hertz

7:30 am   Meet at the hotel registration area for daily meeting. Gas up prior to meeting.

Depart motel by 8:00 am.

Fairfield Inn & Suites, Alamogordo to Chavez County Courthouse, Roswell - 120 miles

(2 hrs, 13 min.)                                                                       Jay & Helen

Depart 8 am, Arrive 10:13.                                                                

Travel north on State Road 54 (White Sands Boulevard) to Tularosa, about 13 miles. Travel east on State Road 70 from Tularosa to Roswell through the Mescalero Apache Reservation, about 104 miles. The first 24 of these miles are uphill, reaching elevation 7591 feet. Gather in parking lot west of Chavez County Courthouse in Roswell (on Main Street) for official welcome, and view bronze statue of John Chisolm, founder of Chisolm Trail. Lunch ten blocks north on Main Street at Cattle Baron, 1113 N. Main.

Alamogordo to Roswell - Tuesday, October 9

Afternoon spent viewing your selection of Roswell’s museums.                            Check into Comfort Suites, 3610 N. Main Street, any time after 3:00 pm.

6:30 pm - Dinner at Peppers Grill and Bar meeting room, 500 N. Main Street.

Consider the following Roswell museums. See brochures in your package.

UFO Museum and Research Center (114 N. Main Street)
     Whether you are a believer or a skeptic, the International UFO Museum and Research Center has a wealth of information, memorabilia, art and research materials on UFO sightings and all things “alien.”  Likely the largest such collection in the world, people flock from all corners of the world to see and experience it. A particular focus is on the 1947 UFO incident near Roswell. But the museum covers much, much more. Adult admission is $5; $3 for seniors.

Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art (409 E. College Blvd)
     This is a particular favorite of mine. This collection represents the best artistic output of dozens of contemporary artists who have been juried and selected to participate in one of the premier artists-in-residence programs in the U.S. The expansive gallery is over 22,000 square feet and houses truly amazing creative works. Do not confuse “contemporary“ art (meaning works by contemporary artists) with “modern“ art. This collection is diverse and sure to please all viewers. Admission is free.

Roswell Museum and Art Center (North Main Street and 11th Street)
     This museum was opened in 1937 as a Federal Art Center under President Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration. While it houses works predating the Great Depression, it also displays modern works of fine art and works by renowned New Mexico Modernists such as Peter Hurd and Henriette Wyeth, regional art, and rare historic collections. It has grown to a 50,000 square feet facility including twelve galleries with distinct focuses. Among them is a gallery devoted to the work of Robert Goddard, pioneer in liquid propelled rocketry, and a collection of American West art and artifacts. Admission is free.

Walker Aviation Museum (1 Jerry Smith Circle)
     Walker Air Force Base was once the largest Air Force Strategic Air Command base in the U.S.  It was home to the 509th Bombardment Group, which carried out strategic nuclear bomb missions during World War II.  It also housed the 6th Bombardment Wing during the Cold War. The museum is under construction and the collection is temporarily housed in the Roswell International Air Center Terminal.  Due to this, we recommend that you contact the museum at 505 347-2464 before deciding whether to tour the collection.

Alamogordo to Roswell - Tuesday, October 9

Douglas McBride Museum on the Campus of New Mexico Military Institute (101 W. College Blvd – at the corner of N. Main Street)
     This museum, which is open to the public free of charge, offers viewers a glimpse into American military history. It includes exhibits on military life in the Southwest during the Indian Wars, with a particular focus on the U.S. Cavalry. Guided tours are available by contacting the museum office at 1-800-421-5376.

Historical Society for Southwest New Mexico Museum (200 N. Lea)
     This museum is located in a historic house built in 1912, the year New Mexico was admitted to statehood. The house and contents offer a view of the gracious lifestyle of the Victorian era in the West. The collections are primarily antiques ranging from fashions, toys, military life artifacts, to cultural items. Also included in an adjacent building are over 14,000 rare photos, thousands of historical books, newspapers, maps, and even audio tapes. Note: the archives in the adjacent building are available only by prior appointment at 575-622-1176.














Roswell to Carlsbad Caverns - Wednesday, October 10

7:30 Meet at hotel registration for daily meeting. Gas up prior to meeting.  Day’s director is George Abernathy.

Roswell to Carlsbad Caverns National Park - 99 miles Depart 8:00, Arrive 10:00, Stay 4 hours Bring Park Pass. Lunch on your own at Caverns.

Carlsbad Caverns to Living Desert State Park, Carlsbad - 24 miles

Depart 2 pm, Arrive 2:30, Stay 1 hour

Living Desert State Park to Stevens Inn – 6  miles Depart 3:30, Arrive 3:40 Check into hotel.

6 pm Banquet at the Stevens Inn.                                                       George & Jackie

After dinner for those that want, the River Walk is recommended.      










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          Just right

Other comments


Was the introductory National Tour announcement sufficient to get you interested?  If not, what should be done differently?


Was the mail-back information provided in response to your inquiry sufficient?


Was the actual registration process clear and easy?


Was the tour package provided on-site useful and helpful?  Are there additional elements that should be provided?




          Were the planned activities too much, too little or about right.


Driving your club eligible vehicle is the prime focus for a National Tour.  What is your reaction to the planned and actual driving experience?

          Route selection

          Scenic value

          Comfortable driving experience

          Length of driving time per day

          Planned miles per day

          Stops made


Overall, what is the reaction to the touring experience?



Was the trip interesting and enjoyable?



General comments for the good of the order:



Again, thanks for providing your comments.  Please return questionnaire to:

          Beth Jackson

          8322 Calle Picaflor NW

          Albuquerque, NM 87120