“Site of the Famous 1947 UFO Crash and subsequent debris field”
While there are three different crash sites popularized in the famed 1947 Roswell UFO event, this plot of land on the outskirts of Corona is said to have been the final resting place of the alien ship. The "official" private entrance to the dirt road leading the crash site is often closed, but there is an alternate route through public land. For this particular path, a 4X4 vehicle is recommended, as you don't want to end up breaking down in the middle of the desert without cell phone service. Around a mile down this rough, dirt path, a rusted out truck and a shed can be seen, meaning you're now sitting in the debris field left by the craft's landing. Two large red monoliths point toward the landing path of the aircraft, and a short walk (watch for rattlesnakes!) will lead you to a stone marker placed at location the alien spacecraft allegedly came to rest. The inscription reads: WE DON’T KNOW WHO THEY WERE WE DON’T KNOW WHY THEY CAME WE ONLY KNOW THEY CHANGED OUR VIEW OF THE UNIVERSE THIS UNIVERSAL SACRED SITE IS DEDICATED JULY 1997 TO THE BEINGS WHO MET THEIR DESTINIES NEAR ROSWELL NEW MEXICO JULY 1947
We braved the drive, not quite sure knowing if we'd get to the "crash site". It is quite definitely a desolate road that seems infinite through which you have absolutely no cell reception. It is a scenic drive, with beautiful distracting views, but there are a few things to keep in mind.
As with any driving of back roads and adventuring, make sure to prepare before venturing out.
- Go out with a full tank of gas, and make sure to have a spare gas can, just in case.
- not an excursion to be taken alone
- A drive to be taken during the day (drove out closer to sunset and it is not advisable)
- Keep an eye out for wildlife, especially jack rabbits as they run out and speed across the road.
*** The site description recommends to have a 4x4 or any vehicle that can trek safely through harsh dirt roads. This becomes true once you finally reach the a white sign that read "Corona…." Although I had no cell service my GPS was able to lead me to this point, after the dirt road began, through which the GPS indicated it was about a few more miles out to the site. We braved it out in my Hyundai Accent, but only up the sign since the roads seemed too harsh.
Unless you are traveling in an appropriate vehicle for this "mission", perhaps this is one site you might consider skipping.
(Hopefully someone will make it out there soon…I'd love to know if its really out there!)
Accuracy of Destination: 2
Scenic Drive: 3
Heard from my connections that the road sign which used to point towards the crash site is no more... this means if you want to check out the site you are going to need a GPS or compass or some kind of alien spidey sense.
It's on private land, couldn't access
I went out there by myself in May 2017. I arranged permission to enter the ranch via Don Schmitt, founder of the Roswell UFO Museum; although there are no “No Trespassing” signs on the gate. It takes about 1.5hrs to drive out there from Roswell, the roads are great, even the dirt ones with the exception of the last mile. You don’t necessarily need a 4x4, just something that will have good ground clearance, I had a 2x4 Nissan Frontier, the large wheels made it easy to get over the rocks on the last mile of the trail; you can always walk it.
There is cell reception in certain areas of the site, I even did a live FB video; it is very spotty though. I noted the areas of cell reception just in case I needed to make a call. I would also recommend some kind of GPS tracker like a Spot, that way you can have a programmed message if you get in trouble or just to check in with someone to tell then you’re ok.
It is an incredibly desolate quiet place despite a few cows and farm buildings you’ll see in the distance. I spent about 3 hrs walking the site and collected some soil to take home. It was very windy.
Have fun exploring.
Can someone tell me the alternate route through public land, please?
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Roswell UFO Crash Site
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