Day trips

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American Museum of Agriculture, Lubbock — The museum strives to tell the story of American agriculture. Info: (806) 239-5796
American Wind Power Center, Lubbock — 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 — A collection of paintings donated by Marjorie Merriwether Post. Info: (806) 894-9611
Billy the Kid Museum, Fort Sumner — One of the largest collections of the West’s most feared outlaws, Billy the Kid. Info: 562-2202
Blackwater Draw Museum, Portales — A museum displaying artifacts and history of the area up to 13,000 years ago. Info: 562-2202
Bosque Redondo Memorial, Fort Sumner — Honors the memory of the Navajos and Mescalero Apaches who were forced to endure the “Long Walk” in the 1800s.
Brantley Lake State Park, between Artesia and Carlsbad — State park including a 2,500-acre fishing lake. Info: 457-2384
Buddy Holly Center, Lubbock — A center to celebrate and learn about the legendary rock and roll singer, Buddy Holly. Info: (806) 767-2686
Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo — 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 — The world’s largest collection of bronze dinosaur skeletons. Info: 461-3466
Clovis Depot and Model Train Museum, Clovis — Model trains and the history of railroad. Info: 762-0066
Don Harrington Discovery Center and Space Theater, Amarillo — A hands-on science discovery center including a space theater. Info: (800) 784-9548
Muleshoe Heritage Center — 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 — A highly interactive museum dedicated to the education of science. Info: (806) 745-2525
Panhandle Plains Historical Museum, Canyon — More than 3 million artifacts from a variety of current and long-withstanding exhibits. Info: (806) 651-2244
Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell — A collection of fine art, history and space science technology. Info: 624-6744
Roosevelt County Museum, Portales — A variety of exhibits including antique products, wartime weapons, and a rare 47-star American flag. Info: 562-2592
Sand Dunes of Monahans, Texas — 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 — One of the best-kept secret ghost towns in New Mexico with plenty of beautiful scenery. Info: www.whiteoaksnewmexico.com
New Mexico Museum of Space History, Alamagordo — including an IMAX theater, and located in the White Sands National Park. Info: 437-2840
Land of Fire and Ice, Grants — 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 — 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 — A taste of what life was like in New Mexico before it was even a state. Info: 392-1275.