The Southwest is a popular travel destination for everyone from retired adults, artists and nature lovers to spiritual health followers and UFO enthusiasts. Whether you fit under any of these categories or not, the Southwest is a beautiful place to visit, and there’s much more to do than enjoying the heat and the desert landscapes.

If you find yourself heading Southwest to seek warmer weather, escaping the light pollution of your urban setting, or just want a change of scenery, going on a few UFO tours can open you mind to a part of the Southwest some people rarely mention.

UFOS In The Desert?

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When many of us think about the desert, we might think giant cactus, canyons, scorpions, and amazing sunsets. Unless you’re an avid follower of unexplained activities, you might not put UFOs and deserts in the same category.

While areas of the Southwest are popular for unexplained flying object (UFO) activity, UFOs have been a part of history for thousands of years (so say stemming back to ancient times), and nearly every year unexplained sightings are reported throughout the U.S. and the globe.

According to archived material from the FBI, UFO sightings popped up all over America in 1947. The U.S. Air Force was in charge of investigating the sightings, but the FBI had some role in with the investigations, primarily between 1947 and 1954.

Today, the hotspots for UFO tours is in Sedona, Arizona and Roswell, New Mexico. We will tell a little bit about these tours and what you can expect.

Planning Your Trip

While many people don’t have time to take road trips these days, driving to the Southwest is an ideal way to see the landscape and enjoy some famous and unique landmarks along the way.

What To Pack If You’re Driving

Don’t know what to pack? It depends on the time of year and how long you’re staying. Pack lightweight, breathable, and comfortable clothing. Comfortable shoes with good tread and support are always good to bring along, and you might want to bring a light jacket since nighttime temps can get cool, depending on where you are in the Southwest.

When you’re packing, avoid overpacking. It can be hard to know what to wear, especially if you don’t have an itinerary set in stone but pack light and practical. You can always find a laundromat if you run out of clean clothes before you head home.

Focus on packing the essentials, like chargers for your devices or road emergency kit, and don’t forget to leave a little room for souvenirs along the way. Don’t forget to pack drinking water, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Even if you want to get a good dose of nature’s Vitamin D, you can overdo it fast; always wear sunscreen.

Lodging

Depending on your travel plans and what time of year you’re traveling, you may want to have a general idea of where to stay. There are plenty of motels, hotels, and other lodging options along the way (you can even camp) but keep in mind that National Parks and other accommodations may fill up fast; be prepared to drive a bit out of the way.

Bring An Open Mind

People either believe that UFOs exist, or they don’t; there is rarely anyone on the fence about their opinion. Even if you don’t believe in UFOs and are planning on going on some UFO tours, keep an open mind and be respectful.

Many of the people that are on the same tour are firm believers, as are the tour guides. Look at the trip as an opportunity to learn something new, and you never know, you may even change your mind. Don’t go on the tours to mock the beliefs of others or argue with the tour guides; they are more than happy to answer questions but be thoughtful and polite.

Before You Get To Sedona Or Roswell

If you want to get a little taste of the UFO culture and warm up to what you might expect when visiting Sedona or Roswell, consider stopping in Center, Colorado (located in south central Colorado and about five hours away from Roswell) at UFO Watchtower. According to the official site, you can camp out for $10, and there are B & B accommodations nearby for under $100.

What is UFO Watchtower? The name says it all more or less. For a small admission, you can visit a platform and watch for UFOs.

While you’re there, you can talk to other UFO enthusiasts and maybe get an inside scoop on what you can expect or things you should definitely see while on your UFO tours. Talking with other people is an excellent resource in addition to the UFO tours reviews that you read.

Why Roswell and Sedona?

You might be wondering why Roswell and Sedona are some of the most recommended places to take a UFO tour. While there are UFO tours located all over the United States and in various areas across the globe, Roswell and Sedona are great places to start your journey of discovering the unexplained.

Not only are the tours guided by UFO enthusiasts and experts, but the tours are relatively inexpensive considering the amount of time you spend exploring and the information you learn.

Roswell, New Mexico

Roswell, New Mexico

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You’ve probably heard about Roswell on The X-Files, but maybe that’s the extent of your knowledge. What happened in Roswell to make it the Mecca for believers of UFOs?

In July of 1947, a rancher found “mysterious” debris (plastic and metal rods) in his pasture. The Air Force investigated and retrieved the material; the newspapers declared that a “flying saucer” had crashed into the pasture.

While there is no evidence that a UFO was ever seen that evening, the sighting in Roswell remains one of the most debated UFO areas in the world; there are also numerous conspiracy theories about Roswell.

When many people go to Roswell they often just spend a little bit of time at the Roswell UFO Museum. While going to the UFO museum is definitely a “must see” when visiting Roswell, you won’t really get the full experience (or the whole story).

While you can explore Roswell on your own, you might have a better time if you take one of the Roswell UFO tours. One of the most popular UFO tours is led by a local UFO researcher, Dennis Balthaser. If you read any number of reviews online about Balthasar’s tours, he gets lots of accolades.

The Roswell tour consists of a two-hour guided tour through the city of Roswell and the former Roswell Army Air Field. Currently, up to four people may go on the tour at one time, and the cost of the tour (regardless of the number of people) is $100. Reservations are required at least 48 hours in advance. Keep in mind that all information about this tour could change without notice.

Sedona, Arizona

Sedona is located about eight hours from Roswell and is another favorite spot for a UFO tour. When you visit, you will notice that there are quite a few Sedona UFO tours to choose from as exploring “the unexplained” is more or less encouraged.

One of the most popular UFO tours in Sedona is from Sedona UFO and Vortex Tours. While the tour company specializes in a variety of tours, which include getting connected to your spirit guides, many UFO enthusiasts recommend the UFO tour.

Described as the “biggest UFO Tour Operator in the U.S.,” tour-goers have a chance to use military-grade goggles to get a better view of the night sky. The Sedona UFO and Vortex Tours company “guarantee” sightings.

The best way to learn about what you can expect from your UFO tour is to read online reviews and even chat with some of the locals in Sedona. Whether you actually see a UFO or not, you’re sure to see stars that no one else will ever have the opportunity to see.

Catalina Island, California

If you keep heading West and have a little extra time to travel (and money to spend), you may want to check out the UFO tour on Catalina Island in California. For about $20, you can take an hour-long guided walking tour along the shores of Catalina Island by a UFO expert.

This UFO tour may be the perfect end to your UFO road trip, or you can put it on your travel bucket list for next year.

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