If you are visiting Roswell, New Mexico and have overdosed on UFO’s and Aliens, there are still plenty of things to see. One wonderful activity especially nice if you have children is a small but impressive zoo called Spring River Park and Zoo.
No, this is not your large zoo that many of us cannot handle walking in hot weather but, big enough to delight all ages if you’re not too jaded. There is a beautiful park section, perfect for a picnic and it also features a small fishing area for the kids. (Licenses and regulations apply.)
You will find less animals of the exotic type but, a variety of smaller animals in addition to a petting zoo. They do however, have a pair of sister black bears and some bobcats. There are some wonderful buffalo. We did not go into the reptile and insect building since that is not our ‘cup of tea’ but, I am sure many of you would enjoy it. Some animals were inside out of the heat so we missed them, but I’m thinking if the day is cooler or possibly at a different time, they would be out.
Since we are ‘bird people’, we were delighted to see Bald Eagles, Hawks, Falcons and Owls. Beautiful peacocks greet you as you enter and wander free across the whole zoo. Being a lover of goats, I discovered a goat breed I was not familiar with, it is called a Boer goat. It is really large and quite different looking.
We felt a lot of the zoo was nicely shaded and benches were everywhere for your convenience. We believed the displays were nice though still behind bars. The zoo and park were clean and we felt the animals looked healthy and well cared for here.
Although the park boasts an older, classic carousel for whatever reason it was closed the day we visited. Maybe the end of season had something to do with it. They also have a small train. The train and carousel only cost 50 cents a ride. With the zoo itself being free, this may be one of your best traveling bargains.
Here are some photos from our visit. All photos are by Dan Wentzel