The Roswell Missle Silos


“Can I fit in that hole?”
Hwy 285 Silo, Roswell, New Mexico
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Many memories of Roswell, New Mexico‘s abandoned missile silos swarmed through my head as I recently explored them on a recent visit to Roswell. In the 80’s we used to throw big high school parties in them, partying in what we thought was once the control room, but appears by online research to have been the living quarters of the soldiers who were on call ready to push buttons. There are 12 silos, now abandoned, that surround the town of Roswell, New Mexico. Hidden from public view, all one can see from the highway, in the middle of nowhere, is a small, blending into the environment, grey concrete rectal-triangular block, that encases a stairwell that enters into a 3-7 level complex of circular rooms and chambers, leading to a circular tunnel that goes to the giant silo tube where the missiles would be launched. Above ground are pits where the fuel storage tanks once were located, such as liquid nitrogen and oxygen. Large missile silo doors rest flat against the ground. The entire structure is built to survive missile attacks upon them. Each missile was stored on alert with RP-1 on board, and was fueled with liquid oxygen prior to launch countdown just as the missile was raised on the elevator. The small hatch-hole (missing hatch) in the pictures below was a guidance antennae to help navigate the missile in flight. The hatch would pop open prior to launch and would raise the antennae. The large doors on the ground surface, shown in the pictures below, would raise open prior to launch as well. As you proceed down the top stairs, and turn two corners, there is a massive air-tight sealed ‘blast door’. Most of the abandoned silos have these welded shut so no one can venture further below. Previous visitors have apparently weld-cut a hole in them to crawl through. Through more hall walls and a set of stairs, you can enter through another blast door, and then down into the living area (that I thought was where the control room was located), following down the stairwell another few levels, are more circular rooms, some used for control rooms, others kitchens and work areas, in the ceiling are emergency escape hatches through a vertical tunnel filled with sand, once opened the sand would fall to the ground, and the ladder would tumble down. The tunnel at the bottom of the stairs, a hard hat area then and especially now, leads to a sealed room and to the actual silo itself. Each entrance is capped with a blast door. The silos range in depth from several stories deep to over a dozen stories deep. The bottom of the silo is filled with water. There is a launch tunnel deck with spiral and vertical ladders that go to the bottom of the silo. This particular silo is located approximate 3/4 miles north of the Alien Crash Site, around mile marker 133. Apparently the 12 silos surrounding Roswell were constructed between 1960 and 1964 because of threatened relations between the U.S. and the USSR. Most Americans were frightened by nuclear attack, as was the US government. These silos were built for defense of the local air force base. As the US attempted to build a network of launch sites for missiles capable of rocketing nuclear explosives to the enemy, and these silos were used to launch the Atlas F missiles. By 1965 they were DE-commissioned, considered obsolete, dismantled, and abandoned. Apparently Abilene, Texas; Oplin, Texas; Bradshaw, Texas; was also surrounded by similar silos. Browsing around the web, I’ve found some great silo stories and Information pages about them. One of the silos is located a few miles down the road from the UFO Crash Site. Last visit on June 26, 2018 – me and my son visited the one off Highway 287 was open and able to be explored.


Missle Silo Doors – Roswell, New Mexico
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road to silo
Roswell, New Mexico
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Silo door
Roswell, New Mexico
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Silo stairs – Roswell, New Mexico
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Silo above ground – Roswell, New Mexico
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Living quarters in the silo
Roswell, New Mexico
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hall/stairs to living quarters – Roswell, New Mexico
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massive door in silo
Roswell, New Mexico
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Missle Silo Doors – Roswell, New Mexico
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Silo door
Roswell, New Mexico
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doorway – Roswell, New Mexico
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Exterior portal
Roswell, New Mexico
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the silo – Roswell, New Mexico
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Stairwell in silo
Roswell, New Mexico
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stairwell – Roswell, New Mexico
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Silo escape tube
Roswell, New Mexico
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David on silo stairs – Roswell, New Mexico
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Gears for the door
Roswell, New Mexico
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silo door to level 1 – Roswell, New Mexico
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Silo door seal
Roswell, New Mexico
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above ground at silo – Roswell, New Mexico
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Mile post 133
Roswell, New Mexico
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Turn off to Crash site – Roswell, New Mexico
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Me at the crash site
Roswell, New Mexico
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water tanks – Roswell, New Mexico
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silo
Roswell, New Mexico
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silo door – Roswell, New Mexico
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Sand release in silo
Roswell, New Mexico
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main room – Roswell, New Mexico
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hallway/stairwell – silo
Roswell, New Mexico
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hard hat area enroute to silo dropoff – Roswell, New Mexico
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tunnel
Roswell, New Mexico
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shattered living area – Roswell, New Mexico
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stairwell silo
Roswell, New Mexico
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holes between levels – Roswell, New Mexico
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Missile Silos (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=846) outside of Roswell, New Mexico: (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=4997). Walking down memory lane – roadtrip in Eastern New Mexico. Rebirth of the Bard/Ovate: Chronicle 27 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken June 27, 2018. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=39039. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2018. Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography. More info about Colorado Springs: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=31051
Missile Silos (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=846) outside of Roswell, New Mexico: (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=4997). Walking down memory lane – roadtrip in Eastern New Mexico. Rebirth of the Bard/Ovate: Chronicle 27 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken June 27, 2018. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=39039. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2018. Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography. More info about Colorado Springs: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=31051
Missile Silos (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=846) outside of Roswell, New Mexico: (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=4997). Walking down memory lane – roadtrip in Eastern New Mexico. Rebirth of the Bard/Ovate: Chronicle 27 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken June 27, 2018. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=39039. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2018. Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography. More info about Colorado Springs: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=31051
Missile Silos (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=846) outside of Roswell, New Mexico: (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=4997). Walking down memory lane – roadtrip in Eastern New Mexico. Rebirth of the Bard/Ovate: Chronicle 27 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken June 27, 2018. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=39039. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2018. Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography. More info about Colorado Springs: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=31051
Missile Silos (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=846) outside of Roswell, New Mexico: (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=4997). Walking down memory lane – roadtrip in Eastern New Mexico. Rebirth of the Bard/Ovate: Chronicle 27 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken June 27, 2018. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=39039. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2018. Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography. More info about Colorado Springs: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=31051

Missile Silos (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=846) outside of Roswell, New Mexico: (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=4997). Walking down memory lane – roadtrip in Eastern New Mexico. Rebirth of the Bard/Ovate: Chronicle 27 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken June 27, 2018. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=39039. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2018. Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography. More info about Colorado Springs: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=31051

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2 thoughts on “The Roswell Missle Silos”

  1. This is really neat! We are in the area now, about an hour away, can we still visit this silo? We have been to all the ones around Roswell and they are locked behind gates :/. We want to visit one but we don’t want to drive so far if we can’t.

    1. worth a visit but i am unaware of the legality of entering. i used to play in them as kids and there are rarely ever no trespassing signs. there is a car gate to prevent vehicles driving up to them, but easy to step over. the government no longer owns them, and many of them are listings with realtors, but some have been converted to houses. its a at your own risk affair.

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