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Hobbs (population 43,000) is the metropolitan center of Lea County and remains the focal point for the arts and education for southeastern New Mexico. Both of Lea County’s schools of higher education are based in Hobbs. New Mexico Junior College is a modern, two-year academic and vocational college offering associate’s degrees, including nursing and energy technology. The University of the Southwest is a four-year college focusing on liberal arts, with both bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees offered. The college now also offers master’s degrees in selected categories.

Hobbs is home to the Lea County Event Center, which is the second-largest conference and convention center in the state of New Mexico. The center is a modern facility that can host large meetings and conferences, as well as indoor rodeos, tractor pulls, indoor soccer and monster truck events. This multi-purpose facility can seat 4,800 people theater-style in the main auditorium.

Llano Estacada Art Association

Hobbs is the headquarters for the Llano Estacada Art Association, a member of the Lea County Commission for the Arts. These two organizations display many forms of art, painting and sculpture in the Commission’s Art Gallery, which is open to the public. The Southwest Symphony and the Hobbs Community Playhouse are but two of the many cultural activities that attract people from throughout the region.

The area’s rich ranching history is captured in three exciting museums: the Western Heritage Museum and Cowboy Hall of Fame on the campus of New Mexico Junior College, the Thelma A. Webber Southwest Heritage Room on the University of the Southwest campus and the Lea County Museum in Lovington. The museums all focus on life and times on the Llano Estacado Plains.

For sports enthusiasts, Hobbs features one of the most popular and affordable public golf courses in a 200-mile radius. The challenging 18-hole Ocotillo Golf Course welcomes everyone from duffers to pros to play. On the golf course property is one of the best shaded walking and jogging trails in the state. Other sporting amenities in Hobbs include numerous public parks, several health clubs, baseball/softball fields, a paintball combat park, shooting and archery ranges, swimming pools and water parks, lighted tennis courts, a full-service private country club with an Olympic-size pool and an 18-hole championship-design golf course. In addition, the Martin Luther King Soccerplex includes eight soccer fields and a walking trail. The Memorial Baseball field is fully lighted for 24-hour tournaments, as well as pick-up baseball and softball games. For campers, Hobbs offers several excellent facilities with full RV hookups and flat pull-through pads.


The quality of life and the development of amenities that bring good schools, successful businesses and recreational opportunities are on the forefront of the city’s agenda. The retail business community is made up of large, national brand department stores and unique hometown shops. Make plans to stroll and experience the many shops found in Hobbs. Hobbs shopping is like no other. Enjoy small-town charm splashed with big-town selection, warm smiles and true southwestern hospitality.

Major local employers, like Lea Regional Medical Center and URENCO USA, attract bright minds and hard workers to the area. Both of these employers have very different skill sets of employee needs and fit well into the community. They are emblematic of the opportunity that exists in Lea County for existing businesses to grow and new industries to relocate and thrive. Several industrial parks and building sites are available for everyone from the small manufacturer to heavy industry. Whatever your business goals, Hobbs has a building site to meet your needs.

With many of the international and private oil and natural gas producers having property in Lea County, many also have staff who take care of the investments and research opportunities to explore new production sites.

For those businesses needing easy transportation access, Hobbs is serviced by United Airlines, with daily flights to and from Houston. In addition to our Lea County Regional Airport, the city of Hobbs is located only 90 minutes from either the Midland-Odessa Airport or the Lubbock Airport, with daily flights to and from your favorite destinations. Welcome from the Hobbs Chamber of Commerce

Welcome from the Hobbs Chamber of Commerce

Welcome to Hobbs! If this is your first look at our community, we can almost guarantee it will not be your last. Those of you who have visited our state know of its mystic enchantment and its rich heritage and diverse cultures.

Hobbs sits only four miles from the Texas border. Our community economy is based on natural gas and oil, and for many years has been the cornerstone of New Mexico’s extracted energy successes.

Although natural gas and oil still drive some of our economic development, our newest industry is tourism, with the opening of a new casino and horse racing track. More than 2.7 million people have visited our community to enjoy the many unique and independently owned shops and services.

From well-known named restaurants to our brand of locally owned and operated kitchens and eating establishments, Hobbs is truly a dining delight—and with a mouth-watering menu. We are known for our “Tex-Mex” foods, but you will also find traditional Mexican food restaurants with that south-of-the-border flair and fire.

Speaking of flares, at night our skies are lit up with the flares from the oil field, and sometimes, the light is so bright that night turns into day. This is an awesome sight and one you will not forget.

The real value of our community is its people. Some families have roots here dating to the 1800s, while others arrived just weeks or months ago. Because of its diversity, Hobbs is a great place to live, work or visit. Our history started in the late 1920s with the discovery of black gold and has matured into a modern and proactive city, with quality of life being the driving force for its residents and visitors.

We invite you to visit, stay and even consider Hobbs as your final destination for retirement and/or starting a business. You will find Hobbs to be one of the best places to live and raise a family.

We extend a New Mexico welcome to you and your family, and invite you to visit Hobbs and enjoy our unique brand of southwestern hospitality.

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