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Recreation and Leisure

Hobbs offers many forms of recreational and leisure opportunities to its residents and guests. The great weather allows many outdoor activities to be done throughout the year. Residents enjoy all forms of organized sports and several sports organizations are available for all age groups, including swimming, archery, golf, hang gliding/soaring, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, jogging, bike riding, basketball, baseball, softball, t-ball, tennis, roller skating, bowling and soccer, to list a few. Sports in Hobbs are only limited by your ability and imagination.

For the auto enthusiast, the local drag strip offers both head-to-head drag racing and timed (bracketed) drag racing. All car classes are accepted and spectators are welcomed. For off-road vehicle owners, there are plenty of opportunities to drive your vehicles. Make sure that if it is private land to get permission, though much of Lea County is either state or federal land. Organized motorcycle groups are welcomed to Hobbs and several events just for motorcycles are scheduled throughout the year. We have several motorcycle dealers in the area to take care of problems that may arise.

Water sports are another great way to experience Hobbs. Most of Lea County’s water is underground in our Ogallala aquifer, but that which is on top is used to its fullest. Each community has public-operated swimming pools, several of them with water park settings and picnic grounds close by. Again, because of the weather, swimming is a year-round activity, with summer seeing the lion’s share of pool usage.

There are several fishing holes in the area, with fish stocked by the New Mexico Fish and Game Department. Fishing licenses are required for adults and teens; children under 11 can fish without a license.

The early morning and evening brings out bicyclists, walkers and runners. Because of the low humidity, many people take advantage of the cool mornings and evenings to exercise and stretch their legs. Hobbs is noted for its flat surfaces and dedicated jogging, biking and walking trails. This is a safe and healthy activity for young and old alike.

Indoor sports also make up and take up a lot of Hobbs residents’ and guests’ time and energy. From organized bridge games to formal painting sessions, there is something for everyone who wants to stay indoors. We pride ourselves on having some of the best facilities in New Mexico for our senior residents and children. Monthly schedules of events and activities can be found on the various city web sites.

ZIA PARK CASINO
Live horse racing is featured during the months of September through December. Zia Park Casino offers live horse racing every Saturday through Tuesday with video pari-mutuel betting on several out-of-state tracks each day. Zia Park Casino features hundreds of slot machines and other electronic gaming. The casino is also home of the Black Gold Steak House, the Stateline Show Room and the Ledge, providing world-class food and entertainment to patrons. Las Vegas-style gaming in a small-town setting is one more feature that makes Hobbs a major stop for visitors.

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