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Tourism and Attractions

Things to Do Around the Area

CARLSBAD, NM – If bats and caves are your thing, the world famous Carlsbad Caverns National Park is only a short drive west of Hobbs/Lea County. Visited by thousands of people every year, the caves continue to be one of the wonders of nature.

ARTESIA, NM – Artesia is noted for its Artesian Water Wells and some of the old historical homes and buildings that were part of the new frontier. The city prides itself on a vibrant downtown lined by large bronze sculptures commemorating Artesia’s history.

City of Aliens

ROSWELL, NM – Northwest of Hobbs/Lea County is the “City of Aliens,” with the UFO Museum and the annual UFO Festival, Roswell lives up to its reputation. Several historical homes and museums dot the community. The New Mexico Military Institute and the Goddard Space Museum are exciting places to visit.

RUIDOSO, NM – This town is sometimes called the Colorado of New Mexico. Ruidoso is our high mountain country and home to the Mescalero Apache tribe, Billy the Kid and the Lincoln County Wars. Ruidoso also offers some great winter activities and sports. High in the mountains and an easy three-hour drive from Hobbs/Lea County, Ruidoso has many of the tourist attractions you look for in a quaint tourist community.

CLOUDCROFT, NM – This community is located high in the Sacramento Mountains and a gateway to Alamogordo and the Trinity Site. The town of Cloudcroft is home to Sunspot, the only place on Earth where you can watch the sun and follow its activities. The main street of Cloudcroft is like a snapshot of history, with wooden sidewalks and small unique shops and restaurants.


LUBBOCK, TX – Home to the Red Raiders, better known as Texas Tech, Lubbock is the gateway to some interesting attractions and activities. The National Heritage Ranching Center and the Buddy Holly Center showcase some of the history of the area. The West Texas Walk of Fame honors the talent and rich history of the community.

MIDLAND/ODESSA, TX – Sometimes called two municipalities with one destination, the Midland/Odessa area has many great spots to visit. The area is home of the Commemorative Air Force, which has on display flying military aircraft and memorabilia, and the President’s Museum, housing some of the great history of the first families of our country.

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