If America is truly the last bastion of hardy spirits who crave the freedom of the open road, the vista of virgin land and clear skies, the unparalleled thrill of watching a hawk circling over its prey and the quiet beauty of a magnificent sunset, then Lea County remains a part of that untainted vision of the early pioneers who first settled this land known as the heart of the Southwest. While Lea County is on the cutting-edge with progressive innovation, quality of life remains a priority; contributing to purity of the air, the commitment of the community leaders, the work ethic of the inhabitants and the safe haven of small-town family values in this borderland of cultural diversity.
Lea County serves as the gateway to New Mexico’s Land of Enchantment, which is located on the far western edge of the Llano Estacado and represents the best of the “high desert,” famous for its blue skies and warm sunshine. In its primary location on the borderland, Lea County enjoys a truly multicultural diversity. With a heritage rich with cowboy legend, Native American legacy, ranching traditions and Hispanic culture, agricultural roots and pioneer spirit, Lea County residents are surrounded by folklore and Western mythology, as reflected in its museums and libraries. Amateur archaeologists can still find arrowheads left behind by the native people, including the Comanche and Apache Indians who once ruled over the vast plains of the Llano Estacado. Furthermore, geology buffs can see fossils embedded in the nearby Caprock, evidence of the different levels of the ancient Permian Sea. In addition, caving enthusiasts can enjoy one of the most magnificent underground caverns in the world, just a short drive away at Carlsbad Caverns. Working cowboys still roam the range, herding cattle and mending fences. Of course, the ever-present oil wells dot the horizon, reminding us of the rich black gold that helps provide many of the amenities we enjoy in Lea County. As pump jacks slowly sway back and forth, kissing the ground and then the sky, their constant slow rhythm seems to complement the solemn stillness of the otherwise uninterrupted landscape, which yields the rich booty buried below.
Although Lea County has miles and miles of open range, with endless horizons inhabited by cattle and rows of pump jacks that are mirrored by the infamous clear sky, its five cities are Meccas of activity and progressive thinking. While each city is fiercely independent and proud of its own accomplishments, all five communities work closely together to provide excellent education facilities, business opportunities, cultural events and a quality of life that is second to none.
Come and join us in this wonderful land of enchantment.