Things to Do in Hobbs

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Things to Do in Hobbs NM

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. www.artesiachamber.com

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. www.carlsbadchamber.com

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. www.cloudcroft.net

HOBBS, NM – Zia Park Casino, where 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. www.ziaparkcasino.com

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. www.roswellnm.org

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. www.ruidosonow.com