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Attractions

In a matter of years, Hobbs has become a thriving and exciting town, attracting visitors from far and wide. It has long boasted an interesting position on the crossroads between other destination cities, but recent developments have seen its popularity explode: a racetrack and casino is attracting millions of visitors, and lies close to new hotels, a top flight golf course and the new economic boom areas in the north of town.

Here is a quick walkthrough of the main attractions Hobbs and Lea County has for the visitor.


 

Zia Park Racetrack and Casino

3901 West Millen Drive,
Hobbs, New Mexico

The racetrack is open for business with races after Labor Day. The adjacent casino is open year-round, however, offering hundreds of slot machines in a clean and friendly environment. The track’s restaurants and bar area are also open. Good luck!

 


Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center

5317 Lovington Highway (NM Junior College)

Lea County has a strong tradition of roping, but its western spirit runs deep and wide. The Cowboy Hall of Fame is a must-visit for anyone with an interest in the frontier way of life. Ranchers and rodeo performers star, with a supporting cast of natives, buffalo hunters and other luminaries of the Llano Estacado.


Ocotillo Golf Course and Harry McAdams Park

Near 7000 block of Lovington Highway

At the end of World War II, Hobbs found itself with an empty air force base on the outskirts of town and the question, “What on God’s green Earth are we to do with this?” Well, green earth is now all you’ll find at what became Ocotillo Golf Course, an oasis in the desert offering 18 holes all year round.

The verdant Harry McAdams Park sits adjacent to the links, a perfect spot for a day out where families can relax in the shade of weeping willows and feed the ducks. Events are often schedules for summer evenings.


Soaring Society of America

Near 7000 block of Lovington Highway
Hobbs’ perfect climate and endless summer make it the ideal home for soaring and gliding enthusiasts. Over the decades it’s carved a place for itself for the elite competitors, hosting international competitions and brining talent from all the corners of planet Earth. Local ties are strong, however, and soaring opportunities exist much of the year round.

 


Lovington Museum
103 S. Love St., Lovington, NM

Lovington, 20 miles northwest of Hobbs, is the county seat of Lea County and one of its earliest communities. The museum is a place of quiet reflection, presenting the artifacts and memories of settlers, ranchers and those who followed in their footsteps to build Lea County into one of New Mexico’s most productive rural locales.


Del Norte Park

4143 N. Grimes, Hobbs, NM
We’ll admit that Del Norte is a kid’s place first and foremost — at least when it comes to the brand new fun pool. That’s not to say that’s the only attraction in Hobbs’ most recent city park, but it is the perfect place to cool off when Hobbs’ hot summer hits in July.

 


Ziaplex
400 N. Marland Blvd., Hobbs.

Youngsters’ sporting events come to town often, and Ziaplex softball complex hosts countless games through the baseball season. Offering four fields, covered dugouts, electronic scoreboards and a thousand-seater stadium, it is considered one of the best complexes in New Mexico and West Texas.

 


Lea County Event Center

5101 N. Lovington Hwy., Hobbs, NM

Rock concerts, rodeos, craft fairs, expos, revivals, banquets, conferences… Lea County Event Center has seen them all and has established its place as one of New Mexico’s most capable hosting facilities.

 


Within driving distance

Carlsbad Caverns
Long acknowledged as one of the world’s largest caverns, Carlsbad is also one of its most accessible, boasting delighting lighting and an even a subterranean restaurant 700 feet below ground. Routes range from straightforward walks around well-lit areas to exciting, ranger-led expeditions into the lesser-trodden depths.


Roswell
We all know the facts — a mysterious craft crashing in the pasturelands northwest of Roswell and what looked like an untidy government coverup in the days after. Those with even a passing interest in the conspiracy theories — or just looking for a good day out in alien city — could do worse than to converge on Earth’s first interstellar starport.


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