Hobbs, New Mexico

Hobbs, New Mexico

Hobbs, New Mexico

Get in the spirit at the Western Heritage Museum, which displays buckles, boots, saddles, and spurs.
Photo by Geni Cavanaugh.

Just over the state line from Texas and set in the oil-rich Permian Basin, Hobbs welcomes travelers along U.S. 62 to the Land of Enchantment and has boot-clad footing in the Western lifestyle and energy industry.

An animatronic cowboy tells campfire stories about early settlers at the Western Heritage Museum. Locals have made big names for themselves by frequently topping the leaderboard as rodeo champs; the museum's Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame touts their lasso and bronc-riding skills. The Lea County Museum, in nearby Lovington, also relates the region's past.

The historic buildings — including the 1912 McDonald Mercantile & Post Office and 1918 Baker School — are lessons in themselves. Also in Lovington, the Lea Theater preserves an art deco vibe yet screens first-run flicks.

Founded in 1983, the Southwest Symphony is one of the foremost music and dance presenters in southeastern New Mexico. The seven-performance season includes classical and pops concerts by the town's Southwest Symphony Orchestra and national touring acts, from cowboy music to Irish step-dance troupes.

Hobbs' wide-open spaces and winds pair to create nationally renowned conditions for gliding. Enthusiasts travel to join the Hobbs Soaring Society for its May to September flying season.

Don't Miss: 2018 Hobbs Happenings

Lea County Fair and PRCA Rodeo, Aug. 3–11
Today's cowboys rope and ride at one of the largest rodeos in the state.

Zia Park Racetrack Racing Season, September–December
Grab a seat near the starting gate for quarterhorse and thoroughbred racing.

Hobbs, New Mexico

Southwest Symphony.
Photo by Geni Cavanaugh.