Introduction to Portales, New Mexico
Originally under Spanish rule in the 1600’s, this area was known as Llano Estacado, or the staked planes, due to the abundance of yucca plants in the area. Comanche Indians inhabited this area for most of the 1800’s. Territorial settlement by cattle herders began in the late 1800’s. The city of Portales was formally established in 1909.
Portales and nearby Attractions
- Miles Mineral Museum
- Natural History Museum
- Roosevelt County Museum
- Blackwater Draw Museum
- Whispering Winds Golf Course
- Oasis State Park
Things To Do In Portales
The Blackwater Archaeological site is a well visited historic site near Portales. The Blackwater Draw Museum and the Natural History Museum provide insight into the area's history. The Oasis State Park and other nearby parks offer visitors various outdoor recreational facilities. The Whispering Winds Golf Course provides excellent facilities to local golfers.
Flights are available from Lea County Regional Airport.
Portales Higher Education
Eastern New Mexico University is the local institution of higher education. Others in the area include South Plains College, Wayland Baptist University and Texas Tech University.