DescriptionThe discovery of shallow groundwater in 1890 ensured the prosperity of Portales. Wells provide irrigation for thousands of acres of peanuts, sorghum, cotton and other crops. Set among cottonwood trees on the eastern New Mexico high plains is Oasis State Park, 6.5 miles north on SR 467, then 2 miles west; fishing and camping are popular activities.
Blackwater Draw Archaeological Site, 7 miles northeast of Portales via US 70 to SR 467, has yielded evidence of Paleo-Indian habitation stretching back more than 11,000 years. Exhibits from the dig can be seen at the Blackwater Draw Museum on US 70; phone (575) 562-2202. The museum is maintained by Eastern New Mexico University, off US 70 at the southern edge of town. On campus is the Roosevelt County Museum, which has exhibits focusing on late 19th and early 20th-century local history; phone (575) 562-2592.
Portales resident Bill Dalley began acquiring windmills more than 30 years ago, and on a windy day their turning, twirling blades are a sight to behold. You can see the Dalley Windmill Collection at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds, downtown near the intersection of SR 70 and Lime Street.
Visitor InfoRoosevelt County Chamber of Commerce 100 S. Ave. A PORTALES, NM 88130. Phone:(575)356-8541 or (800)635-8036