Hobbs (population 38,000) is the metropolitan center of Lea County, and remains the focal point for the arts and education for southeast New Mexico. Both of Lea County’s schools of higher education are based in Hobbs. New Mexico Junior College is a modern two-year academic and vocational college offering Associate of Arts Degrees in several categories. The University of the Southwest is a four-year college focusing on liberal arts, with both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science Degrees offered. The college now also offers a Master’s Degree in selected categories.
Hobbs is the home for the Lea County Event Center, which is the second-largest conference/convention center in the State of New Mexico. The center is a modern facility that can host large meetings and conferences, as well as indoor rodeos, tractor pulls, indoor soccer and monster truck events. This multi-purpose facility can seat 4,800 people theater-style in the main auditorium.
Hobbs is the headquarters for the Llano Estacada Art Association, a member of the Lea County Commission for the Arts. These two organizations display many forms of art, painting and sculpture in the Commission’s Art Gallery, which is open to the public. If music is your cup of tea, one of New Mexico’s largest symphonies calls Hobbs home. The Southwest Symphony and the Hobbs Community Playhouse are but two of the many cultural activities that attract people from throughout the region.
The area’s rich ranching history is captured in three new and exciting museums: the Western Heritage Museum and Cowboy Hall of Fame on the campus of the New Mexico Junior College, The Thelma A. Webber Southwest Heritage Room on the University of the Southwest campus and The Lea County Museum in Lovington. The museums all focus on life and times on the Llano Estacado Plains.
The City of Hobbs Recreation Department recently opened a $3 million facility for area teens – a complete building with computers, games, gymnasium, climbing wall and an outside skate board area. Talented full-time facilitators supervise the building.
For sports enthusiasts, Hobbs features one of the most popular and affordable public golf courses in a 200-mile radius. The challenging 18-hole Ocotillo Golf Course welcomes everyone from duffers to pros to play. On the golf course property is one of the best shaded walking and jogging trails in the state. Other sporting amenities in Hobbs include numerous public parks, several health clubs, baseball/softball fields, a paint ball combat park, shooting and archery ranges, swimming pools and water parks, lighted tennis courts, a full-service private country club with an Olympic-size pool and an 18-hole championship-design golf course. In addition, the Martin Luther King Soccerplex includes eight soccer fields and a walking trail. The Memorial Baseball field is fully lighted for 24-hour tournaments, as well as pick-up baseball and softball games. For campers, Hobbs offers several excellent facilities with full RV hookups and flat pull-through pads.
With the increase in building activity in the Permian Basin, the major community that is growing in both size and status is the City of Hobbs. The continued growth in the development of natural resources and the attraction of new businesses to this city, located in the high deserts of the southeastern part of New Mexico, will make this community one of the largest in the area. The quality of life and the development of amenities that bring good schools, successful businesses and recreational opportunities are on the forefront of this community agenda. The retail business community is made up of large national brand department stores and unique hometown shops. Make plans to stroll and experience the many shops found in Hobbs. Hobbs shopping is like no other. Enjoy small-town charm splashed with big town selection, warm smiles and that southern hospitality.
The attraction of major employers, like the National Enrichment Facility and RMS Foods, bring that high-tech quality and employer to our area, which is noted for our work ethic and education that is second to none. Both of these employers have very different skill sets of employee needs and fit right into our community. This is a great place to open up, relocate to or just work in a clean and safe environment that is business friendly. Several industrial parks and building sites are available for the small manufacturer to the heavy industry that keeps America strong. Hobbs has a building site to meet your needs.
With many of the international and private oil and natural gas producers having property in Lea County, many of them also have staff that takes care of the investments and research opportunities to explore new production sites.
For those businesses needing easy transportation access, Hobbs is serviced by New Mexico Airlines, a division of Pacific Wings, with daily flights to and from Albuquerque, New Mexico. In addition to our Lea County Regional Airport, the City of Hobbs is located only 90 minutes from either the Midland/Odessa airport or the Lubbock airport, with daily flights to and from your favorite destinations.