Lea County has an average elevation of 3,600 feet above sea level and an average mean temperature of 63 degrees. The Lea County landscape offers four seasons with mild variations in the accompanying weather pattern. The summers are very warm but with low humidity, ideal for all outdoor activities, such as the famous Hobbs August Nites event and one of the largest county fairs in the state.
Lea County hosts a number of sporting tournaments throughout the year because of our climate. Fall brings warm days and cool evenings, perfect for the inevitable Friday night football or soccer game held at the various city parks and high school, or a Saturday and Sunday afternoon of barbecuing with friends and family. Lea County enjoys mild winters with crisp days, chilly nights and an occasional snowfall; even so, the area golf course and tennis courts are open year-round because the moderate weather encourages sports enthusiasts to become all-season athletes.
In addition, outdoor Christmas parades are part of the total holiday celebration across Lea County. The holiday season kicks off with community home lighting and decoration and the business district having Santa Claus for the children. A must see is Christmas in the Desert, featuring large holiday lighted displays at McAdams City Park, that welcomes residents and guests alike to the spirit of the holidays. We mark the end of Summer with the Annual Southwest Cowboy Celebration, called the Staked Plains Round-Up. The event brings the spirit of the old West and country life to modern day reality.
Spring arrives early, with warm sunshine-filled days coupled with mild evenings, wonderful weather for countywide baseball games and golf tournaments. Spring buds appear in February, many fruit trees bloom in March and lawns are already green in April.
This beautiful climate creates ideal conditions for people who thrive in a mild, dry environment. In fact, we bask in sunshine over 320 days a year. Free from the smog and traffic jams of more populated areas, Lea County benefits from its fortunate location, with mountains and snow skiing only a few hours to the west in the spectacular Rocky Mountains, two international airports a few hours to the east in Texas and an international border with Mexico within driving distance to the southwest.