The 7 Best Things to do in Portales, New Mexico (NM)

April 15, 2022 Russell Mellin

Portales is a city in and the county seat of Roosevelt County, New Mexico, United States. The population was 12,280 at the 2010 census. Portales is located near the larger city of Clovis as well as Cannon Air Force Base, a major contributor to the economy of the region.
Restaurants in Portales

1. Enchantment Vineyards

2102 E 3rd St, Portales, NM 88130-9274 +1 575-226-9463 [email protected] http://www.enchantmentvineyards.com
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5.0 based on 5 reviews

Enchantment Vineyards

2. Blackwater Draw National Historic Site

516 Highway 467 One mile north of Oasis State Park, Portales, NM 88130-9001 http://www.enmu.edu/services/museums/blackwater-draw/locality.shtml
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4.0 based on 32 reviews

Blackwater Draw National Historic Site

National Historic Landmark...can view active archeological digs

Reviewed By SammieB2694 - Albuquerque, United States

I first visited in summer 2019. This museum is a must stop for anyone interested in archaeology. We went to the Blackwater Draw Archaeological Site National Historic Landmark first. We paid $1 for students which also got us into the museum. The museum is fairly small and has quite a bit of information on the Blackwater Draw site, Clovis sites and archaeology, and some Native American collection materials the university has. I found it to have a nice mix of interactives and reading. For example, some objects were set out and could be touched. One area had manos and metates where you could practice grinding corn. A new exhibit was being installed while we visited that I could tell had more interactives too such as a small excavation box filled with sand and artifacts. We loved the gift shop items and I couldn't help but purchased a tshirt, hoodie, and water bottle. This is a great place to visit and support especially because it is on a college campus and staffed by college students.

3. Blackwater Draw Museum

1500 S. Ave K, Lea Hall Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, NM 88130 +1 575-562-2202 http://bwdarchaeology.com
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4.0 based on 15 reviews

Blackwater Draw Museum

Reviewed By SammieB2694 - Albuquerque, United States

This museum is a must stop for anyone interested in archaeology. We went to the Blackwater Draw Archaeological Site National Historic Landmark first. We paid $1 for students which also got us into the museum. The museum is fairly small and has quite a bit of information on the Blackwater Draw site, Clovis sites and archaeology, and some Native American collection materials the university has. I found it to have a nice mix of interactives and reading. For example, some objects were set out and could be touched. One area had manos and metates where you could practice grinding corn. A new exhibit was being installed while we visited that I could tell had more interactives too such as a small excavation box filled with sand and artifacts. We loved the gift shop items and I couldn't help but purchased a tshirt, hoodie, and water bottle. This is a great place to visit and support especially because it is on a college campus and staffed by college students.

4. Oasis State Park

1891 Oasis Rd, Portales, NM 88130-9024 +1 575-356-5331 [email protected] http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/SPD/oasisstatepark.html
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3.5 based on 19 reviews

Oasis State Park

Reviewed By S5009ALjanec

Nice camping spots with fishing lake and playground. Park is well kept and fun spot for our area. The lake is stocked so keep an eye on state stocking times. Great place to take kids to fish. We go camping sometimes and only live 10 Miles away. Good place to hear coyotes howling at night.

5. Enchantment Vineyard

2102 E 3rd St, Portales, NM 88130-9274 +1 575-226-9463 [email protected] http://www.enchantmentvineyards.com
Enchantment Vineyard

6. The Happy Place

109 S Main Street, Portales, NM 88130-5909 +1 575-226-9276 [email protected] https://www.facebook.com/The-Happy-Place-Portales-148312641909368/

The Happy Place on the square is a proud, certified #NewMexicoTrue supplier. With a variety of of authentic New Mexican gifts, we make it our mission to share our #NewMexicoTrue spirit with all! If you're looking for something to do, The Happy Place has plenty of arcade games to entertain customers of all ages. Plus, we have a candy store! Come see us for a new spin on #NewMexicoTrue!

7. Undisturbed Armory

117 W 2nd St, Portales, NM 88130-6201 +57 5 2264899 http://www.undisturbedarmory.com
Undisturbed Armory

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