Roosevelt County, also in eastern New Mexico, covers nearly 2,450 square miles. Elevation of the county is just above 4,000 feet, and so Roosevelt County enjoys a mild, dry climate similar to Curry County’s. Curry County lies to the north, De Baca and Chaves counties to the west, Lea County to the south and the Texas Panhandle to the east. The county has a significant archaeological site, Blackwater Draw, as well as a state park. For more information, visit the Portales Roosevelt County Chamber website at www.portales.com.
Portales started out as a dusty cow town in the late 1800s and incorporated in 1909, three years before New Mexico gained statehood in 1912. The city still thrives on agriculture, with a large dairy industry and crops that include the famous Valencia peanut. Visitors and residents will enjoy the easygoing nature of Portales, known as the “warm heart of the sunbelt.”
The city’s 7.06 square miles are home to approximately 12,000 people. Mean travel time to work is about 17 minutes. Median rent is $774, and the selected monthly owner costs of housing units with a mortgage are approximately $968.
The city of Portales maintains eight public parks, a pool, a skate park and an athletic complex. Oasis State Park north of town offers camping, fishing and bird watching among groves of cottonwoods, plus several sand dunes.