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The Artesia Historical Museum and Art Center is located in the unique Moore-Ward cobblestone house. Exhibits in the main house focus on local and area history, featuring photographs, Native American artifacts, farm and ranch displays, and a hands-on children's room with hats and clothes to try on. The Art Center gallery next door features rotating exhibits such as local art shows, traveling exhibits, and temporary in-house displays. The museum offers special programs by arrangement and extensive outreach services as well. Learn More...
The Artesia Walking Tour begins at the Train Depot and the Artesia Visitor’s Center. The tour proceeds through town, stopping at each of our History in Bronze monuments. Download Walking Tour Brochure
In March of 2014, Artesia’s beautiful new Public Library opened, boasting the large, rescued Peter Hurd Mural, “The Future Belongs to Those Who Prepare For It.” The library is a state-of-the-art community resource center with more than 50,000 books and periodicals. It is designed by New Mexico architect Jose Zelaya. The building has many unique and special touches honoring the landscape and heritage of the Artesia community. The Artesia Public Library supports lifelong learning, advances knowledge creation, and strengthens its community. It provides the tools and resources to support creativity, research and problem-solving while asking and answering questions that challenge patron assumptions. The Artesia Public Library brings people, information, and ideas together to create opportunities. Learn more...
Artesia is home to an 18 hole par 71 golf course. It is 6239 yards from the back tees. Situated in the midst of the desert in Southeastern New Mexico the course has water on 3 holes, plenty of sand traps to make play interesting and the rough is very native to our part of the country. In the very warm climate of New Mexico, golf is playable most of the year and many years, we play in the dead of winter. Learn More...
Looking for some quality time?  Bowling is the perfect entertainment for couples, families and friends alike.  Artesia Lanes’ modernized venues provide guests everything needed for an enjoyable experience.  They also offer a large arcade, air hockey, soft tip darts and pool tables!  If playtime works up an appetite, Anna’s Café features a full lunch and dinner menu. Guests can even enjoy beer or wine with a meal or while they play!
Looking for a place to unwind, and craft beer is on your mind? Try one of Artesia’s locally owned microbreweries, where house specialties are brewed on site.  The Wellhead Restaurant and Brewpub feature oilfield themed microbrews.  Cottonwood Wine and Brewing is home to Desert Water Brewing, featuring eight brews, as well as their own hard cider.  If you’d prefer a glass of wine, stop in for daily wine tasting in Cottonwood’s tap and tasting room, or check out the Balzano Family Vineyard and Pumpkin Patch, home of Spirit of Seven Rivers wine, where you can enjoy wine and food in the vineyard setting.
The Artesia Arts Council’s mission is to provide cultural enrichment to Southeast New Mexico through the education and entertainment of the arts. For more than 30 years, the Artesia Arts Council has worked to share, support and develop artistic talent in Southeastern New Mexico. From the beginning, two major annual events that continue to this day were Art in the Park and Missoula Children’s Theatre. Learn More...
The Eddy County Shooting Range Association is an all-volunteer organization that operates an outdoor shooting range.  It provides a safe and controlled environment for the enjoyment of shooting sports and other outdoor activities. The Range currently offers activities in archery and shotgun sports.  Other activities include hunter education, safe gun handling, marksmanship training, competitions and youth outreach.  The club charges daily use fees and accept memberships for those who wish to support the mission. Eddy County Shooting Range is located at 131 Firehouse Road.  From U.S. 285, turn west on Funk Road and travel approximately 1 ½ miles to Firehouse Road.  Turn right on Firehouse and travel ¼ mile to the entrance of the Range. Learn More...
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