Incorporated in 1910, Portales offers a friendly, small-town atmosphere with plenty of cultural and recreational activities and is located within close proximity to the larger city of Clovis where there is plenty of shopping, ski resorts and other attractions. Residents enjoy sunny days, low humidity and mild winters.
Portales is home to the largest public university in New Mexico, Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) and is one of the largest producers of Valencia peanuts in the United States. It is also the nation’s top producer of Certified Organic peanut butter. Portales is also home to one of the largest dairy industries in the United States today. Located in Portales, the Cannon Air Force Base is a major contributor to the area economy.
A noteworthy attraction in Portales is the Roosevelt County Museum where visitors can explore the history of the Portales community. The museum features antique furniture, a historical printing press and other artifacts. Other attractions include the Oasis State Park, Miles Anthropology Museum, Natural History Museum and the Yam Movie Palace. Portales has many recreational offerings as well, including golf courses, parks, recreational centers, baseball diamonds and fitness centers.