Artesia, New Mexico
Tucked away in the southeast corner of New Mexico, Artesia is a little town with many big-town offerings. Located between the larger cities of Roswell to the north, and Carlsbad to the south, Artesia, often referred to as the “City of Champions,” boasts an exceptional quality of life and often acts as a hub for the entire region.
Artesia prides itself on having a high-quality educational system, an abundance of recreational activities and a community base that is not only willing, but eager to give back.
Here are some of the exciting and perhaps even unexpected jewels you will find in Artesia:
A new, state-of-the-art library is nearing completion, the funds of which came primarily from private donors. The multi-million dollar facility will house not only books and computers, but an historic, life-size mural painted by famed artist Peter Hurd. The mural was previously located inside MD Anderson Hospital in Houston, Texas and was painstakingly moved to Artesia for placement in the new library; again, at the expense of a private donor. The new library is set to open to the public in November.
The Ocotillo Performing Arts Center
This beautiful facility located in downtown Artesia has hosted numerous performances, including some by famous musicians, local acting talents and renowned authors. The theatre is owned by the Artesia Arts Council, whose affiliates include the Artesia Community Theatre, the Artesia Community Chorale, Artesia Concert Association, the Scrapbooking Club and the Poetry in Motion Club.
Artesia is fortunate to have a series of bronze monuments located throughout town depicting our city’s rich history. The Greater Artesia Chamber of Commerce offers a Walking Tour Guide brochure showcasing each bronze statue, so visitors can travel through the past and experience Artesia through the eyes of the pioneers and settlers of the Southwest.
The Friday night lights shine brightly in Bulldog country during fall football season. The Artesia Bulldogs boast a one-of-a-kind football stadium that rivals most college facilities, with artificial turf, private suites and a museum dedicated to Bulldogs past. The “Bowl,” as it is referred to by locals, has even been featured in National Geographic.
Not to be outdone, the Artesia High School basketball and volleyball teams also enjoy state-of-the-art facilities in the Bulldog Pit, located across the street from Bulldog Bowl.
There’s something for everyone in Artesia – one of New Mexico’s best kept secrets! From the arts, to fine dining, recreation, to religion, you’ll find it here, in the City of Champions!