Eastern New Mexico

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Eastern New Mexico
Curry County Eastern New Mexico 2010.jpg
Windmill north of Bellview, Curry County, New Mexico
Country  United States
State  New Mexico
Region Llano Estacado
Highest point
 - elevation 1,700 m (5,577 ft)
Shaded relief image of the Llano Estacado including the portion in Eastern New Mexico
Website: Llano Estacado

Eastern New Mexico is a physiographic subregion within the U.S. state of New Mexico. The region is sometimes called the "High Plains," "Eastern Plains (of New Mexico)," or even "Little Texas". The region is largely coterminous with the portion of the Llano Estacado in New Mexico. Eastern New Mexico mostly lies upon the high plains, which extends to elevations over 4,000 ft (1,200 m). The region is mostly characterized by flat featureless terrain with the exception of the Pecos River valley and the abrupt breaks along the Mescalero Ridge and northern caprock escarpments of the Llano Estacado. The region typically lacks the high relief of central and northern New Mexico, such as that in the Sangre de Cristo and Sandia mountain ranges.

Like much of the Llano Estacado region, Eastern New Mexico is largely agricultural and resembles West Texas in geography, culture, economy, and demographics. The region includes portions of the counties of Curry, De Baca, Guadalupe, Lea, Quay, and Roosevelt. It is served by Eastern New Mexico University, a state university located in Portales.

Cities in Eastern New Mexico

The largest cities in Eastern New Mexico are:

City Population
Roswell 48,366
Hobbs 43,405
Clovis 37,775
Carlsbad 26,138
Portales 12,280
Tucumcari 5,989


See also

External links

  • High Plains Historical Foundation
  • Photos of the Llano Estacado and Eastern New Mexico

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