Clovis Travel Guide

  • Curry County Courthouse
    Curry County Courthouse
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  • Clovis Historic District
    Clovis Historic District
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  • V I Petty Recording Studio
    V I Petty Recording Studio
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Clovis Things to Do

  • Blackwater Draw

    Blackwater Draw, near Clovis, is the site where the remains of the earliest homonid to inhabit the continent were found. The Clovis culture was named after the nearest town, Clovis. This is considered the first site where the remains were found (although there were remains found near Colorado City, Texas shortly before the remains were found in...

  • Clovis Library

    If you have a hard time finding the Clovis Visitors Center (I did) a good place to stop to get local tourist information is the Clovis Library. While there you can also get access to the Internet to send e-mails, stay in contact with family and friends and to catch up with the latest on VT!

  • Curry County Centennial

    On the grounds of the Curry County Courthouse is this time capsule/monument to the county's centennial celebrated in 2009. Thre is also a centenniel cow which is nicely decorated. Also on the grounds is a memorial to those who have lost their lives in drunk driving accidents.

  • Clovis Historic District

    Clovis has a very nice historic district with a number of buildings of historical and/or architectural interest. 11 of the buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

  • Clovis and Curry County

    Clovis is a nice sized town of just over 39,000 (up 20% since 2000) located along US Highway 70 in eastern New Mexico on the terrain known as the Llano Estacado. Clovis originated as a stop along the Santa Fe Railroad named Riley's Switch, in 1906. The name was changed to Clovis by the stationmaster's daughter who was studying about King Clovis the...

  • Norman Petty Studios

    While other regional artists (Roy Orbison, Roger Williams, and Buddy Knox to name a few) recorded here and became nationally-known, the Norman Petty Studios is best known for being the first to record Lubbock, Texas native Buddy Holly and the Crickets. The studios are well maintained thanks to funding provided by Paul McCartney who owns the rights...


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Clovis Restaurants

  • Formerly Cajun; Now Thai

    I stopped at the Cajun Cowboy on this trip to Clovis. It is never hard to get me to eat Cajun Food and the Cajun Catfish here was very good and the portions large. UPDATE: I have now heard that the Cajun Cowboy has closed and been replaced by a Thai Restaurant that is reported to be pretty good.

  • Very Good Italian Food

    The decor was nothing that special but the food was good as was the service. Very cute waitress named Angelica. Hours are 11 AM to 10 PM daily. I really enjoyed my Veal Parmesan, very tasty.

  • like 711, but with gasoline and better...

    Allsup's in a convenience store chain in the area. The headquarters is located across the street from the highschool.Allsup's is a favorite among highschoolers and drunk people. Allsup's Burritos: beef and bean wrapped in a tortilla, deep fried. great with taco sauce and/or ranch.Allsup's Chimichanga: chicken and cheese wrapped in a tortilla, deep...

  • the best thai in town! the only thai in...

    Saeng's is a small, privately owned restaurant right outside of the air force base. It used to be called Dee's, until the owners divorced.Saeng's has great food in large portions for a fair price. in highschool i always ordered shrimp fried rice, it's more recent visits i've ordered the pad thai. the tofu without eggs is vegan, and the...

  • Give it a Pass

    The expectation when one goes to a Chinese buffet is to not expect all of the dishes to be great or even good. With typically dozens of dishes on offer, they can't all be great. But China Star's buffet dishes, at least the ones I tried, were mediocre at best. Food was dry or tasteless or uninspired. Perhaps the better bet would be to order off the...

  • Home Cooking!

    You'll get good down home cooking at the Cotton Patch Cafe. Meatloaf, country fried steak, salads, and soups are tasty and filling. The full dining room is an indication of its popularity in this small town. Staff are very friendly and the service is good. One of the better dining experiences in Clovis. Country fried steak


Clovis Nightlife

  • Good for a small town

    I've only ever been to this place a few times and I was over it. There is either always a fight or just too crowded. Since there are only 3 Bars in this city, mostly the bar is filled with military people or just clovisites....Its alright during the day but at night the freaks really do come out. Very strict dress code for men no hats, tucked in...

  • in case you're underaged...

    Absolute Zero, formerly known as The Hole, is a local venue for live music that has officially been aroun for... four years? before renting a permanent place, shows were thrown without a venue name in parks and recreational areas, and play inc. the exact location has moved a few times and now lies in between clovis and portales. then underwent a...

  • Choppers is a good hang out to...

    Choppers is a good hang out to drink alcohol and to dance. They've got a great dance floor and atmosphere. You can't miss the club, it's got a helicopter hanging off the side. Clovis City Limits is a good country bar and has a huge dance floor. Garth Brooks used to play in the club when he was coming up. He's stopped by before to play a show.


Clovis Warnings and Dangers

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    by Basaic Written Nov 25, 2013

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    The area around Clovis is dry desert and is rather flat. The wind blows hard here at times and can kick up some bad duststorms. Visibility during some of the duststorma can approach zero. If this happens pull as far as possible off the road and turn on your emergency flashers.

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Clovis Off The Beaten Path

  • Old Fort Sumner Museum

    Visit the musuem to get more details on Billy the Kid's showdown with Sheriff Pat Garrett and about the Old Fort itself and its relationship with the Apache and Navajo Indians. Admission is $3/$2 children. Visitors can go to the back behind the musuem for free to view the gravesite of Billy the Kid.

  • Gravesite of Billy the Kid

    50 miles west of Clovis on U.S. 84/60, you'll pass through Fort Sumner on the way to Albuquerque. It was all we could do not to take a short detour when we saw the sign for the gravesite of the legendary Billy the Kid, a 19th century old west outlaw. The Kid's gravesite sits within an iron cage behind the Fort Sumner Museum. There is an admission...

  • If you must go off the beaten...

    If you must go off the beaten path the thing I would recommend would be the dry salt lake South of Clovis, but East of Portales. It's near Arch, NM closest to the Texas border. It's a big dried up salt lake. If you find a road out to the lake, you can dig in the dirt and find some really great salt crystals. I know it's a bit of a stretch, but hey,...


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