Getting To & Around
Several highways easily link Curry and Roosevelt counties to other parts of New Mexico and Texas. Most people traveling in the area choose to drive, enjoying the relaxing scenic byways through the Llano Estacado (Staked Plains).
For those flying, there are three major airports within 200 or so miles with numerous air carriers. One airport is within New Mexico, and two are in nearby Texas cities.
Both counties have public transportation, and the area is also served by a Greyhound station.
Albuquerque International Sunport
2200 Sunport Blvd. SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106 505-244-7700
Albuquerque International Sunport is approximately 220 miles from Cannon AFB and is New Mexico’s largest commercial airport, serving nearly 5 million travelers each year. Nine carriers include major airlines like Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines.
Ground transportation includes bus, taxi, shuttle, Amtrak and rental car service. A shuttle bus provides transportation to the rental car center, at 3400 University Blvd. SE, where there are
10 rental car companies.
Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport
5401 N. Martin Luther King Blvd.
Lubbock, TX 79403 806-775-2044
Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport is approximately 110 miles from Cannon AFB and has three major carriers: American Airlines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines. Ground transportation includes five rental car services and taxi and shuttle services.
Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport
10801 Airport Blvd.
Amarillo, TX 79111 806-335-1671
Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport serves the city of Amarillo, the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles, and eastern New Mexico. It is approximately 120 miles from Cannon AFB and is served by four carriers, including American Airlines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines. Ground transportation includes four rental car services and taxi services.
Clovis Area Transit System
401 E. Seventh St.
Clovis, NM 88101 575-769-7910
The Clovis Area Transit System provides service within the city limits of Clovis on a reservation-based, demand-response system. Each year, CATS provides an average of 68,000 trips with its 16-vehicle fleet. For more information on fares and the system’s service area, visit the website.
Portales Area Transit
200 E. Seventh St.
Portales, NM 88130 575-359-4816
Portales Area Transit provides service within the city of Portales, as well as to locations within a 5-mile radius. Unlike traditional public transportation, the service is a door-to-destination operation. Rides should be scheduled the day prior to transport, though limited same-day service may be available. For more information on fees and scheduling, visit Portales Area Transit’s website.
Driving and Commuting
Curry and Roosevelt counties are traversed by two U.S. highways and several state routes.
Within Curry County, two major U.S. highways intersect in the city of Clovis. U.S. Highway 60/84 runs east to west through the county and across the state line into Farwell, Texas. U.S. Highway 70 meets U.S. Highway 60/84 in Clovis and runs primarily north to south within Curry County. U.S. Highway 70 connects Curry County to Roosevelt County, veering southwest to pass through Portales and eventually into Chaves County.
In addition to the U.S. highways, numerous state routes in Curry and Roosevelt counties join the counties to each other and neighboring Texas. State Route 467 runs north and south, connecting U.S. Highway 70 in Portales to Cannon AFB in Clovis.
The New Mexico Department of Transportation offers commuter options at www.dot.state.nm.us. NMDOT also provides real-time traffic information. Registered users can create a personalized profile to receive notifications about incidents on their specified routes at https://nmroads.com.
New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division
814 W. Sixth St.
Clovis, NM 88101 575-762-3732
1410 S. Avenue O
Portales, NM 88130 575-356-8711
The New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division issues driver’s licenses, identification cards and vehicle registration and provides other driving-related services. Find many of the required forms and general information at the division’s website.
Military personnel and their spouses who are stationed in New Mexico from elsewhere may continue to drive with a valid driver’s license from their home state, but in general, all New Mexico residents who want to drive must apply for a driver’s license once residency is established.
The state spells out what is required for licensing and insurance under various scenarios in its New Mexico Driver Manual, which can be downloaded at www.mvd.newmexico.gov/resources-forms-information-drivers.aspx.
Applications associated with driving and vehicle registration are available online at www.mvd.newmexico.gov/forms.aspx, including MVD forms, requests for driving records and more.
Military members and veterans may be entitled to certain MVD exemptions and allowances. For more information on military and veteran exceptions and requirements, visit the website.
The state of New Mexico does not prohibit drivers from making calls on handheld wireless telephones while operating a motor vehicle. However, because localities are allowed to enact their own cellphone laws, making or receiving calls without a hands-free device is illegal in some towns.
Texting while driving is prohibited in all of New Mexico.
New Mexico Department of Transportation
Visit the New Mexico Department of Transportation website for interactive maps, information about road closures and travel advisories, and to view live traffic cameras.