Oasis State Park
A cool and welcoming retreat in the summer, visitors have sought the cottonwoods at Oasis State Park north of Portales for over 50 years.
A three-acre fishing pond is stocked with rainbow trout in the winter and channel catfish during the warmer summer months. The pond is handicap accessible with picnic tables and benches adjacent. Besides the fishing, youngsters will enjoy watching and feeding the resident population of ducks. The Friends of Oasis support organization sponsors several fishing derbies and kids’ education events at the pond during the year.
Although fishing is the park’s main draw, there are also several hiking trails, sand dunes to play on and lots of wildlife, including over 80 species of birds that have been sighted at the park. Look for great blue heron, quail and western sandpiper and the state bird, the roadrunner.
RV camping facilities with full hookups, tenting sites, a group shelter and numerous picnic sites are spread over the 193-acre park. Restrooms with showers along with an RV dump station are among the amenities. A quick stop at the staffed visitor center will give the visitor all the information they need to enjoy their visit.
Oasis State Park is 6.5 miles north of Portales via NM 467. Visit www.nmparks.com