We definitely made the right decision staying in Artesia.
We definitely made the right decision staying in Artesia. It was a clean, quiet, well-maintained, & pretty little town, especially considering the barren areas that are in that section of New Mexico. Although Artesia wasn't our primary focus because we were up from Corpus Christi, TX to see Carlsbad Caverns & Roswell, it was a lovely place. The town's history was interesting (Oilfield & former Artesian Well), there was some surprising focus on the Arts for the town's size, Main St. and other areas were landscaped beautifully, hotels were more affordable, & there were plenty of nice restaurants at which to eat such as Piccolino's (Italian). We had everything necessary for a nice stay and were treated well anywhere we went.
Our only memorable complaint was regarding the Skate Park. My son is an avid skateboarder and was excited to find there was a Skate Park. However, he was quite disappointed because it's not designed well at all. It's almost like someone tried to put a skate park inside a bowl making it difficult to navigate effectively. Our thanks for trying to provide a skate option, anyway. There were lots of great street spots, but street skate wasn't permitted. We found a park in Roswell that worked well so he could practice.
If you're going to be staying in this area of New Mexico, we highly recommend staying in Artesia. It has everything you need to feel at home while traveling.