Muleshoe, Texas is home to commerce, heritage, preservation, and lots of fun! Once part of the famous XIT Ranch and named after one of the great ranches that flourished here, Muleshoe continues to boast a strong agriculture community. Paying tribute to the role mules played in our nation’s history, Muleshoe is home to the only National Mule Memorial. “Old Pete” greets locals, returning friends, and newcomers everyday near the Chamber of Commerce office. Muleshoe is located 70 miles northwest of Lubbock, Texas on US Highway 84 and 30 miles southeast of Clovis, New Mexico.
Muleshoe’s Heritage Center offers a unique stop for visitors to commemorate the importance of ranching to West Texas. The Santa Fe Depot, several ranch and bunk houses, log cabins, and an old hotel are some of the restored and time period furnished structures that illustrate how the South Plains evolved in earlier years. While at the center, take a photo with the “World’s Largest Muleshoe” at 22 feet high and 17 feet wide. In March 2012, the new Ray and Donna West RV Park was unveiled to accommodate travelers and say thank you for visiting Muleshoe. The RV Park is available on a first come, first serve basis and is free for the first three nights.
Located 20 miles south of Muleshoe, The Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge encompasses more than 6,449 acres. Short-grass rangeland with scattered mesquite extends over most of the refuge. Established in 1935, it is the oldest refuge in Texas. It is a wintering and resting area for migrating water fowl and accommodates one of the largest concentrations of Sandhill cranes. During peak months thousands of cranes come to make Muleshoe their temporary home. In addition to waterfowl, one can expect to see Mule Deer, Great Horned Owls, and an abundance of other wildlife.
Famous Leal’s Restaurant got its start in Muleshoe in 1957. The original location is proud to serve locals and wanderers daily with a delicious menu of Leal’s classic dishes and some special dishes named for those frequent guests. Muleshoe is also home to the Leal’s Tortilla Factory.
The City of Muleshoe recently completed a new waterpark of grand measure! The facility includes a large pool, lazy river, water slide, and diving board. The city park also contains soccer and softball fields, a playground, fishing pond, basketball courts, and a brand new disc golf course. Don’t forget to take a swing at the challenging Muleshoe Country Club Golf Course or sharpen your putting skills at Mule Putt!
Muleshoe offers a range of activities all year to satisfy diverse interests. The most anticipated events fall around the July 4th celebrations. In addition to a fireworks show and a town parade, Muleshoe sponsors a ranch rodeo competition. Events such as wild cow milking, team penning, bronc riding, team doctoring, and team branding illustrate jobs that are done on a working ranch and provide great entertainment for the crowd! The Muleshoe Rotary Labor Day Team Roping attracts over 1,000 competitive teams from across the nation. Muleshoe is also host to the Annual Tour de Muleshoe. Choose from a ten mile flat ride, forty mile rolling sandhill and farmland tour, or 100k long distance scenic ride.
Muleshoe is on the move and proud to say Progress is Routine!