Milnesand is located about 35 miles south of Portales on NM-206. Present population is 63.
Milnesand may be a small dot on the map, but it is big in the heart of New Mexico’s prairie grasslands. Each spring, the lesser prairie chicken, an icon of the Southern Great Plains, congregates on traditional breeding grounds called “leks.” Although you can't see them in the next few photos, we saw a few hiding among some of the abandoned ranchland outside of town. They look similar to quail.
The lesser prairie chicken once roamed in abundant numbers across the high plains of five states. Since 1900, their population had plummeted by 97%. Now, thanks to efforts to protect some of the best prairie chicken habitat left in the Lower 48 - Milnesand - these distinctive birds have a greater chance of survival.