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Ruidoso Outdoor Adventures







Ruidoso offers over a million acres of outdoor recreational fun! Camp, hike, fish, mountain bike or horseback ride the wilderness and national forest. Browse through the various listings below to discover different areas for recreation as well as guides and outfitters available around the Ruidoso area.

Check out these New Mexico True TV segments on mountain biking at Ski Apache and horseback riding in Mescalero.

A-Frame Ski Shop & Stan's Snowboard

  • 1016 Mechem Drive, Ruidoso
  • Winter Activities, Ski/Snowboard Rentals
  • 800-333-7079
Map Exclusive Burton Snowboard dealer in Ruidoso!

Action Ski & Snowboard

  • 360 Sudderth Drive, Ruidoso
  • Winter Activities, Ski/Snowboard Rentals
Map As you are coming into town from Texas, we are the first Ski Shop on your right.

Alto Lake

  • 854 State Highway 48, Alto
  • Boating, Fishing, Hiking
  • 575-257-5030
Alto Lake is on Highway 48 and is approximately 14 acres of surface area.

Alto Ski Shop

  • 101 Lake Shore Drive, Alto
  • Winter Activities, Ski/Snowboard Rentals
  • 800-279-1472
Map We are the last shop before the ski slopes and the first one when you return. Easy access and plenty of parking.

Apache Eagle ZipRider

Map Zip across Mescalero Lake!

Boarder Stop

  • 348 Sudderth Drive, Ruidoso
  • Winter Activities, Ski/Snowboard Rentals
  • 800-784-3676
Map Offering a large variety of handpicked inventory.

Bonito Lake

While there is no camping or fishing at Bonito Lake due to the Little Bear Fire of 2012, you may still hike and bike ride around the lake.


Brunell's in mid-town Ruidoso offers high quality hiking boots, sturdy walking shoes and more.

Carrizo Creek

  • Fishing
The creek is not stocked but contains native Brown Trout.

Cedar Creek Trail Systerm

  • 901 Mechem Drive, Ruidoso
  • Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking
  • 575-257-4095
This multi-use trail system is easily accessible from mid-town Ruidoso.

Geocache your way through Billy the Kid Country!  There are 30 geocache sites spread throughout Lincoln County, honoring the New Mexico Centennial and focusing on the Billy the Kid Scenic Byway. The Billy The Kid Geofest, seen to the left, is held annually in June and has grown in popularity while garnering enthusiastic reviews from geocaching enthusiasts from around the world.