White Mountain Wilderness
Located just NW of the Village of Ruidoso, this wilderness area rises from 5,000' to over 11,000'. Many trails, most at higher elevations, offer spectactular views. The wilderness area offers about 50 miles of easy-to-strenuous trails trace the ridges and canyon bottoms. Almost all the paths eventually join the 21-mile-long Crest Trail, which offers views worth the lengthy hike. Water, though not plentiful, can almost always be located with a bit of looking.
Popular and accessible trailheads (accessible via passenger car) include the Three Rivers, Nogal Canyon, Crest and Mill's trailheads. Other areas may require 4 wheel drive, high clearance vehicles.