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Trails around Ruidoso

Trails, trails and more trails. Ruidoso is surrounded by over a million acres of National Forest and wilderness; hiking, mountain biking, and horseback trails are plentiful.   

Click here for a comprehensive trail map pdf of Ruidoso area trails:  White Mountain Wilderness Area Trails and many other popular trail systems.

Here is an interactive web application that is a companion to our printed Ruidoso Area Trail Map:  Ruidoso New Mexico Area Trails

Ruidoso's Grindstone Trail System was completed in 2014. This 18 mile multi-use trail, designed by the International Mountain Biking Association, is located near mid-town Ruidoso at Grindstone Lake.

There are over 200 miles of multi-use trails in the Smokey Bear District of the Lincoln National Forest. For more detailed information on the trails to be found in the area visit their website.  

Another source for information on the trails of the Lincoln National Forest is Lynn Melton's Trail Guide: Lincoln National Forest

Fort Stanton Recreation Area (managed by the BLM) has over 90 miles of horseback, mountain biking, and hiking trails that wind through open meadows and canyons. The trails offer great views of the surrounding Lincoln National Forest, and the Sacramento and Captain Mountains. The majority of the trails start at the Horse Trails Parking Lot on NM 220 where you will find hitching rails, water for your animals and a bathroom. In addition, 20 miles of roads are open for motorized use.  For a pdf of the Fort Stanton Roads and Trails map, please click here.

Should you hike in jeans? It seems like that would not be a big deal, but this article talks about why it's a bad idea and what clothing you should be wearing when you are out on the trails.

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Cedar Creek Trail Systerm

  • 3 miles
  • Biking, Hiking, Horseback Riding
This multi-use trail system is easily accessible from mid-town Ruidoso.

Ft Stanton Snowy River Cave National Conservation Area Trails

  • Biking, Hiking, Horseback Riding
Fort Stanton NCA has 93 miles of sustainable horseback, mountain biking, and hiking trails that wind through open meadows and canyons.

Lincoln National Forest

  • Biking, Hiking, Horseback Riding
Map The Lincoln National Forest consists 1,103,441 acres for outdoor recreation of all kinds.

Links Trail

  • 1 - 3.5 miles
  • Hiking
This trail is located around the Links Golf Course and is fairly level with minor climbs.

Ruidoso River Trail at Two Rivers Park

  • .25 miles
  • Hiking
Located behind the Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center on Sudderth Drive.

Ruidoso's Grindstone Trail System

  • 18 miles
  • Biking, Hiking, Horseback Riding
This multi-use trail, designed by the International Mountain Biking Association, was completed in 2014.

Valley of Fires Recreation Area Nature Trail

  • Hiking
Map This is a family friendly, paved nature trail through the Valley of Fires Recreation Area

Wingfield Park Events Meadow and Trail

  • .25 - .75 miles
  • Hiking
Map Located one block from mid-town Ruidoso, this gentle trail winds through the trees at Ruidoso's Wingfield Park.