Things to See and Do in Ruidoso
This is in no way a comprehensive list of all the incredible Ruidoso experiences, but it’s a start. Let’s go! We dare you to do them all!
Due to an unseasonably warm autumn, Ski Apache has pushed their ski season opening date to Dec. 15, 2017, instead of Thanksgiving weekend as initially planned. Mountain officials have confirmed that the gondola and Apache Wind Rider Zip Tour will begin operations on Nov. 24, 2017 and will be open Thursdays through Sundays.
Ski Apache is known for its beautiful warm weather skiing and snowboarding as the nation’s southern-most continually operating resort, but there is plenty of summer excitement too. Fan favorites such as the Wind Rider zip line tour, gondola rides, and endless hiking return this summer while the resort is introducing guided mountain bike tours and picnic basket lunches sure to excite any outdoor enthusiast. Here is what travelers can look forward to this summer.
Break out the tents, hiking boots, and fishing rods because Mescalero Parks and Recreation has officially opened up Silver Lake, Eagle Creek and the Mescalero cabins for summertime fun.
AllTrails.com shares their list of the best trails for wildlife sightings near Ruidoso, according to user reviews and data. See the highlights here.
Scoot Over Ruidoso offers motor scooter and moped rentals in Midtown Ruidoso. Experience the fun of exploring in the open air and rent a motorbike today. New Mexico doesn’t even require a motorcycle license.
The Hubbard Museum of the American West (formerly the Museum of the Horse) is a Smithsonian affiliate with collections that showcase items from the three cultures that contributed so greatly to the settling of the American West—Anglo, Native, and Hispanic.
The Fort Stanton State Historic Site is a must-see historic attraction when visiting Lincoln County. Few sites in the nation encompass the breadth of history seen at the Fort.
Take in the breathtaking views of Inn of the Mountain Gods as you glide over the crystal waters of Lake Mescalero. Offering parallel cables so riders can enjoy the view side-by-side.
A guide to the best annual art events in Ruidoso.
While much of the country is sweltering in summer heat, Ruidosoans are chilling out in the tall pines. No matter what a vacation means to you, a summer holiday is pretty cool in Ruidoso.
From pristine high-mountain lakes and streams to sparkling reservoirs and meandering rivers, discover the best places to cast a line in Ruidoso.
From street to trail, if you love to pedal, Ruidoso has you covered. With new trail development and a vast network of empty rural roads and awesome mountain trails, cycling in Ruidoso has never been better. Discover the best places to get your bike on in Ruidoso.
They say the best things in life are free. Save money on your next trip by taking advantage of these 5 free things to do in Ruidoso.
Ruidoso's diverse cluster of indie Midtown shops offer something for everyone, from outdoor gear to trendy threads, but here’s a quick primer.
If you are looking for a relaxed weekend filled with tasty food, shopping opportunities, and great outdoor fun in a rare natural setting, then you should try Ruidoso.
Cool temperatures. Unbelievable scenery. This is the Ruidoso golf experience. With four spectacular Ruidoso area golf courses, each course is situated against breathtaking backdrops with its own personality and landscape. Discover which one is best for you.
Do you want to put a little money down on your entertainment? At Ruidoso Downs Race Track and Billy The Kid Casino you can experience the thrill of the world's fastest quarter horses racing every weekend during the summer and Simulcast racing year-round.
To get a quick taste of the diverse landscapes that surround our mountain oasis, start with these day trips from Ruidoso.
Bring a picnic, cast for fish, paddle a boat, cycle, horseback ride, or explore on foot via multi-use trails at two cool, clear alpine reservoirs in Ruidoso that will keep you coming back for more.
Lincoln, the most widely visited historic site in New Mexico, is part of a community frozen in time—the 1870s and 1880s. The historic site includes 17 structures and outbuildings, four of which are open year round and two more seasonally as museums.
The All American Futurity (G1) is the richest race for 2-year-olds in North America, regardless of breed. Run every Labor Day at Ruidoso Downs in the mountain village of Ruidoso, New Mexico, the $3 million race is contested by 2-year-old American Quarter Horses. It will be run on September 4, 2017.
Ruidoso's lush mountain setting and easy access to wilderness have inspired unforgettable experiences for generations. Top it off with an eclectic mix of events, family-friendly atmosphere, and year-round activities and you have the ultimate outdoor destination.
Grindstone Stables is one of Ruidoso's most popular family activities, Enjoy guided horseback rides in the forest above Grindstone Lake.
White Oaks is a Lincoln County ghost town just north of Carrizozo that became a boomtown in 1879 following the discovery of gold and coal in the nearby Jicarilla Mountains. Today, there's a small historic museum, a legendary saloon, and the White Oaks Pottery art studio.
The Grindstone Disc Golf Course is located near Ruidoso's Midtown in Grindstone Canyon near Grindstone Lake. It is a 27 hole, 81 par heavily wooded course, free and fun for the whole family.
The only non-profit yoga studio in town, Buddha Yoga offers 15 open classes per week by donation. The space is colorful and intimate, community is a priority, and teacher training and certification an essential part of their program. Instruction includes vinyasa, yin, beginner, power, stretch, balance, gentle and senior yoga. Drop-ins welcomed.
Wildlife and Ruidoso go hand in hand. From the quiet appearance of the majestic elk and wild horse herds that roam here to the impressive flight of the bald eagle and the entertaining antics of the bears that are frequently seen, here are some of Ruidoso's most amazing wildlife and some tips on where you can safely spot them on your next trip.
Ruidoso and Lincoln County have long celebrated art and artisans past and present, so keep your eyes peeled for the many other artistic discoveries tucked away in unexpected places. Here’s a short sampling of Lincoln County art exhibits to help get you started.
The Smokey Bear Ranger District in Ruidoso offers many different recreation opportunities for all seasons including picnicking, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, camping and more.
Beautiful Sierra Blanca dominates the views on this scenic walk, run, ride paved path that circles the Links at Sierra Blanca Golf Course in the heart of Ruidoso. The Links trail is 3 mile loop that provides outdoor exercise that dogs, kids and adults will enjoy.