Spend a beautiful Ruidoso day by the side of a shimmering mountain lake. Learn more about Grindstone Lake trails and other Ruidoso recreation areas.
"The climb to Grindstone Mesa can be painful, but the payoff is anything but: Views of Sierra Blanca and surrounding mountains are spectacular." — AAA NEW MEXICO JOURNEY magazine
From pristine high-mountain lakes and streams to sparkling reservoirs and meandering rivers, discover the best places to cast a line in 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.
Thanks to over a million acres of National Forest and wilderness areas, virtually every corner of Ruidoso is waiting to be discovered.
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.
12 Hours in the Wild West is New Mexico’s season opener for endurance mountain biking! The event has moved to the Village of Ruidoso and the Grindstone Lake Trail System. The move is awesome for many reasons: spectacular, purpose-built mountain bike trails and a great staging/camping area that will be more sheltered from the dust and wind. We will also be right in town with easy access to Ruidoso restaurants, hotels, and services. Seriously, you could roll to the start from several hotels in Ruidoso. Come see why everyone raves about the Grindstone Lake trail system! This move is going to make the 12 Hours in the Wild West your new favorite Zia Rides event.
A great family event starting & finishing at Wingfield Park using 2 different running trails at Grindstone Lake in midtown Ruidoso. It is sanctioned by USA Track & Field and the American Trail Running Association. Great Ruidoso carved bears as awards. It is a benefit for the Ski Apache Adaptive Sports & Ecoservants.
This is an opportunity for runners to train in the high altitude and cooler temperatures of the Sacramento Mountains. There are three runs: a 4-mile course, an 8.5-mile course & a half marathon. Each run will begin and end in Wingfield Park in mid-town Ruidoso.
The 12 Hours in the Wild West will be back in the Village of Ruidoso and the Grindstone Lake Trail System in 2017. The move was a huge success in 2016 for many reasons: spectacular, purpose-built mountain bike trails and a great sheltered staging/camping area. And, it is right in town with easy access to Ruidoso restaurants, hotels, and services. Seriously, you could roll to the start from several hotels in Ruidoso. For 2017, Zia Rides is offering a 6 hour option that will ride the inner-loop at Grindstone Lake Trails. This will result in about a 8 mile loop, with less climbing, and less technical riding - but still a super fun trail with a great descent.