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 attractions & activities and you have the ultimate outdoor destination. Here are a few ideas to help get you started.
Discover Ruidoso’s Best Outdoor Activities
Looking for thrills and spills on your Ruidoso adventure? Let loose on one of these action-packed activities.
Discover everything you need to know about Grindstone Lake, one of Ruidoso's most popular recreation areas located just minutes from downtown Ruidoso.
Ruidoso visitors who love Grindstone Lake now have campsites to choose from at the newly opened (summer 2019) Grindstone Lake Campground. With 22 tent campsites and 6 sites for RVs, campground amenities include basic restrooms with running water, flushing toilets, sink, and shower. No reservations, campfires, or utilities.
Don’t miss Ruidoso’s newest and most unique attraction, the new Wibit Water Park at Grindstone Lake, a floating, inflatable platform perfect for family fun, birthday parties and special events. Open in summer only.
Camping is not only an awesome vacation for those who love the outdoors, but it's also a great way to keep a Ruidoso vacation affordable. Learn everything you need to know to plan your Ruidoso camping trip now!
Ruidoso’s first off-road adventure specialist, Backcountry Attitudes, provides 4×4 off-roading adventures through scenic wilderness and mountain terrain for a unique backcountry adventure.
Thanks to over a million acres of National Forest and wilderness areas, virtually every corner of Ruidoso is waiting to be discovered.
From dazzling night skies to snow-capped peaks and evergreen forests, here are five reasons to make a Ruidoso mountain vacation your next adventure.
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.
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.
Witness panoramic vistas from the top of Ski Apache. Look for wildlife and enjoy the cool temperatures of Sierra Blanca Peak. For extra fun, rent a mountain bike at Ski Apache, take it up the mountain on the gondola, and ride down.
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.
Looking for a place to hike in Ruidoso? AllTrails has 19 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers.
This adrenaline-pumping, three-span zip tour begins above 11,000 feet with parallel cables so riders can ride side-by-side. It also spans over 8,900 feet in length, making it one of the longest in the world while offering a thrilling and unforgettable experience.
There are few better ways to connect with the beauty of the National Forest than on horseback. Discover the places and trails where you can ride your horse in Lincoln National Forest.
Use these tips to get on your way camping with the entire family and create camping memories now.
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.
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.
Take in the beautiful scenery during an unforgettable horseback ride. Riding stables at the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort are open summer and fall, weather permitting. Reservations required.
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.
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.
AllTrails.com shares their list of the best trails for wildlife sightings near Ruidoso, according to user reviews and data. See the highlights here.
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.
The Smokey Bear Ranger District in Ruidoso offers many different recreation opportunities for all seasons including picnicking, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, camping and more.
For decades, local business owners and community promoters talked about building a trail along the route of the Rio Ruidoso to allow visitors and full-time resident to enjoy the sound of the stream and to stop at occasional benches to contemplate the scenery around them. — USA TODAY
The Valley of Fires Recreation Area provides access to the Malpaís, an ancient lava flow, on the east edge of the Carrizozo Malpais about 3 miles west of Carrizozo on U.S. Route 380.
Each winter, the lakes in Lincoln County become home to about 20 bald eagles, who arrive in November from Canada, Wyoming and Colorado. - Ruidoso News
Some 377 species of birds have been observed on the refuge since 1940. The wetlands attract the huge flocks of wintering cranes and geese that are the refuge's most interesting feature. Many other species—notably waterfowl, shorebirds, and birds of prey—also winter in the refuge. Striking vagrants such as a groove-billed ani have been found there.