2 Ruidoso Lakes You Might Not Know About But Should

Summer scenic, Alto Lake, Ruidoso, NM

Summer scenic, Alto Lake, Ruidoso, NM

Winter scenic, Grindstone Lake, Ruidoso, NM

Winter scenic, Grindstone Lake, Ruidoso, NM

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.

Both Alto and Grindstone lakes are regularly stocked with rainbow trout, and on occasion catfish and smallmouth bass and year round fishing is permitted at both lakes with the proper licensingShore Fishing Hours:  5:00 am to 11:00 p.m. Vessel Fishing Hours:  Dawn to Dusk

Keep a camera handy for wildlife sightings as the lake areas are home to black bear, deer, elk, blue heron, osprey, and bald or golden eagles. A viewing platform at Grindstone Lake has been dedicated to viewing these wondrous birds and their acrobatic feeding routine.

Non-motorized boating is allowed year-round. A permit is required and is available for purchase online.

Mountain bikers, hikers and horseback riders all utilize the miles of scenic, multi-use trails that circle both lakes. Please be courteous in interactions with fellow trail users.

Check out the TripAdvisor reviews of Grindstone Lake here.

No fees for parking, entrance, or picnicking.
Pets must be on a leash.
A state of New Mexico fishing license for those 12 years and older is required.

Shore Fishing Hours:  5:00 am to 11:00 p.m.

Vessel Fishing Hours:  Dawn to Dusk

Boat Permits:
One day $15
Three day $25
Annual (valid for 12 months from date of purchase) $50
Permits can be purchased online, or Monday thru Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at the Parks & Recreation office located at 535 Resort Drive, Ruidoso, NM.