Discover the most amazing places for a Ruidoso autumn getaway. We’ve compiled our fall vacation ideas—all our top attractions, best food, cultural happenings, most memorable activities – and popular summer events are worth traveling for. Meet the locals, find the best deals from our partners, and learn how to get here, get around, and find accommodations.
Fall Trip Ideas
Autumn is one of Ruidoso’s most enjoyable seasons with crisp weather, changing colors and not as many visitors. Here are some fun (and often free!) things to do this Fall.
Discover everything you need to know about Grindstone Lake, one of Ruidoso's most popular recreation areas located just minutes from downtown Ruidoso.
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!
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.
Enjoy a day of gallery hopping in Ruidoso's Midtown shopping district with this recommended art itinerary.
To get a quick taste of the diverse landscapes that surround our mountain oasis, start with these day trips from Ruidoso.
Quench your thirst for New Mexico craft beers and wines at these local hangouts
A Ruidoso vacation cabin can be a fairy-tale escape — a place to curl up with a good book in front of the fireplace or conquer the nearby ski hills. Ready to cozy up to your own slice of cabin bliss? Here are a few visitor favorites to help get you started.
What's the weather in Ruidoso? Check out the official Village of Ruidoso Tourism Webcam from its strategic point overlooking Midtown in the heart of Ruidoso’s shopping and restaurant district with Sierra Blanca towering in the distance.
Discover the best of Ruidoso with YOLO TX travel TV host Aerin Carreno as she shares her Ruidoso adventures in Season 2 opener.
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.
Inspired by the heritage of the Mescalero tribe, the new The Spa at the Inn offers a wide array of signature facials, relaxing body treatments, manicures and pedicures, waxing treatments and high-end salon services.
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.
Food writer Lauran Monitz spent the weekend cowgirling it up at her first Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium. Check out her tips for making the most of your visit.
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.
From patios to fireplaces and cozy corners to curl up and chat, here are some delicious Ruidoso breakfast spots for the most important meal of the day.
Ruidoso is a place where locals love to sit back and let the opinions fly. A place where hipsters, old hippies, ski bums, and local eccentrics mingle with tourists to sip strong coffee and solve the world's problems.
Upcoming Fall Events
Although the gates are open every day for visitors, few people get to experience the fort after dark. Conducted after dark, rangers. historians, and the Paranormal Society greet and guide visitors. Half-hour guided tours will begin at 6:OO p.m. and end at 10:00 p.m. Cost is $10 per person, children under 12 are free.
Join us for Midtown Trick-or-Treating and a Haunted Halloween on October 31st from 3:00 - 6:00 PM. There will be Halloween photo booths, pumpkin decorating contests, FREE hot dogs, FREE hot cocoa, book giveaway, costume contests, trick or treating, and more!. We will be closing Sudderth between Chase and Country Club in order to create a safer environment for our community. See you there!
Don't miss this lively annual community Day of the Dead celebration in Lincoln, NM, honoring the stories, lives, and legacies of those who passed away. Come and join the fun with music, dance, family activities, face painting, altar-offerings, arts and crafts, plus food and drink. This community event is free to the public.
Celebrate Dia de Los Muertos with Ruidoso Parks and Rec at Wingfield Park. There will be food, drinks, and plenty of activities for the whole family.
Gear up for this free family event featuring food, entertainment, and raffles as Ski Apache kicks off the 2019-2020 ski season. Enjoy gondola rides, hiking, the Apache Wind Rider ZipTour, mountain biking and discounted rates on gear. Plus, a special one-day-only discounted rate for season passes.
Put down that fork and put on your running shoes for the After Turkey–Turkey Trot in Ruidoso, a 5K Run-Walk around The Links at Sierra Blanca. Registration begins at 8:30 AM with entry fee of one or more cans of food to support the Lincoln County Food Bank. T-Shirts will be handed out to the first 30 who register as sizes and supplies last.