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Ruidoso Travel Essentials
To help you plan your Ruidoso vacation, browse these travel essentials, including weather forecasts, upcoming and annual events, packing and driving advice, military savings, and much more.
This annual cycling race, sponsored by Bicycle Ruidoso, is a very challenging 100-mile Century ride beginning at an elevation of 6,900 ft and touring through one of the most scenic and challenging cycling routes in New Mexico. Register here
Build & fly your own kite, food & drinks, and kite demonstrations at the White Mountain Sports Complex. Spend a Sunday with family and friends. See the kites fly, see them swirl and see them do acrobatics in the sky. A perfect way to kick off fall with outdoor fun in a park setting. For more information call Parks & Recreation at: 575-257-5030
Inn of the Mountain Gods is bringing great food, cold beers and soulful tunes together for Brews, Blues & BBQ at noon on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017. Choose from over 200 different beers, enjoy some of the best BBQ anywhere, and listen to live blues bands on the lawn in front of Lake Mescalero.
Charlie Daniels and Marshall Tucker are coming to Inn of the Mountain Gods stage October 6 at 8pm!
Ruidoso's celebration of the fall season includes a parade through Midtown, an arts and crafts fair, a rod run and car show, and the New Mexico State Open Chili Cook-Off.
Each year at the Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium there is ALWAYS stellar entertainment, ALWAYS a chuckwagon cook-off, ALWAYS great family fun, and ALWAYS a great exhibition of western wares with over 100 vendors and their unique products for you to buy. Plus mounted shooting competition and equestrian demonstrations.
Calling All Party People: Gear up for a day of food, fun, entertainment, and raffles to kick off the 2017-2018 ski season at Ski Apache's Party on the Mountain. Plus, it’s your LAST chance to purchase discounted passes. October 14, 2017 9 AM to 5 PM.
Great food, great beer, great music, arts & crafts - and "dressing for the occasion" is encouraged! Don't miss our very own Kinderhall featuring all kinds of fun and games for the kids! Food booths feature delicious German staples such as Bratwurst, schnitzels and sauerkraut.
Embrace the season and join the Ruidoso Greeters for a timeless and treasured tradition, the Christmas Jubilee at the Ruidoso Convention Center. Friday, November 10th noon till 6 PM, Saturday November 11th 10 AM - 6 PM and Sunday, November 12th 11 AM - 4 PM. Admission is only $1.00 and active military are free. Over 80 local merchants and a food court. There will be a Santa Room and Storytelling on Saturday and Sunday. Get a great start on your holiday shopping by visiting the Jubilee.
Beautifully lit and fantastically festive, the annual Ruidoso Festival of Lights Parade starts at 5:30 pm from the corner of Sudderth/Mechem, through Midtown, down to the Chamber of Commerce.
Calling all foodies and wine lovers: For savory eats and New Mexico wines, this festival promises eclectic tastings, hands-on cooking demos and wine-related specialty items.
Whether you’re headed to Ruidoso for a relaxing family vacation or an active mountain getaway, here’s a list of our best packing tips.
To get a quick taste of the diverse landscapes that surround our mountain oasis, start with these day trips from Ruidoso.
With over 300 days of sunshine every year, there is no one best time to visit Ruidoso. No matter when you plan your trip, there's something for everyone. Winter is synonymous with skiing and snowboarding. In summer, it's time for horse racing and escaping the heat. But locals know that Ruidoso is just as spectacular off-season.
Driving directions to Ruidoso, NM, from regional airports.
For Ruidoso visitors arriving without a personal vehicle, the following transportation alternatives are available.
Getting to Ruidoso and Lincoln County is easy. It's leaving that's difficult. Most visitors arrive by car, however, bus, plane, or even a horse will get you here.
Ruidoso hosts many exciting festivals and annual events. Check out our events calendar for what's happening during your visit and throughout the year.
Ruidoso prides itself on being a pet-friendly destination. Most of our visitor accommodations welcome pets as do many restaurants with outdoor seating areas. Some of our local businesses keep pet treats on hand just for your furry friends.
Ruidoso is proud to offer special Military travel deals for active and retired service members. As a member of the armed forces, you'll save with exclusive discounts and offers from local shops, hotels, resorts, restaurants, and attractions.
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.