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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.
For 50 years, the village of Ruidoso in the southern mountains of New Mexico has hosted riders and enthusiasts for the Golden Aspen (Est. 1969) and AspenCash (Est. 1997) motorcycle rallies. In 2019, the Golden Aspen Rally returns to the Ruidoso Downs Racetrack September 18 - 22, 2019. To learn more, visit MotorcycleRally.com
Raw, dirty, melodic, sonic watershed. Dirty Brown Jug Band is an evolution of musical styling; the lovechild of outlaw country, rock, blues and something completely new to the aural pathway. Dirty Brown Jug Band is bringing something fresh to the stage in Ruidoso at Sacred Grounds and it goes down smooth. Get your tickets now.
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
Do you love rockin’ blues, hot BBQ and ice-cold beer? Then don’t miss the 4th annual Brews, Blues & BBQ on September 21 from Noon – 6 pm. Enjoy some of the tastiest BBQ around and choose from over 200 beers. $25 gets you 10 4-ounce pours of your favorite brews. Plus, enjoy free live music on the lawn next to the beautiful shores of Lake Mescalero.
With a world-class horn section, a rocking rhythm section and sky-high vocals, Brass Transit transports audiences back to the freewheeling days of the 70s and the multi-platinum songbook of Chicago, arguably the greatest jazz-rock band of all time.
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.
See the award-winning country band Sawyer Brown as they take the stage at Inn of the Mountain Gods on Friday, October 11th.
Foodies won’t want to miss this evening of gourmet food and cooking demonstrations by Celebrity Chef Emeril Lagasse! Known for his hit shows on the Food Network, the Amazon original series Eat the World with Emeril Lagasse and as the food correspondent for ABC’s Good Morning America, Emeril is the chef and proprietor of 11 restaurants and the bestselling author of 19 cookbooks. Tickets are $70 and include a delectable dinner. Doors open at 7 pm and the show starts at 8 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.
REZA has taken the art of illusion to a new level, brining his rock concert style magic show to Ruidoso at the Spencer Theater on October 25, 2019. Don’t miss it!
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 Ruidoso Parks and Rec for Midtown Trick-or-Treating and a Haunted Halloween at Wingfield Park on October 31st from 3:00 - 5:00 PM. There's a costume contest for children 17 and younger. Pumpkin carving, glow necklace, candy and much more. 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.
Tips on how to dress and gear up for your Ruidoso winter vacation. Think warm layers, a hat and gloves, waterproof jackets, cozy pullovers, wool socks and more.
To get a quick taste of the diverse landscapes that surround our mountain oasis, start with these day trips from Ruidoso.
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.
How to get to Ruidoso? Driving directions to Ruidoso, NM, from Albuquerque, El Paso, and Roswell airports.
For Ruidoso visitors arriving without a personal vehicle, these local 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.
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.
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.