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Ruidoso Travel Essentials
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One of the oldest and most revered groups in Mexican banda is bringing their classic sound to Inn of the Mountain Gods at 7 PM on Friday, January 19, 2018 La Original Banda El Limon features 17 members and a unique sound that expertly balances old and new forms of Latin music. Tickets start at $29
Warrant and Winger will be rocking out at Inn of the Mountain Gods on Saturday, January 20, 2018. Tickets start at just $25
Garnering armfuls of awards in all aspects of theatrics, STOMP is explosive, witty, utterly unique! Household items and industrial objects find new life as musical instruments in this exhilarating combination of percussion, movement and visual comedy. It is a journey through sound, the pulse of humanity. Don’t miss that beat! Smoked Pork Loin Buffet ($20) at 5 p.m.
Australia’s most debonair musical export - The TEN Tenors - deliver a dynamic mix of vocal power ranging from high-tone opera, to jazz, disco, modern and classic pop – always with a stylized flair that leaves audiences breathless. Renowned as a musical force to be reckoned with, The TEN Tenors have impressed literally millions of fans on three continents and shared their commanding charm and vocal virtuosity at such venues as London’s Royal Albert Hall, the Sydney Opera House,
Multi-platinum country artist Josh Turner is bringing some of the most widely recognized country music hits to Inn of the Mountain Gods at 8 PM on Friday, February 23, 2018. You won’t want to miss an evening with this Grammy Award-winning country crooner!
With an amazing cast of shelter rescue pets (cats, dogs, birds and the occasional goat & miniature pony), this “Entertainer of the Year” big top tent star relays the talents of his many four-legged friends. Roasted Red Chile Turkey Buffet ($20) at 6 p.m.
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.
Are you the “Fastest in the Wild West?” Prove it by competing for the Lone Star Cup at the Apache Star Race Course! The fastest boarder and skier of the day will win awesome prizes and swag and be given a trophy along with bragging rights for the year! *Weather permitting. For more information, call 575-464-3600 or visit SkiApache.com.
Legendary rockers Three Dog Night are set to perform at Inn of the Mountain Gods on Saturday, March 11. Formed in 1967 around lead vocalists Cory Wells, Chuck Negron, Michael Allsup and Danny Hutton. Danny hunt along with Michael Allsup are both the band’s original members of Three Dog Night. Michael’s talent is key in helping to create Three Dog Night’s sound both in the studio and live along with Danny who really helped form this band.
The party never ends with Keen, a Texas troubadour considered one of the most influential singer/songwriters in red dirt country. Keen appears with his long-time band members on guitars, drums and steel guitar: “Corpus Christi Bay,” “Feeling Good Again,” “Gringo Honeymoon,” “The Road Goes On Forever.”Sponsored in-part by Fusion Medical Spa. Deep Fried Catfish Buffet ($20) at 5 p.m.
Families and children of all ages are invited to join our community Easter Egg Hunt to search for Easter Eggs at Cedar Creek Campground while enjoying fire engine rides and a visit with the Easter Bunny and Smokey Bear.Please be on time. The Egg Hunt starts 10:00am sharp!
Based on the true story behind the man who wrote the world’s most beloved song: John Newton, the English slave trader turned Anglican priest and abolitionist. AMAZING GRACE stars a cast of 30 singers, dancers, actors and orchestra musicians. The sweeping tale radiates with romance, rebellion and redemption. Bourbon Glazed Ham Buffet ($20) at 5 p.m.
Their sound is stirring, spot-on, incredible, a replica of the real deal. The BBC has called their delivery “a masterpiece.” The BOOKENDS are two Brits, Dan Haynes and Pete Richards, with sterling vocals & guitars. They'll be joined by a string quartet. Beef Short Risb Buffet ($20) at 5 p.m.
12 Hours in the Wild West is New Mexico’s season opener for endurance mountain biking! The event has moved to the Village of Ruidoso and the Grindstone Lake Trail System. The move is awesome for many reasons: spectacular, purpose-built mountain bike trails and a great staging/camping area that will be more sheltered from the dust and wind. We will also be right in town with easy access to Ruidoso restaurants, hotels, and services. Seriously, you could roll to the start from several hotels in Ruidoso. Come see why everyone raves about the Grindstone Lake trail system! This move is going to make the 12 Hours in the Wild West your new favorite Zia Rides event.
Original, highly acclaimed production of Cinderella is a light-hearted retelling of the beloved fairy tale. Spectacular choreography, opulent sets and cutting-edge hilarity, this is an award-winning production by the award-winning Santa Barbara-based company of 18 professional dancers from across the globe. Green Chile Shrimp or Chiken Pasta Buffet ($20) at noon.
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.
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.