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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.
Join Sentinel Ranch Winery at The Hurd la Rinconada Gallery in San Patricio for wine tasting, wine cocktails, New Mexico beer, wine by the glass, and gourmet snacks. May 24, 25, and 27, 2019 from 10am-5pm.
Memorial Day weekend at Ruidoso Downs Race Track features the top two-and-three-year-old quarter horses in the world competing in the Ruidoso Futurity/Derby Trials and $100k Maiden Stakes Final, an ATV Giveaway and the Yarbrough Band.
For a true "western" experience join the Flying J Wranglers, complete with gunfights, pony rides, stage show, gold panning, gift shops and a chuckwagon style BBQ dinner. The Flying J Ranch is Monday through Saturday from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and on Saturdays September through mid-October.
Call it an encore! Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, the Grammy-nominated and GMA Dove Award-winning southern gospel music group, returns and launches the summer season at Spencer Theater with vocal grace and heavenly harmonies.
Join the growing gathering of gospel music lovers at Sacred Grounds Coffee & Teahouse for this unique Memorial Day Weekend celebration in song. You can now purchase advance reservations online for Chef Zach’s tasty buffet brunch. Ticket price: $15.
Country Music fans mark your calendars! We are proud to host the 2nd Annual All American Country Music Festival at Wingfield Park in Ruidoso. We guarantee it will bigger and better than the first (which ROCKED!). Backdropped by Sierra Blanca peak and surrounded by pine trees, cool breezes and clear blue skies the music, food, and drinks take a front seat over Memorial Day weekend in Ruidoso.
High stakes racing continues at Ruidoso Downs Race Track during this exciting tournament weekend with the $25k Dash for Speed Stakes, the $25k John Deer Juvenile, and $30k First Lady Handicap. Plus, a slot machine and golf tournament to round out the excitement.
Catch the Parade through Midtown beginning at 9:00 am Saturday morning. Then watch as the teams race their beds back to Zipline Park for a Chile Cookoff. Following the race there will be activities at the park! All proceeds benefit the High Mountain Youth Project.
Linda Davis, a member of the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame, 3x Grammy winner and a bona fide Nashville favorite, shares her exceptional talents in a two-part concert program at Spencer Theater.
Which two-year-old becomes an overnight sensation by winning the first leg of quarter horse racing’s triple crown? We will all find out together by watching the finals of the $1-million (est.) Ruidoso Futurity. The simulcast of thoroughbred racing’s Belmont Stakes will also be featured on Saturday with a $500 handicapping contest, plus the $100k Mr. Jess Perry and $100k Ruidoso Juvenile races.
Spencer Theater is calling for 50 to 60 young actors age 6-17 to participate in this summer’s Missoula Children’s Theatre musical, The Snow Queen. Auditions are Monday, June 3rd at 9am
The Bellamy Brothers bring to the Spencer Theater stage their latest compilation that celebrates their 40 year career.
It's Father's Day Weekend and Ruidoso Downs Race Track and Casino is celebrating with "Family Day" on Sunday. $1 hot dogs, $1 popcorn, $1 sodas and $1 ice cream. There will be stick horse racing for the kids on the race track.
Break out the small rods and reels for young anglers to tests their skills. Grindstone Lake in Ruidoso will be teeming with activity the morning of June 15, 2019, as children line the shore to try out their casting arms.
The “Taste of the Spencer” is the toast of the town as patrons, friends and supporters from near and far indulge their senses, Spencer style. The night’s program includes gourmet food tastings prepared by the Spencer Theater culinary staff, generous pours of wine, and the silent and live auction of fine items from throughout the country. $70
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.
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.
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.
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.
Driving directions to Ruidoso, NM, from regional airports.
95% of wildfires are caused by people. Do your part to keep Ruidoso safe by keeping these tips in mind before you leave home as well as on the trail to make for an enjoyable outdoor experience in 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.