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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.
Don’t miss the second leg of the quarter horse triple crown! The $1 Million Rainbow Derby Finals runs on Saturday, July 20 and the $1.5 Million Rainbow Futurity runs on Sunday, July 21, 2019. $100k Corona Cartel on Saturday and the $100k Rainbow Juvenile on Sunday.
THE ULTIMATE ELO EXPERIENCE shares The Electric Light Orchestra’s ambitious and irresistible fusion of pop, melodic rock, classical arrangements, and futuristic iconography of the 1970s in ELO classics like “Don’t Bring Me Down,” “Xanadu,” “Shine A Little Love,” “Evil Woman,” “Telephone Line,” “Strange Magic” and more.
Fine art lovers from around the southwest make an annual trip to Ruidoso for this juried fine arts show that features over 100 of the nation’s most talented artists showcasing a broad spectrum of mediums, showcasing collectible art and jewelry.
Zia Festival Weekend- Over 60 vendors in Grandstand and Tent. Multiple New Mexico Stakes Races. Saturday night concert by Jake Hooker 7 p.m. Tickets $20 each, call 575-378-4431. New Mexico HBA party, Children’s Activities in tent.
See trailblazing country music star, Charley Pride, as he hits the stage on Friday, July 26 at Inn of the Mountain Gods.
A great family event starting & finishing at Wingfield Park using 2 different running trails at Grindstone Lake in midtown Ruidoso. It is sanctioned by USA Track & Field and the American Trail Running Association. Great Ruidoso carved bears as awards. It is a benefit for the Ski Apache Adaptive Sports & Ecoservants.
This is an opportunity for runners to train in the high altitude and cooler temperatures of the Sacramento Mountains. There are three runs: a 4-mile course, an 8.5-mile course & a half marathon. Each run will begin and end in Wingfield Park in mid-town Ruidoso.
Fort Stanton will be hosting its fifth annual March on Rome World War II reenactment and Living History display on Saturday, July 27, 2019, on the grounds of the fort. Authentic camps for both Allied and Axis forces will be open to the public between 4 and 6 p.m. with a public show battle beginning at 5:30 p.m. Attendance is free to the public, although donations to Fort Stanton are welcome.
For the Zia Festival on July 29th, Ruidoso Downs welcomes Jake Hooker and the Outsiders to play on the track. Hooker plays a standup bass in front of the stage while belting out southwestern swing covers. General admission tickets are $10 each. The show is sponsored by Dr. Pepper, and patrons can bring a can to the box office and receive a $5 discount off a ticket to the show. TICKETS or call 575-378-4431.
Don’t miss chart-topping country music star, Gary Allan, Saturday, July 27 at Inn of the Mountain Gods!
In the big voice year of ‘96 a dreamy song called “Strawberry Wine” came on the radio and captured the hearts of millions of country music fans around the world. The tune, by 30-year-old newcomer Deana Carter, featured her soft, sensual voice in a tune about expectations.
This free, self-guided tour offers you the chance to explore behind the scenes of the Alto art community. The public is invited to visit private studios and homes throughout Alto to interact with local professional artists.
The Oak Ridge Boys’ music is timeless. Their four-part harmony country-gospel music was pure and beautiful 50 years ago, and remains so today. Their stage show is one of the most dynamic on tour today. Among their chart-topping hits are “Elvira,” “Bobbie Sue,” “American Made,” and “Fancy Free.” Expect these gems and more as The Oak Ridge Boys perform with their band at the acoustically divine Spencer Theater.
A folk pageant with re-enactors portraying Billy the Kid's last escape and the notorious Lincoln County War - plus food vendors, live music, food and a parade.
Don’t miss the second annual Chile the Kid Beer and Wine Festival Presented by City Bank on August 2-4. Chile Roasting and Wine/Beer Tastings all weekend. Tickets $15. The Long Run (Eagles Tribute Band) performs Fri/Sat at 6 p.m.
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.