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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.
Watch Live Racing! It's opening weekend for a summer filled with quarter horse and thoroughbred racing. Our spectacular summer races take place every weekend with a 1:00 pm post time. Admission is free and children are always welcome.
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.
Enjoy Grammy-nominated and GMA Dove Award winning Ernie Haase + Signature Sound sing Gospel for an evening of praiseworthy and powerful music.
Explore the grounds and historic buildings of Lincoln with a costumed guide; interact with other costumed living historians, and storytellers, and see Lincoln in a way few get to. Cost is $5 per person, children under 10 are free.
Come out to support the new All American Ruidoso Downs Foundation. The evening will start off at 6 PM with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres followed by a 7 PM show. Tickets are $75 general admission and $150 reserved seating.
Tickets for this special event are $99 and include the following: Friday night reception, Saturday lunch, Entrance into Ruidoso Downs Turf Club, Official racing program, $20 free slot play at Billy the Kid Casino, Ticket to Flatland Cavalry concert. Registration deadline is May 1, 2018.
Based on the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock film, The 39 Steps is about an ordinary man who is framed for murder and caught up in the dealings of a secret spy organization. The typical twists and turns of Hitchcock are multiplied by ten with the constant changing roles transforming this production into a fast paced thriller.
Catch the Parade on Sudderth heading west from Eagle to Grindstone Canyon Road beginning at 10 am Saturday morning. Then watch as the teams race their beds back to Center Street and Wingfield Park. Following the race there will be activities at the park! All proceeds benefit the High Mountain Youth Project.
Don't miss Flatland Cavalry's energetic blend of Country-Folk-Americana in this live concert at Ruidoso Downs Race Track on June 2, 2018 at 8 PM.
Enjoy the richly atmospheric music of guitarist Ottmar Liebert and his multi-instrumental band, Luna Negra, an eclectic mix of Spanish gypsy and contemporary grooves.
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.
This sporting clay competition offers over $5000 in prizes! There will be door prizes, raffles, live music, games and chances to win a 2018 Polaris Ranger Crew! Your support will help expand University facilities while safeguarding the vital programs that ENMU-Ruidoso provides. Early register online by June 3, 2018.
The “Taste of the Spencer” continues to be 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. $65
The grandstands will be decorated and we will be celebrating Mexican Fiesta Weekend at the Ruidoso Downs Racetrack and Casino. Don't miss the concert Saturday night with AB Quintanilla Electro Cumbia All-Stars!
The simple joys of The Mills Brothers set a standard in Pop-Jazz-Americana that remains undiminished. With a steady stream of mega-hits including Three Coins In A Fountain, Across The Alley From The Alamo, Paper Doll, Get A Job, The Glow Worm, and so many more, they are still sharing that magic and influence. Friday, June 22, 8pm • $39 - $69. Angus Beef Green Chile Meatloaf Buffet at 6pm • $20
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.
To get a quick taste of the diverse landscapes that surround our mountain oasis, start with these day trips from Ruidoso.
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.
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.
For Ruidoso visitors arriving without a personal vehicle, the following transportation alternatives are available.