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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.
Enjoy Ruidoso’s first-class tubing area, Ruidoso Winter Park, with twists, turns, bumps, jumps and bobsled curves and tubing fun for the entire family. Opening day is scheduled (weather permitting) for Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2018. Please call to confirm. 575-336-7079
Looking for a place for Thanksgiving Dinner while you are enjoying your Holiday Weekend in Ruidoso? Here’s a helpful list of restaurants that will be open.
During the winter holiday season, there are sleigh rides through the historic upper canyon with Grindstone Stables. No snow is required to enjoy a crisp winter evening and the holiday decorations of Ruidoso's oldest neighborhood. Call Grindstone Stables at 575-257-2241 to make reservations, or visit grindstonestables.com
Put down that fork and put on your running shoes for the After Turkey–Turkey Trot in Ruidoso, a 5K Run-Walk around The Links at Sierra Blanca. Registration begins at 8:30 AM with entry fee of one or more cans of food to support the Lincoln County Food Bank. T-Shirts will be handed out to the first 30 who register as sizes and supplies last.
Do not miss the King of the Accordion take center stage at Inn of the Mountain Gods. Tickets start at just $30 and doors open at 7 p.m.
Bring the kids for this FREE event filled with sweet treats, family-friendly entertainment and spectacular Christmas Tree Lighting. While you’re there, you can try your luck at the casino, schedule a spa treatment, or enjoy a meal at one of the resort’s many restaurant venues.
Please come out and kick off the Christmas Season while viewing the beautiful Christmas lights put up by the Parks and Recreation Department. Enjoy Christmas carolers, music, sleigh rides, and don’t miss your visit with Santa Claus.
Sharing the Harmony. VoicePlay, a 5-member full a cappella group is unlike any theatrical experience available today. They recreate the entire orchestrated sound of a musical production with nothing but the human voice!
Beautifully lit and fantastically festive, the Festival of Lights–Parade of Lights starts at 5:30 pm from the corner of Sudderth/Mechem, through Midtown, down to the Chamber of Commerce.
The Ruidoso Valley Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Toys for Tots and encourage everyone to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the Parade of Lights. During the parade Toys for Tots will have a float and will be collecting toys. Marines will be walking along the float picking up the toys that are brought to the parade.
After enjoying the Festival of Lights Parade in Midtown, head over to Wingfield Park for a free Festival of Lights After Party. Beginning at 7:00 PM, there will be food, drinks, an outdoor showing of “It’s A Wonderful Life”, winter activities for the kids, fire pits for roasting marshmallows, and Santa will be on hand for photos. Be sure to join the fun!
Get ready for Ski Apache Opening Day! The mountain is scheduled to open December 7, 2018, at 9 AM. (Weather permitting)
You don’t want to miss Tracy live in concert as he performs some of his biggest hits at Inn of the Mountain Gods on Saturday, December 8.
Create historic holiday crafts and interact with living historians to discover what life was like at a frontier fort during the holiday season.
This original adaptation of Tchaikovsky's Christmas classic is true eye-candy with outstanding dancers, lavish sets, special effects and gorgeous costumes. Performance proceeds benefit the nonprofit Dalí Ballet. Saturday, December 22, 2 pm & 7 pm. Sunday, December 23, 2 pm. $30
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.
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.
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.