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Ruidoso

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Ruidoso [1] is a premier resort destination in southeastern New Mexico. Its attractions include pleasant mountain recreation, golf, dining, shopping, fine art and world-caliber horse racing. During the summer population triples as New Mexicans and Texans arrive to enjoy the horse races, gambling, and cool mountain air.

Get in[edit]

Ruidoso is on US 70 between Alamogordo and Roswell; the latter has daily air service to Dallas/Fort Worth and four weekly flights to Los Angeles via American Eagle, the regional affiliate of American Airlines. The nearest airports with major commercial air service are in Albuquerque and El Paso, each about 150 miles away.

Get around[edit]

See[edit][add listing]

  • Village of Ruidoso Tourism Office (Ruidoso Tourism), 313 Cree Meadows Drive, Ruidoso, New Mexico 88345, 575-257-7395, [2]. The Village of Ruidoso Tourism Office is dedicated to the promotion of Ruidoso as the premier resort destination in Southern New Mexico. By providing visitors with a wide variety of attractions, events, accommodations, restaurants and retail businesses, visitors may arrive as “tourists,” but return home as “family."  edit
  • Ruidoso Downs Race Track and Casino, in the adjacent village of Ruidoso Downs, [3]. Horse racing from Memorial Day to September, culminating in the major All American Futurity, a $2-million event on Labor Day that bills itself as the richest quarter-horse race in the United States.
  • Hubbard Museum of the American West, 841 US 70 West (Ruidoso Downs), +1 575 378-4142, [4]. Open 7 days 9 AM - 5 PM; fee. Includes the Ruidoso Downs Racing Hall of Fame.
  • Fort Stanton State Historic Site (Fort Stanton), 104 Kit Carson Road Fort Stanton NM (From Ruidoso, take Hwy 48 North for 7 miles. At NM 220, turn right. Stay on 220 for 12 1/2 miles, Fort Stanton is on the left.), 575-354-0341, [5]. Mon-Sat 10-4, Sunday Noon-4. Fort Stanton was established in 1855 to protect settlers journeying to the region from the indigenous Apache Indians who claimed the lands as their own. New Mexico’s newest historic site features over 155 years of southwestern history ranging from its initial creation as a military garrison to its significance as the first tuberculosis hospital in the state, to an internment camp for German seaman during World War II. Free.  edit


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  • Ruidoso Disc Golf, (Directions: Off of Sudderth Dr. (the main street in Midtown Ruidoso, go (south) on Center St., then (right) on Wingfield St. then (left) on Grindstone Canyon Rd. then (right) on Resort Dr. Course is on the left Hole 1 is left of parking lot below Grindstone Dam.), [6]. 27 hole disc golf, a great and low cost way to enjoy the outdoors with your family. If you don't own any discs, see the above link to pick some up in town. FREE, if you bring your own discs..  edit
  • Ski Apache (Ski Apache), 1286 Ski Run Road Mescalero, NM 88312, 800-545-9011, [7]. 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Ski Apache in Mescalero, New Mexico's premier ski and snowboard resort, offers dozens of trails for skiers and snowboarders of all levels.  edit
  • Ruidoso Winter Park - Tubing, (1/4 mile west of Hwy 48 on Ski Run Rd.), 575-336-7079, [8]. 0am to 5pm, smetimes 9pm.. Magic carpet lifts, be whisked to the top of the hill on a moving conveyor! An area for smaller kids available.  edit
  • Lincoln National Forest, [9]. The White Mountain Wilderness is right next to Ruidoso and contains opportunities for all outdoor activities.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Mitchell's Fine Jewelry, Turquoise & Silver, 2622 Sudderth Drive (Sudderth Drive between Grindstone Canyon Drive and Center Street), 575-257-6924, [10]. 10am5pm daily. Mitchell's has been selling high end authentic Native American crafted jewelry since 1983. They have one of the largest selections of hand made jewelry in Ruidoso. On selected weekends, come and meet some of the Native Americans and watch them make jewelry. Besides jewelry, Mitchell's offers a varied selection of Southwest gifts, pottery and clothing. Customized jewelry, special orders and refurbishing of your jewelry available.  edit


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  • The Lodge at Sierra Blanca (Lodge at Sierra Blanca), 107 Sierra Blanca Drive, Ruidoso, NM 88345, 866-211-7727, [11]. checkin: 3:00 pm; checkout: 12:00 pm. The Lodge at Sierra Blanca is a favority destination for couples and families with an indoor pool, surrounding golf, adjacent dog park, patio with fire pit and barbeques, cozy bar and a complimentary breakfast with omelet bar. Rooms and suites have kitchenettes and amazing views. Most suites feature a king bed, living area with a gas fireplace and sofa sleeper, private balcony and a 2-person jacuzzi tub. (33.360696,-105.662486) edit
  • Story Book Cabins, 410 Main Road, Ruidoso NM 88345, 888-257-2115, [12]. Upscale rustic knotty pine cabins nestled amid the tall trees of Ruidoso's Upper Canyon. Amenities include full kitchen, washer/dryer, fireplace, hot tub, and deck views of Sierra Blanca. $119 - $349. (33.334137,-105.6918883) edit
  • Forest Home Cabins, 436 Main Road, 575-257-4504, [13]. Describes itself as "1, 2 and 3 bedroom rental cabins offer comfortable lodging with rustic charm.
  • Black Bear Lodge, 428 Main Road, +1 877 257-1459, [14]. Describes itself as "a Bed & Breakfast retreat for single adults or couples." All rooms non-smoking.
  • Inn of the Mountain Gods, Carrizo Road, +1 800 545-9011, [15]. A well-known casino/resort on the adjacent Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation just south of town.
  • Condotel Corporation, 1103 Mechem Drive, +1 800 545-9017, Offers vacation rental condos, cabins, and homes of all sizes throughout the Ruidoso, NM region.
  • JD's Tree House,[16], One of Condotel's vacation rentals, +1 800 545-9017, 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, fireplce, hot tub, in the tall cool pines of Ruidoso, NM.
  • Best Western Pine Springs Inn, 1420 W. Highway 70, 888-353-2793, [17].
  • Romantic Ruidoso Cabins, 300 Main Rd, 800-950-2510, [18]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. Romantic rental cabins for couples nestled in the cool pines of Ruidoso's historic Upper Canyon. Amenities include in-room whirlpool, fireplace, and air conditioning. $99 - $229. (33°20'04.18 N,105°41'23.90 W) edit
  • Ruidoso River Resort & Inn, 206 Eagle Drive, Ruidoso NM 88345 (Off Sudderth, in Midtown, torn at Eagle Drive, near the river), 877-624-2254, [19]. Beautifully decorated one, two and three bedroom suites with fireplace, flat panel TV, private bath, upscale kitchen, gas BBQ grills, courtyard with waterfall, fire pit and seating area. Starting from $100/day.  edit
  • Ruidoso Upper Canyon Lodging Guide, [20]. Directory of fine lodging and budget accommodations in Upper Canyon, Ruidoso, New Mexico, including rental cabins, cottages, inns and lodges.  edit
  • Canyon Creek Lodge, 900 Carrizo Canyon Road, 855-I-LUV-CCL, [21]. Ruidoso rental condos available by the night, just one mile from the casino. $79-$169.  edit
  • Canyon Cabins, 416 Main Road, 575-257-2076, [22]. Nestled in the tall cool pines of scenic Upper Canyon, yet just minutes from everything Ruidoso has to offer.  1-3 bedroom cabins, each with kitchen, fireplace, and air conditioning. (33.3342614,,-105.6938795) edit
  • Dances with Bears Cabin (ruidoso-cabins.com), 153 Whirlaway, 214-769-1701, [23]. checkin: 4:00; checkout: 10:00. A wonderfully decorated log cabin with spectacular, unobstructed views of the Lincoln National Forest. The 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom cabin features a sprawling back deck with a six-person hot tub and a covered dining area. Prices range from $225 to $300 per night depending on time of year. $250.  edit

Get out[edit]

  • Lincoln National Forest [24] is an all seasons experience: hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, camping, hunting, skiing, snowboarding are just some of the ways to get outside . The Smokey Bear Ranger District office, located at 901 Mechem Drive in Ruidoso, hours are 8am-4pm Monday thru Friday. Call 575-257-4095.
  • Home of Smokey Bear, Capitan, NM [25] was established to honor Capitan's favorite son Smokey, the little bear cub that was found with burned paws after a 17,000 acre forest fire in 1950 on the Capitan Mountains. Learn about fire awareness, forest health, forest fires, wildland/urban interface issues, fire ecology and more. 118 W. Smokey Bear Blvd., Capitan, NM.
  • Alpine skiing and Snowboarding is available at the nearby Ski Apache downhill area, on the Apache Reservation, +1 575 464-3600, [26]. Drive west from Ruidoso on NM 532 to the site.
  • White Oaks Ghost Town [27] is not a typical flat-roofed adobe New Mexico historical experience. More cowboy/frontier than adobe, it was a frontier wild west cattle community right up until gold was discovered. Open Summer and Weekends.
  • Cloudcroft [28], south of town via NM 244, is another resort town in the Sacramento Mountains with abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation.
  • The National Solar Observatory [29] has a major facility at the mountain-top "town" (really just the observatory and related services) of Sunspot, south of Cloudcroft via NM 6563. Visitors are usually welcome during daylight hours; the facility shares a visitor center [30] with adjacent Apache Point Observatory.


Routes through Ruidoso
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