Ruidoso Attractions

Things to Do in Ruidoso

Try horseback riding in Ruidoso, one of several things to do.
Located in Lincoln County New Mexico, Ruidoso is a quaint mountain town that attracts tourists year-round. You’ll discover there are several things to do in Ruidoso, whether you like to be indoors or prefer to soak up the fresh mountain air as much as possible. Visit during the winter for ski season and visit Ski Apache. Or visit during the summer when the weather is ideal for mountain biking and nature walks.

Find a Ruidoso cabin to rent and discover what living in New Mexico is like, through the eyes of the locals. Having your own vacation rental is the perfect way to blend in with the community and makes a great home base for enjoying all the things to do in Ruidoso, rain or shine.

Strike it rich

If you're like most travelers, panning for gold seems like an outdated activity, a relic from the California Gold Rush days. Not so. Have fun panning for gold in Ruidoso, one of the more offbeat activities to do during your vacation. If you're not sure where to begin sign for for a tour or lesson with The New old Abe Company in White Oaks and learn the ins and outs of gold panning, stone carving and mining's rich history.

Hit the slopes

Snow during the winter is a huge tourist attraction in Ruidoso. Skiing in Ruidoso is a cheap and easier alternative than trying to make it to one of Colorado's ritzy resorts. Rent a Ruidoso cabin with ski-in and ski-out access for even more convenience; enjoy having extra storage to stow away your gear as well as (in some cases) a short distance to the ski lifts. Ski Apache Ski Resort is Ruidoso's favorite skiing and snowboarding park for professionals and amateurs alike. Rent equipment while you're here and bring your own and save some money.

Cast off

Ruidoso is surrounded by several lakes which makes is an ideal spot for a fishing vacation. Lakes include Bonito Lake, Eagle Creek, Rio Ruidoso, Tularosa Creek, Grindstone Lake and Carrizo Creek. Find more fishing in the the Mescalero Reservation. Trout anglers will want to check out Seeping Springs Trout Lakes where no license is needed and fishing gear is provided on site.

Step out

Ruidoso has plenty of opportunities to get outside and get the heart pumping with a long hike or bicycle ride through the New Mexican terrain. Travelers to Ruidoso might want to take it one step further and enjoy a nature hike in the Lincoln National Forest or White Mountain Wilderness. Here you'll find safe trails including a paved trail at the Links at Sierra Blanca. If you have the need for speed, consider renting a bike - if you didn't bring your own and try out one of the bike trails in Ruidoso. Find out there are several things to do in Ruidoso if you just relax and go with the flow, in the beauty of Ruidoso.

Giddy up

Horseback riding is a big past-time in Ruidoso, and where else to ride than the land of Billy the Kid? Whether you're a ribboned equestrian and you're a bit afraid of the giant beast, you can find a horse to fit your expertise. Grindstone Stables is a good place and is just outside the city limits. Or visit Bonito Stables, another family-friendly place to get back in the saddle.

Bet on it

For those travelers who want to test their luck on vacation, Ruidoso has a horse track and casino to satisfy that late night yen to gamble. Check out Ruidoso Downs, Ruidoso’s horse racing track for the chance to see your favorite equine creature win. If Blackjack and Roulette are more your thing, head to Billy the Kid Casino, located inside. Count your winnings (or losses) back home in the privacy of your Ruidoso vacation rental. And don't worry if you lose, there are plenty of other things to do in Ruidoso - tomorrow.


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