Tucked away in the rugged Sierra Blanca Mountains of southern New Mexico, lies the sleepy mountain resort town of Ruidoso. A vacation paradise amidst a beautiful alpine setting surrounded by the Lincoln National Forest, pine covered mountains and acres of wilderness. The village name comes from the Rio Ruidoso River ‘Noisy River’ that winds its way through the charming village.
A quaint village with rustic Old West charm, Ruidoso is a year round playground with a rich history deep rooted in Native American culture, endless adventures and world-class amenities. Stroll the streets lined with shops, antique stores, bars and restaurants. Explore the history at the local museums and galleries and experience the Old West while walking the streets of Fort Stanton and Fort Sumner, where Billy the Kid once roamed. For excitement with a difference, play the ponies and win big at the Ruidoso Downs Race Track or place your bets at one of the three local casinos, Billy the Kid, Inn of the Mountain Gods and Casino Apache. The kids will love Funtrackers, Ruidiso’s premier family fun center with a mountain maze, bumper cars, mini golf and so much more. End your day sampling authentic New Mexican Cuisine and local beer, dancing the night away to live music at a country western bar or enjoying a gunfight and a good old fashioned Chuckwagon dinner and show. For an evening of elegance and splendour, the spectacular landmark Spencer Theater offers world-class entertainment in an intimate setting.
Adventure the Outdoors
Surrounded by the White Mountain Wilderness and the Lincoln National Forest, Ruidoso is a summer paradise for lovers of the outdoors. Take a scenic gondola ride to the top of the Sierra Blanca for spectacular views then head into the surrounding wilderness to explore the many trails through meadows, canyons and spectacular natural beauty. Enjoy epic mountain biking, hiking, hunting, fishing and spectacular mountain golf courses or simply relax and enjoy magnificent mountain views in the serene mountains. The dramatic White Sands National Monument is a must see while you are in Ruidoso, a unique outdoor experience with acres of glistening gypsum dunes and endless outdoor activities.
As the snow falls, the towering snow-capped Sierra Blanca Mountains become a majestic winter wonderland of snowy adventures. Unwind on a peaceful and enchanting sleigh ride through the canyons, or race down 8,900 on the Wind Rider Zipline (one of the longest in the world) and experience bumps and jumps tubing at the Ruidoso Winter Park. Ski Apache offers a mix of wide beginner slopes, cruisers, bump runs, a huge bowl, a terrain park and exceptional warm-weather powder skiing. Ride the gondola for panoramic views and explore the mountains 55 runs for all levels of skiers.
Ruidoso is a year-round vacation destination of thrills and adventures as well as quiet moments relaxing in the serene wilderness that surrounds you.