Activities and Things to do in Ruidoso

Ruidoso Art Galleries
Ruidoso Art Galleries

Ruidoso, New Mexico is a haven for artists and art galleries of all types.  Nearly 20 unique galleries line the streets of Ruidoso, offering the wares of local artisans and nationally knowing artists alike.  Browse paintings, sculptures, photography, and other inspiring creations – you may even find the perfect piece for your home or office.

Ruidoso Mountain Biking
Ruidoso Mountain Biking

Sprawling forests, desert scenery, and sweeping mountains make Ruidoso an ideal spot for mountain biking through nature.  A local bike rental shop and miles upon miles of trails guarantee an exceptional vacation adventure!

Ruidoso Bird Watching
Ruidoso Bird Watching

The Ruidoso area is a natural wonderland for outdoor and animal lovers.  Home to more than 200 species of birds, this is a Mecca for New Mexico bird watching vacations!

Ruidoso Casinos
Ruidoso Casinos and Gambling

The Ruidoso, New Mexico region is home to a couple of excellent casinos, the perfect place to pass an evening gambling with friends. Both also offer onsite dining and entertaining nightlife options.

Ruidoso boy with fish
Ruidoso Fishing

Countless streams, rivers, and lakes dot the Ruidoso area, and offer an endless source of fishing opportunities.  Fishing season is year round, and the Apache Reservation is open to fishing enthusiasts, so grab your pole and tackle.  They’re biting!

Ruidoso Golf Course
Ruidoso Golfing

Ruidoso and the surrounding area boasts numerous private and public golf courses of various difficulties.  Mild-weathered Ruidoso even offers golf year-round, and is one of the only places in the country where visitors are able to ski in the morning and enjoy the greens all afternoon!

Ruidoso Family Hiking
Ruidoso Hiking

Hiking the endless nature trails around Ruidoso is one of the preferred vacation activities for guest to the area.  Mild year-round weather makes this the ideal hiking destination, and Lincoln National Park is an exceptional place to break in your brand new hiking boots!

Ruidoso Downs Horse Racing
Ruidoso Downs Horse Racing

Horse Racing at Ruidoso Downs Racetrack has been a staple in the community since 1947!  Spectacular summer races take place Thursdays through Sundays from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day.  Also on-site is Billy the Kid’s Race Book for placing bets, Billy the Kid Casino with over 300 slot machines, and Billy’s Sports Bar and Grille!

Ruidoso Girl Horseback Riding
Ruidoso Horseback Riding

The nature around Ruidoso, New Mexico is spectacular, and one of the best ways to explore the mountains and forests of the area is on horseback!  Multiple local stables offer horseback riding tours for all ages and abilities.  This is an exciting vacation activity that the whole family will enjoy and remember.

Ruidoso Kids Playing in the Snow
Ruidoso Kids Activities

Kid’s activities around the Ruidoso area are bountiful!  Skiing, horseback riding, snow tubing, hiking, shows, tours, and much more will keep the children (of all ages) entertained for days on end.  Ruidoso is perfect for active families with little people in tow!

Lincoln National Forest
Lincoln National Forest

Lincoln National Forest is comprised of more than one million acres, spanning four counties and four mountain ranges! With elevations ranging from 4000 to 11,000 feet, the national forest consists of sprawling mountain peaks, wide treks of desert, and subalpine forests. The size and diversity of Lincoln National Forest makes it a great escape for outdoor lovers of all ages and abilities.

Fort Stanton
Ruidoso Museums and Historical Sites

Ruidoso is home to numerous museums and historic sites, ready to offer an educational side to your New Mexico vacation!  Make sure to check out Dowlin’s Historic Mill or the Fort Stanton Museum and Historic Center, and explore Native American culture at the Mescalero Apache Culture Center!

Ruidoso Skiing
Ruidoso Skiing at Ski Apache Resort

Ski Apache Resort is one of New Mexico’s premier skiing destinations.  Mild winters mean warm and sunny ski conditions.  Visitors to Ruidoso can often ski in the morning, and golf or hike in the afternoon!  For ski rentals, Condotel has an on-site ski shop, and offers preferred discounts to lodging guests.

Ruidoso Snow Tubing
Ruidoso Snow Tubing

Winter Park, in Ruidoso, offers the best in snow tubing for kids (of all ages)!  With multiple runs, a special reserved section for the smallest riders, on-site food, gear rentals, and free hot cocoa, this is a winter outing not to be missed.  Whats more, a magic carpet lift takes all the hard work of climbing back to the top after each exhilarating ride down!

Ruidoso Spa
Ruidoso Spas

No vacation would be complete without some rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation!  Ruidoso is home to a handful of excellent Salons and Spas, ready to offer a wide menu of spa treatments, including massages, facials, manicures and pedicures, mud wraps, hair styling and more!  Look and feel your best during your Ruidoso visit.

Ruidoso Tennis
Ruidoso Tennis Courts

A handful of public tennis courts in Ruidoso offer a great opportunity to get some exercise during your vacation.  Check here for court locations and information.

Spencer Theater
Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts

Spencer Theater is a first-class venue offering world-class performances to the residents and visitors of Southwest New Mexico. The $22-Million structure boasts a bold and beautiful contemporary design, a 514-seat hall, and truly incredible acoustics. Attending an event here is a must-do!

Ruidoso Bird Watching
Ruidoso Tours & Day Trips

The Ruidoso region boasts many excellent sites, tours, and day trips perfect for outdoorsman, history buffs, animal lovers, hikers, bikers, fisherman, and kids!  Take a hike through Lincoln National Forest or partake in a horseback riding adventure.  Ruidoso has much to offer!