Ruidoso is chock full of opportunities for young and old alike, from parks and playgrounds to Ruidoso skiing, horseback riding, or just hanging out by the river. This list of things to do in Ruidoso includes the most popular destinations for the younger members of the family.
KIDS KONNECTION PARK
Kids Konnection Park is large, community-built playground adjacent to the White Mountain Schools at the corner of Hull and White Mountain Drive. There are many features here — much more than just swings! — that will keep kids active and amused for hours, and best of all admission is free.
Located near Pizza Hut on Sudderth Drive, this large amusement park features three different sizes and levels of go-carts tracks, bumper boats with water guns, an 18-hole miniature golf course, a human maze, panning for gold, a video arcade, and a snack bar. Funtrackers is open from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend, seven days a week. They are also open over spring break and on weekends over Christmas break, as well as major holidays throughout the year.
101 Carrizo Canyon Rd.
No license or fishing tackle needed. Catch a trout to eat or release, just a few miles east of Ruidoso Downs Racetrack. If fishing isn’t your thing, try the paddle boats for some fun in the sun.
There are a variety of horseback riding outfitters in the area to get you and your family into the saddle. Choose a shorter trail ride close to town, or opt for half-day to full-day adventures in the heart of the White Mountain Wilderness. Reservations are recommended.
Inn of the Mountain Gods Stables
Runnels Bonito Stables
Drive north from Ruidoso on Hwy. 48 (locally known as Mechem Drive) for 4 miles and turn left on Hwy. 532 (Ski Run Road). This road winds 12 miles up the mountain to Ski Apache. In the winter kids can learn how to ski or snowboard in group classes, available for ages 7 and up. For 4-, 5- and 6-year-olds, a special program called Kiddie Korral teaches skiing with some indoor time for rest. Ski season generally runs from Thanksgiving Day through the end of March. In the summertime, the mountain is always great for a picnic or a hike. In the summer the gondola is open for rides to the summit, and disc golf course is open for play.
The Ruidoso Bowling Center is located just behind Farley’s, on the northeast corner of Mechem and White Mountain Drive. In addition to bowling you will find pool tables, an arcade, and a lounge.
1202 Mechem Drive, Ruidoso
Hours Mon.-Thurs., 1pm-10pm, Fri. 1pm-midnight, Sat. 11am-midnight, Sun, 11am-9:00pm
Located adjacent to the Lawrence Brothers Supermarket, this is Ruidoso’s only big-screen movie theater, showing new releases on 3 different screens (matinee and evenings). Call for screening times.
721 Mechem Drive
Visiting local parks is a great way to enjoy the outdoors in Ruidoso. Two Rivers Park is located behind the visitor’s center on the 700 block of Sudderth. Schoolhouse Park is on the 500 block of Sudderth near the swimming pool, and Cedar Creek Day/Picnic Area is just a mile west of the Smokey Bear Ranger Station on Cedar Creek Drive. To get to scenic Monjeau Lookout, surrounded by aspen trees and offering stunning views, take Hwy. 532 (Ski Run Road) 1 mile, turn right on the marked dirt road, and drive 4 miles, following the signs.
Located just east of the race track in Ruidoso Downs, this world-class museum has a dedicated children’s section to complement its displays of carriages, Native American artifacts, Western historical items, and a well-stocked gift shop. Outside the museum, young and old eyes alike will be amazed at the larger than life-sized bronze horse sculptures. Open 9am–5pm; closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Kids love to get out in the woods. There are hundreds of trails to explore in the Lincoln National Forest, along with many developed campsites. Be sure and ask the friendly folks at Condotel about their favorite trails, and stop by the Smokey Bear Ranger Station (575-257-4095) for official information and maps.
PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL
Everyone loves to get wet on a hot day. Next to the tennis courts and Schoolhouse Park on Sudderth Drive, the municipal pool is open during the summer months. A small admission fee is required. Go ahead and pay the extra for the use of the giant slide… it’s a blast!
Parks and Recreation Dept.
North Park is Ruidoso’s only skateboard park, and it is free to use. Located next to the fire station on White Mountain Drive, this park has a variety of ramps and rails. It is open all year, with lighting for boarding fun in the evening.
Pony rides for the young ones, here! The Kids Corral is located at Two Rivers Park, near the Visitors Center on Sudderth Drive. Open daily in the summer and open on weekends the rest of the year. (575) 257-7836
GAME RENTALS / MOVIE RENTALS
1129 Mechem Drive Ruidoso
721 Mechem Drive
(next to Sierra Mall)
Redbox DVD Rental Locations
Redbox is a DVD rental service that utilizes vending machines to check out and return movies (no membership required). There are four machine locations in Ruidoso:
721 Mechem Drive Ruidoso (by Family Dollar, next door to IGA/Lawrence Bros.)
138 Sudderth Drive, Ruidoso (by Walgreens; 2 kiosks)
1800 W. Highway 70, Ruidoso Downs (just inside Walmart; 2 kiosks)
101 Ski Run Road, Alto (by Brewers)
No need to drive all the way up the mountain to experience big fun in the snow! With large-scale snowmaking capability, Ruidoso’s Winter Park offers tubing all winter long. Get towed or ride one of 3 conveyor belts up the hill, then come sliding down with a big grin. There is also a Kidz Korral section for the little ones.
Ruidoso Winter Park