Several outfitters will get you ready to enjoy Ruidoso horseback riding and some include guides for hire. Expect some woodsy trail riding with great views from the hilltops near our Ruidoso cabins. You may cruise around the outskirts of town with a leisurely ½-hour or hour-long ride to get a taste of time in the saddle.
There are great opportunities for all ages, but especially younger novice riders. You may also ride deep into the White Mountain Wilderness in the Lincoln National Forest. Half-day, full-day, and even overnight rides can be arranged for adults and older children of all experience levels.
In the summer, be prepared for an afternoon shower. It is good to layer your clothing any time of year to be most comfortable. Wear long pants for any extended ride to protect your legs from saddle chaffing. Bring liquids, snacks, and a camera because you never know when you’ll get that golden opportunity to snap a photo of a big bull elk in the wild.
RUIDOSO HORSEBACK RIDING OUTFITTERS
Bonito Stables / Runnels Outfitters
Runnels specializes in wilderness trail riding. Call for current information. Cash only!
Grindstone Stables has been offering horseback rides for over 20 years. Customer service, hospitality, and great horses are their main priorities. Depending on the season, Grindstone Stables also offers sleigh rides through midtown Ruidoso in the summer and up and down brilliantly decorated Upper Canyon during the winter holidays.
Inn of the Mountain Gods Stables
The Inn of the Mountain Gods offers one-hour daily trail rides. Guests who would like to ride longer are asked to make a reservation.
Riding Trails and Land Use Information