Ruidoso offers many day trips to take advantage of near your Ruidoso cabins. The Billy the Kid Scenic Byway is a 64-mile drive through Ruidoso, Capitan, the Hondo Valley, and Lincoln. The byway also includes Hwy. 220 / Airport Road, where Fort Stanton and the Spencer Theater are located, and Hwy. 48, which goes through Ruidoso. There are several sites to see along the way. The scenic drive can take a whole day or just a few hours, depending on what you want to see.
Some of the sites along the byway are:
- The Hubbard Museum of the American West (Hwy. 70, Ruidoso Downs)
- The Hurd Gallery and Museum (Hwy. 70, San Patricio)
- The Hondo Iris Farm (Hwy. 70, Hondo)
- Historic Lincoln (Hwy. 380)
- Fort Stanton (Hwy. 220)
- Spencer Theater (Hwy. 220, Alto)
- Smokey Bear Historical Park & Museum (corner of Hwy. 380 & Hwy. 48, Capitan)
OTHER AREA DAY TRIPS
In addition to the Billy the Kid Scenic Byway, there are many other day trips to take advantage of, most of which are an hour or less from Ruidoso.
- White Sands National Monument (about an hour away, just west of Alamogordo)
- Cloudcroft: a quaint mountain town offering walk-able boutique shopping, restaurants, bars, high-altitude golf, and scenic views (about 70 miles away on Hwy. 82)
- National Solar Observatory (near Cloudcroft)
- New Mexico Museum of Space History (in Alamogordo, just under an hour away)
- Roswell Get your UFO fix! (in Roswell, 75 miles east of Ruidoso on Hwy. 380)
- Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art (also in Roswell)
Of course, if you are feeling even more adventurous you can drive 2 hours to Las Cruces and its historic Mesilla neighborhood, just over 2 hours to bustling El Paso, or 2.5 hours to the world-famous Carlsbad Caverns.