Area Attractions

Here’s a list of Ruidoso area attractions to assist you with your travel plans. For more information on any of these attractions, just click on their titles to link to their official sites.


Visit Ski Apache for some of the best skiing and snowboarding in New Mexico. Open Thanksgiving through Easter. (575) 464-3600.


Ruidoso, New Mexico, the nearest town to the Inn of the Mountain Gods, features a variety of shopping choices, dining, quarter horse racing, golfing and recreational activities for the whole family. Ruidoso New Mexico is nestled in the south-central Sacramento Mountains with 12,003-foot Sierra Blanca Peak in the distance.

Mescalero Cultural Center

Features photos, artifacts, clothing, crafts, and other exhibits about the history/culture of the Mescalero Apache. Contact (575) 464-4494 for more information.

Area Artists

The Award Winning Sculptor, Vincent Kaydahzinne, believes it is his destiny to create and preserve his Apache heritage through music and art. His music and art are emotional, expressive of culture, language and history. They are an extraordinary blend of traditional and contemporary work. Click on the link for more information.

White Sands National Monument

About a one-hour drive west of Ruidoso, this is one of the most unusual places on earth. It’s a vast landscape of brilliant white sand with huge dunes covering nearly 300 square miles.

Billy the kid scenic byway

This route received a Scenic Historic Byway designation from the Federal Highway Commission in June of 1995.You can take an online “tour” of the communities at the link below.

Dowlin’s Historic Old Mill

This was a Billy the Kid hideout. The oldest building in Ruidoso New Mexico still has a working flour mill run by a water wheel.

Flying J Ranch

Enjoy music, a western show and chuck wagon dinner.

Hubbard Museum of the American West

One of the state’s most respected museums, the Hubbard Museum houses a magnificent collection of carriages, wagons, saddles, fine art and Indian artifacts.

Ruidoso Artists and Galleries

See some of the best art in the Southwest.

Lincoln National Forest

Located in south-central New Mexico, the Lincoln National Forest is known as the birthplace of the world-famous Smokey Bear, the living symbol of the campaign to prevent forest fires.

Smokey Bear Historical Park

Located on Highway 380 in Capitan, NM, the Smokey Bear Historical Park is the final resting place for the world-famous bear and honors his legacy with exhibits, film showings, educational programs and more. Open every day from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Entry is $2 for adults and $1 for kids.


Entertain the kids with go-carts, water bumper-boats, arcade and miniature golf. Open daily from 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM, Memorial Day through Labor Day, then 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM Saturdays only. Paddleboats open summer months only.

The Valley of Fires Recreation Area

This area of buckled, twisted lava is part of an extensive flow up to 50 meters thick and over 45 miles long. The flow originated from several volcanoes, including one vent now known as Little Black Peak, 9 miles northwest of Carrizozo. The lava flow area is called the Malpais (Spanish for “badlands”), a name also given to several other flows in New Mexico.

Bird Watching

Birds abound in Mescalero and Ruidoso New Mexico and the surrounding Lincoln National Forest. The area is close to migratory bird flyways. Polish up your binoculars!

Hiking & Camping

The Lincoln National Forest and two wilderness areas provide opportunities for hiking, backpacking and camping in terrain that ranges from the easily accessible to remote rugged wilderness.

Hunting & Fishing Guides

The area around Ruidoso, New Mexico offers some of the best seasonal hunting and fishing in the Southwest. Call the Ruidoso Valley Chamber of Commerce at (877) 784-3676 for information.

Lincoln County Overland Stage Company, Inc.

Enjoy real overland stagecoach rides for the entire family in historic Lincoln, New Mexico, where Billy the Kid once roamed. Call the Stage Company at (575) 653-4954 for more information.

Mountain Biking

The mountain biking trails around Ruidoso New Mexico present a wide range of difficulty for cyclists of all experience levels, including a nationally recognized Top-10 trail near Cloudcroft. Call the Ruidoso Valley Chamber of Commerce at (877) 784-3676 for information.

Sleigh & Carriage Rides

Enjoy carriage rides through historic midtown Ruidoso New Mexico and the beautiful Upper Canyon. Sleigh and Carriage rides are offered Thanksgiving through Martin Luther King Holiday Weekend. Call D Lazy 2 stables at (575) 257-7836 for more information.

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