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The 10 Best Things to Do in New Mexico in June for All Travelers

As spring comes to a close and summer officially arrives, New Mexico will be buzzing with warm-weather activities, festivals, and excitement. From outdoor concerts to summer festivals and outdoor attractions in towns like Ruidoso, Mescalero, and Alamogordo, we’ve rounded up the top things to do in New Mexico in June:

Chuckwagon Suppers & Western Shows at Flying J Ranch

Where: 1028 Highway 28 North, Alto

Contact: 575-336-4330

This immersive old west experience puts visitors into the heart of an old west village, complete with delicious chuckwagon suppers, western shows with world champion yodeling, gold panning, pony rides, and much more. The Flying J Ranch is recognized as one of the top attractions in New Mexico, and it’s easy to see why. 

During the month of June, all of the fun starts every evening (except Sundays) at 5:30 pm and continues with live shows, music, and food. Tickets start at $35 per person, $19 per child ages 4 through 12, and free for kids ages 3 and under. See our full list of things to do in New Mexico with kids!

Sunset Strolls at White Sands National Park

white sands national park new mexico

Where: 19955 Highway 70 West, Alamogordo

Contact: 575-479-6124

The glistening, wave-like sand dunes of White Sands National Park are a stunning sight to behold. In fact, it’s one of our favorite places to visit in southern New Mexico. The park is the world’s largest gypsum sand dune field, encompassing 275-square miles of desert and home to a variety of plants and animals.

During the month of June, visitors can enjoy a ranger-guided Sunset Stroll at the park. The Sunset Stroll gives visitors a hiking opportunity during a cooler time of the day, while also providing outstanding views of the rolling dunes with a sunset backdrop. During the warmer months, we recommend packing plenty of water for a trip to White Sands National Park and abiding by the White Sands National Park safety guidelines.

Championship New Mexico Golf with Low Rates

Where: 287 Carrizo Canyon Road, Mescalero

Contact: 575-464-7945

Designed by famous golf-course architect Ted Robinson, the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort Championship Golf Course has the best views of any golf course in New Mexico. Ranked as one of the top casino golf courses by Golf Digest, the course features beautiful fast-breaking greens and an island fairway that offers plenty of challenges but a rewarding experience for golfers of all skill levels. Golf rates take into account the day of the week, time of day, weather, and golfer demand for dynamic custom rates catered to each golfer. Book in advance to get the best deal!

Zipline Above Inn of the Mountain Gods

apache eagle ziprider at inn of the mountain gods

Where: 287 Carrizo Canyon Road, Mescalero

Contact: 1-800-545-9011

Get the best views of Inn of the Mountain Gods with a soaring adventure on the Apache Eagle Ziprider. Measuring 2,668 feet in length and reaching speeds up to 55 miles per hour, the Apache Eagle Ziprider is one of the most thrilling experiences in southern New Mexico. Best of all, riders can enjoy the experience with a friend thanks to optional side-by-side ziplines. For even more thrills, visit the Apache Wind Rider ZipTour at Ski Apache.

Outdoor Activities at Ski Apache

Where: 1286 Ski Run Road, Alto

Contact: 575-464-3600

Looking for outdoor thrills? Ski Apache is the place for you! Ski Apache is New Mexico’s premier summer-time destination. Located in the Sierra Blanca mountains of Alto, New Mexico, Ski Apache offers biking and hiking trails, bike rentals, gondola rides, and one of the world’s longest ziptours, the Apache Wind Rider ZipTour!

Ski Apache is home to three hiking trails that will suit hikers of most ages. The Lookout Trail hike takes just 10-15 minutes before you reach a viewing area that features 360-degree views of Ski Apache. Sierra Blanca Trail and Crest Trail are each over 2 miles long and take hikers 1900 feet in elevation for truly magnificent alpine views.

Find out more details and how to plan your adventure here. Learn more about our lodging near Ski Apache. Want more New Mexico hiking opportunities? See our list of the best Mescalero and Ruidoso hiking trails.

4th Annual Great High Mountain Bed Race and Green Chile Cookoff

When: Saturday, June 4th

Where: Sudderth Drive and Wingfield Park, Ruidoso

Wake up early and head to Midtown Ruidoso for the 4th Annual Great High Mountain Bed Race and Green Chile Cookoff. All of the excitement starts at 9 am with a parade of costumed beds, culminating in a bed race between teams. After the bed race, a green chile cookoff and games will be had at Wingfield Park. All proceeds benefit the High Mountain Youth Project.

GUS MACKER TOURNAMENT

When: Saturday, June 4th and Sunday, June 5th

Where: 287 Carrizo Canyon Road, Mescalero

Looking to watch some family-friendly competition? The Gus Macker Tournament at Inn of the Mountain Gods is the original 3-on-3 basketball festival for basketball players that love the game. This year, the tournament includes a slam dunk contest and a 3-point contest with prizes totaling $1,500! The event will be packed with family fun like live local music, arts and crafts, jumping balloons, and a family movie on the lawn at Inn of the Mountain Gods on Saturday and Sunday evenings. Learn more about the Gus Macker Tournament at Inn of the Mountain Gods.

Lady A at Inn of the Mountain Gods

Lady A

When: Friday, June 17th

Where: 287 Carrizo Canyon Road, Mescalero

Acclaimed country music trio Lady A is coming to Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort for an outdoor concert. Lady A infuses country, rock, and pop for music that has achieved Grammy Awards, Billboard Music Awards, and People’s Choice Awards. Get your Lady A tickets before they run out!

Annual Brewdoso Craft Beer and Wine Festival

women drinking beer at an outdoor festival

When: Saturday, June 18th and Sunday, June 19th

Where: 300 Center Street, Ruidoso

The 3rd Annual Brewdoso kicks off on Saturday, June 18th at Wingfield Park in Ruidoso for a two-day long brews-and-food festival. Enjoy samples from local breweries and wineries, delicious food, kid’s activities, and live music for a full weekend of family-friendly amusement. Single-day tickets are $20 and weekend-long tickets are $30. Admission for children ages 13 and under is free. Wingfield Park is just 3.6 miles from the Inn of the Mountain Gods.

Ruidoso Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K, and Kids 1 Mile Fun Run

When: Friday, June 24th and Saturday, June 25th

Where: 300 Center Street, Ruidoso

Register to run or cheer on the thousands of runners that participate in this weekend-long event! All of the fun starts Saturday evening with the Schlotzky’s 5K Bun Run and the Kids 1 Mile Fun Run. The marathon begins Sunday morning at 6 a.m. and the half-marathon begins at 8 a.m. at Wingfield Park in downtown Ruidoso and ends at Wingfield Park. For more details, call (575) 257-5030.

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