Set high amid the forested peaks of the Sacramento Mountains, the year round playground that is Ruidoso New Mexico is great little vacation spot for outdoor adventure and tourist town amenities. Visitors can pop in the shops at Jackalope Square or The Two Bears Trading Post, which has all kinds of out door gear along with rugged mountain-man style décor. The Three Coyotes Gift Shop can provide nick-knacks, souvenirs and post cards, but Books Etcetera is the place to get some reading material for long ski lift rides.
Ruidoso is known for its great “great outdoors”. Skiing and snowboarding is excellent at Ruidoso’s Ski Apache, with nicely groomed powder, lots of shops for the latest ski gear and the largest lift capacity in New Mexico. Lincoln National Forest has 2 camping areas and ample space for hiking, camping, horseback riding and bird watching. Nearby Cloudcroft will be the day-trip of choice for mountain-biking enthusiasts thanks to its nationally rated top-10 trail. Kids and couples will get a kick out of sleigh and carriage rides through town.
For a little cowboy history visitors should check out the Hubbard Museum of the American West, featuring over 10,000 authentic items. The kids will have a blast at the Flying J Ranch western village just north of town, where there are stage-shows, a chuck wagon dinner and random “show-downs” between the resident white and black hats.
Adult entertainment and activities are plentiful as well. The Ruidoso Downs is the place for serious horse racing. Fishermen and women have several streams to choose from, most of which are well stocked with trout. Golfers will be in paradise in Ruidoso’s beautiful and challenging courses, like the Cree Meadows course or the Inn of the Mountain Gods. Relax after a hard day’s play with a Broadway show at the state of the art Spencer Theater