Ruidoso & Lincoln County New Mexico : Area Attractions and Events
Ruidoso is cool in so many ways! Located in the Southern Rocky Mountains with Sierra Blanca towering above the village, we are seasoned just right for year round enjoyment. Our winters are mild and our summer afternoon rains cool off the long summer days. Ruidoso’s calm springs and colorful falls are heaven in between. On many days during the ski season you can ski in the morning up on the mountain and play a round of golf in town in the afternoon. Ruidoso offers so many activities and events, you need four seasons to enjoy them all.
Events: Ruidoso has many events throughout the year. A few of the upcoming activities include: Aspencash Motorcycle Run & Trade Show, Spring Fling Rod Run Car Show, Mountain Blues Festival, The Annual Art Festival, Zia Festival, Pony Express Trail Ride, All-American Gun & Western Collectible Show, All-American Futurity, The Annual Golden Aspen Motorcycle Rally, The Annual Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium, Oktoberfest, For a list of all events coming up in the Ruidoso and Lincoln Country area you may visit Ruidoso.net’s event page or the Ruidoso Valley Chamber of Commerce’s event page.
Attractions and Activities: When you need a break from relaxing and reading a book on the deck of your condo or town home or using the free amenities at Innsbrook, Ruidoso and the surrounding area has a lot of fun things to offer.
Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts: This state-of-the-art hall features world class performers in a breathtaking setting. Set high on a mesa just outside of Ruidoso, the Spencer Theater hosts Broadway shows, dance troupes, and music from around the world.
Ski Apache: Located minutes away from Ruidoso, New Mexico, Ski Apache has set a goal to provide the best ski experience for all ages and abilities. Skiers and snowboarders of all levels will find the perfect variety of terrain on 55 trails served by 11 lifts, including New Mexico’s only gondola.
Ruidoso Down Race Track & Billy the Kid Casino: Home of the World’s Richest Quarter Horse Race — The All American Futurity. Live racing starts Friday of Memorial Weekend. Simulcast racing, Billy The Kid Casino and buffet open year round. Don’t miss the summer concerts. Race Schedule
Flying J Ranch: Flying J Ranch and the Flying J Wranglers have been serving up a delicious chuck wagon meal and entertaining guests from all over the world with their authentic blend of cowboy music and humor since 1982. Go early and enjoy gunfights, western village, pony rides, and gold panning.
The Hubbard Museum of the American West: The Hubbard Museum of the American West is one of the most respected museums in the state, housing an extensive permanent collection and ever-changing schedule of shows and activities.
Billy The Kid National Byway: New Mexico’s Billy the Kid Trail received a Scenic Historic Byway designation from the Federal Highway Commission in June of 1995. In June of 1998 the designation was upgraded to a National Scenic Byways.
The Lincoln County area is rich in history. It has been home to Billy the Kid, the Lincoln County War, the Mescalero Apache tribe, Kit Carson, “Black Jack” Pershing, the Buffalo Soldiers, the world’s richest Quarter Horse race and Smokey Bear. You’re about to take an online “tour” of the communities along the Byway.
Fishing: Ruidoso is surrounded by lakes and streams that provide anglers with a variety of fishing opportunities in beautiful mountain scenery.
Hiking and Camping: The Lincoln National Forest and two wilderness areas provide opportunity for hiking, backpacking, and camping in terrain that ranges from the easily accessible to remote and rugged wilderness.
Horseback Riding: In the Village of Ruidoso, and in the Lincoln National Forest surrounding the village, horseback riding offers a classically Western way to travel.
Art Galleries: Lincoln County has some of the finest artists and art galleries in the Southwest.
Mountain Biking: The mountain biking trails around Ruidoso cover a wide range of difficulty for cyclists of all experience levels, including a nationally recognized Top-10 trail near Cloudcroft.