How to Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend in Ruidoso, NM

Memorial Day weekend is celebrated differently by everyone. Often, people use this weekend as a time to celebrate the arrival of summer! Usually, cookouts, time with family, and laying by the pool are great ways for people to enjoy their long weekend.

However, if you’re looking to do something more unique this Memorial Day Weekend, check out some of the popular attractions going on in Ruidoso, NM:

Opening Day at The Ruidoso Downs

May 28, 2021, is opening day at The Ruidoso Downs Racetrack. For generations, families have gathered at the racetracks to spend summers in the cool pines. Guests of all ages enjoy spending the day watching exciting live horse races.

Memorial Day weekend at Ruidoso Downs Racetrack features the top two-and-three-year-old quarter horses in the world competing in the Ruidoso Futurity/Derby Trails and the $25K John Andreini Memorial Stakes. 

Those who are interested can come in person or watch races online. Races take place every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday! Save yourself a seat by booking your tickets early! 

Click here to view ticket prices. 

Flying J Ranch Opening Day

Enjoy an evening of great chuckwagon cooking and western music, just like the cowboys did, at the Flying J Ranch. Since 1982, guests have enjoyed visiting the Flying J Ranch and experiencing the era of the Great American Cowboy.

As you’re planning your next trip to Ruidoso, NM, remember, the Flying J Ranch is a must-see attraction! It has even been voted the #1 tourist attraction in New Mexico. The Ranch is open Memorial Day Weekend thru Labor Day, and our gates will be ready for you each night at 5:30 pm. 

There is something for everyone to enjoy at the Flying J Ranch, including:

  • Cindy’s Sweet Shop
  • A Pistol Shoot
  • A Gunfight in Bonita City
  • An Action-Packed Show with World Champion Yodeling, Amazing Harmonies, Fancy Fiddling, Hilarious Comedy, Banjo Playing, and Guitar Picking.

Memorial Day at Fort Stanton Veterans Cemetery 

If you’re looking to attend a very special event this Memorial Day, then join us at Fort Stanton Historic Site. Located just outside the town of Lincoln in south-central New Mexico, visitors can honor veterans with dedications, a rifle salute, laying of the wreath, and placing flags on all graves.

Learn more by visiting their website!

If you’re looking to plan a memorable Memorial Day Weekend, then visit Ruidoso, NM! Please contact Innsbrook Village Country Club and Resort to learn more about places to stay and the many other amazing attractions in the area!