Ruidoso is nestled in the Rocky Mountains of southern New Mexico. Discount shopping, dining, outdoor excursions, entertainment and Southwest hospitality will make your stay an experience to last a lifetime. Use this travel guide to find the perfect vacation or travel package for yourself and your family.
Towering over the village of Ruidoso is Sierra Blanca, the area’s 12,000-foot peak, and the Mescalero Apaches Resort. The resort offers some great summer activities that include hiking, biking, nature photography, and gondola rides. Incredible views await—one can even see White Sands National Monument from the top of Apache Bowl. The monument is approximately a 2.5 hour drive southwest of Ruidoso.
The area has been blessed with mild weather making this the perfect family vacation destination. Summer vacation activities include camping, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, boating, rafting, golf and much more! The area also claims two of New Mexico's finest casinos, the Ruidoso Downs race track, top-rated golf courses, horseback riding, golfing, fishing, tennis, art galleries, museums, restaurants, and shopping. Ruidoso Downs Race Track is home to the world’s richest Quarter Horse race, the $1 million All American Futurity. The best Quarter Horses in the world and the finest Thoroughbred racing in the southwest can be found at the Downs. Live racing begins in May and runs through Labor Day eekend.
After a fun day of outdoor adventure, the boasts over 60 great restaurants, a variety of live music, dancing and some of the best Las Vegas style casino gaming. Area restaurants provide a full range of menu and prices to fit any taste or budget.
One can fly into El Paso or Albuquerque and catch a shuttle to Ruidoso. The drive is quite scenic with many vistas of the Capitan Mountains, Nogal, Rio Bonito Valley along with aerial views of Ruidoso and the Lincoln National Forest.
Lodging in Ruidoso includes every imaginable option: cabins, resorts, hotels, motels, bed & breakfast, inns, RV parks, campgrounds, condos, rental homes, and more. Whether you choose comfortable accommodations or remote and rustic lodgings, Ruidoso offers great vacation deals. Use this site to find last minute deals to this top travel destination.
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