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Summer Vacation Ideas

New Mexico offers a brilliant look at the wild wild west. Its history as an American territory started with cowboys and frontier counties. Once the largest county in the United States, Lincoln County stands out among the others as the site of one of the best tales of the wild west. The Lincoln County War, and the involvement of the infamous Billy The Kid, put Lincoln County and its various settlements on the map. Now the area is ripe with tourism and many excellent vacation opportunities.

Hiking and Camping

The wilderness that surrounds the town offers any viewer a breath taking sight. The White Mountain Wilderness gives visitors almost 50,000 acres of the Lincoln National Forest. Its fantastic forests and lush green groves offer some of the best hiking in New Mexico. Bring your backpack and your tent and find a nice nook to take in the stars at night. This is the best way to experience the natural wonder of Ruidoso.

Hunting and Fishing

The land here is lush and is a prime spot for the hunter in your family. In fact, the area offers many ranch resorts and guided tours to satisfy any hunter or fisher. At Pancho Peaks Ranch, you can big game or bird hunting, as well as horseback ride, 4-wheel, and hike the land, where as Elite Outfitters offers fully outfitted camping trips.

Horseback Riding

The lush hills in Lincoln County offer some of the best horseback riding in the state. While on your summer vacation, take the whole family out on horseback and explore the hills. Rides range from one-hour beginner treks, to full-day bike country rides that offer views of New Mexico's natural splendor.


The Links at Sierra Blanca, the premier golf course is a glimpse of perfection. The professionally designed scottish-style course offers eighteen holes of pure wonder. The lush surroundings and challenging play will entice any golf lover in your family.

Bird Watching

One of the most peaceful activities to do while visiting is to gaze at the many different species of birds that make this place home. Visit the Lincoln County Bird Club, or the Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge and see hummingbirds, Whooping Cranes, Snow Geese, and many, many more.