“Ski towns are typically associated with dollar signs, but if you’re craving a mountain getaway, it doesn’t have to break the bank. Let us tell you about a magical place where empty trails, wildflowers as far as the eye can see, porches ripe for wildlife watching, streets upon streets of art galleries and shops, and a cozy downtown await.” — iExplore.com
"What can you do here?", you ask? Almost completely surrounded by the White Mountain Wilderness and the Lincoln National Forest, there is hunting (rifle, bow, muzzleloader and camera) for everything from turkey to elk, fishing, horseback riding, kite flying, backpacking, hiking, camping, skiing, tubing, sledding and lots of golf (golf all year round).
In the village itself is every kind of gift shop you can imagine (and some you can't imagine), go-carts for kids of all ages, children's boat ride, pony rides, mini-golf, maze, rock wall climb, coffee shops complete with wi-fi, clothing stores and any kind of restaurant from fast food to steak houses. A movie theater with three screens and venues for several live shows, including (during the summer months) a western shootout, authentic cowboy meal and music.
Relax with a pleasant stroll along the Rio Ruidoso near MIDTOWN or on an exercise trail just minutes from the village, but giving you the feeling that you are miles back in the woods. In other words, you don't have to get a baby sitter to do things in Ruidoso, NM. Instead, why not use the opportunity to get closer to your family?
Zip-line: Enjoy an eagle’s-eye view of the mountains and experience the thrill of the Wind Rider ZipTour at Ski Apache and the Apache Eagle ZipRider at Inn of the Mountain Gods.
Play golf: Cool temperatures. Unbelievable scenery. This is the Ruidoso golf experience. With four spectacular Ruidoso area golf courses, each course is situated against breathtaking backdrops with its own personality and challenges. Discover which one is best for you.
Discover Ruidoso Parks & Recreation areas: From playgrounds and walking trails to tennis courts, our parks and recreation areas offer something for every age group and ability. And it's free!
Shop: Take home a Ruidoso carved bear. Enhance your wardrobe with the latest styles in western, cowboy fashion or outdoor adventure clothing. Find custom jewelry and art to satisfy every taste and budget. Shop for Southwestern home accessories, rugs, blankets, rustic furniture or inexpensive vacation souvenirs. There's something for everyone in Ruidoso.
Events & Entertainment: Discover what's happening during your Ruidoso vacation.
Art & Culture: Galleries and artist studios abound in and around Ruidoso.