Family Fun

download (1) Kids of all ages will have plenty of family fun in Ruidoso. Many area attractions, such as hiking and skiing, are perfect for the entire family. The Ruidoso area also offers mini-golf, bowling, disc golf, swimming, movies, museums and plenty of other fun ways to spend an afternoon or evening.  

 

 

 

 

Things To Do: Families and Kids

Apache Eagle Zip Rider at Inn of the Mountain Gods

Take in the breathtaking views of Inn of the Mountain Gods as you glide over the crystal waters of Lake Mescalero. Offering parallel cables so riders can enjoy the view side-by-side. ELEVATION: 7,185 ft. LENGTH: 2,668 feet SPEED: up to 55MPH DURATION: 1 minute VIEWS: Views of Inn of the Mountain Gods and Lake Mescalero […]

  • 575-464-3633
  • 287 Carrizo Canyon Road, Mescalero, NM, United States

D-Lazy-2 Kids Corral

Carriage rides and sleigh rides on Sudderth Drive in Ruidoso.

  • 575-257-7836
  • 115 N Evergreen, Ruidoso, NM, 88345, United States

Flying J Ranch Chuckwagon Supper & Western Show

The Ranch is open May 26th – 29th, then June 1st through Labor Day 6 nights a week (Monday – Saturday) and Saturdays through mid – October. A typical evening at the Flying J Ranch begins with making reservations. Reservations are requested, but not required. Walkins are welcome, however to help them with the food […]

  • 575-336-4330
  • 1028 State Hwy 48, Alto, NM, 88312, United States

Fort Stanton Equestrian Trail Head

The 25,000 acre BLM-managed Fort Stanton-Snowy River Cave National Conservation Area is completely open to all visitor use. Precautionary fire restrictions are in effect for all BLM managed locations in New Mexico beginning June 15, 2012. The 93 miles of sustainable trails are for hiking, horseback riding and mountain bike riding. There are also 22 […]

  • Fort Stanton Equestrian Trail Head, Lincoln, NM, 88338, United States

Fort Stanton-Snowy River Cave National Conservation Area

With over 31 miles of mapped passages, the Cave is normally open for recreational caving under permit from April 15 to November 1. However, due to the threat of White Nose Syndrome (WNS), which has killed 8 million bats in the eastern and southern states, and has been identified in nearby western Oklahoma, the Cave […]

  • (575) 627-0272
  • Fort Stanton-Snowy River Cave National Conservation Area, Fort Stanton, NM, 88323, United States

Funtrackers 

Amusement Center on Carrizo Canyon Road in Ruidoso.

  • 575-257-3275
  • 101 Carrizo Canyon Rd, Ruidoso, NM, 88345, United States

Grindstone Disc Golf Course

27 hole, 81 par Disc Golf Course near Grindstone Lake and Trail System.

  • 575-257-5030
  • 500 Resort Drive, Ruidoso, NM, 88345, United States

Hubbard Museum of the American West

Home to New Mexico’s first Smithsonian Institution Affiliate museum Hubbard Museum of the American West is a monument to times and places that are not quite as far off as you may think. It is a place where visitors can experience the West and three area cultures – Native American, Hispanic and Pioneer. The museum’s 10,000 […]

  • 575-378-4142
  • US Hwy 70, Ruidoso Downs, NM, United States

Kids Konnection Playground

Located near White Mountain Sports Complex Play area for 3-5 year olds Play area for 5-12 year olds Two tire swings. Pavilion available for rent Restrooms nearby Basketball court

  • 685 Hull Road, Ruidoso, NM, 88345, United States

Ruidoso Bowling Center

Bowling Center on Mechem Drive in Ruidoso.

  • 575-258-3557
  • 1202 Mechem Dr, Ruidoso, NM, 88345, United States

Ruidoso Public Library

 Public Library on Kansas City Road in Ruidoso.

  • 575-258-3704
  • 107 Kansas City Rd, Ruidoso, NM, 88345, United States

Ruidoso Swimming Pool

Swimming Pool on Sudderth Drive in Ruidoso.

  • 575-257-5030
  • 515 Sudderth Dr, Ruidoso, NM, 88345, United States

Ruidoso Winter Park

Amusement Park on Ski Run Road in Ruidoso.

  • 575-336-7079
  • 1200 Ski Run Rd, Ruidoso, NM, 88345, United States

Seeping Springs Trout Lake

Seeping Springs Trout Lake is a private lake four miles east of the Ruidoso Down racetrack. This location is stocked with trout. Especially relevant is this location is geared towards beginning anglers and young children. A fishing license is not a requirement. However, there is a price-per-inch fishing fee. The fee includes all necessary bait, […]

  • 110 Seeping Springs Rd, Ruidoso, NM, 88346, United States

Sierra Cinema

Movie Theater on Mechem Drive in Ruidoso.

  • 575-257-9444
  • 721 Mechem Dr., Ruidoso, NM, 88345, United States

Skate Park

Skate Park on White Mountain Drive in Ruidoso.

  •  575-257-5030
  • 608 White Mountain Drive, Ruidoso, NM, 88345, United States

Ski Apache Ski Area

Ski Apache offers some of the best warm-weather skiing anywhere. Located on the north ridge of the 12,002′ Sierra Blanca Peak, the 360 view of our mountain is sure to take your breath away. With an annual snowfall of 180 inches, Ski Apache offers 55 runs and trails and 11 lifts–including New Mexico’s only passenger […]

  • 575-464-3600
  • 1286 Ski Run Rd, Alto, NM, United States

Smokey Bear Historical Park and Museum

Everything you ever wanted to know about Lincoln County’s most famous bear. Kids love the full-size talking bear. You can view a short documentary in the small theater. It details the rescue of the bear cub found in a 17,000-acre forest fire in the Capitan Mountains. Smokey the Bear is buried in the park next […]

  • 575-354-2748
  • 118 Smokey Bear Blvd., Capitan, NM, United States

Smokey Bear Ranger District Trails

They offer trails ranging in use from hiking, pack/saddle, mountain biking, motorcycle riding and ATV riding (less than 50″ in width).  Most side-by-sides are greater than 50″ in width and exceed a weight limit, these can be enjoyed on their dirt roads. Most of the trails within this district reside within the White Mountain and […]

  • 901 Mechem Dr, Ruidoso, NM, United States

Valley of Fires BLM Recreation Area

Valley of Fires recreation area is located immediately adjacent to the Malpais Lava Flow. Approximately 5,000 years ago, Little Black Peak erupted and flowed 44 miles into the Tularosa Basin, filling the basin with molten rock. The resulting lava flow is four to six miles wide, 160 feet thick and covers 125 square miles. The […]

  • , Carrizozo, NM, United States

Fishing

Alto Lake

Alto Lake presents a spectacular scenic view. The lake is stocked with catfish throughout the year. Fishing is permitted from dawn to dusk year-round. A New Mexico fishing license is a requirement for those 12 years of age and older. In addition, Alto Lake is one of two fishing locations in and around Ruidoso which […]

  • Alto Lake and Recreation Area

Bonito Creek

Bonito Creek runs from the Bonito Lake Dam to Fort Stanton and Hondo. Fishing includes Rainbow and Brook Trout in the upper part of Bonito Creek. Please practice catch and release in this creek.

  • Bonito Creek New Mexico, New Mexico, United States

Bonito Lake

Bonito Lake is an alpine reservoir located high in the Sierra Blanca mountains northwest of Ruidoso, New Mexico. It is a popular fishing and camping destination, and although it is surrounded by the Lincoln National Forest, it is not a part of the national forest. It is currently owned by the city of Alamogordo, New […]

  • Bonito Lake, NM, United States

Carrizo Creek

Carrizo Creek runs from Mescalero Lake Dam to Rio Ruidoso near the Chamber of Commerce. Fishing includes native brown trout. Please practice catch and release in this creek.

  • Carrizo Creek, Ruidoso, NM, United States

Eagle Creek

Eagle creek runs between Eagle Lake and past Alto Reservoir. Fishing includes some Brook and Rainbow trout.

  • Eagle Creek, NM, United States

Eagle Lakes

The Eagle Lakes are located on the Mescalero reservation. They can be accessed from Highway 532, which is also referred to as Ski Run Road. The two lakes are stocked and open from late May through mid-September. Daily permits are a requirement in order to fish. The permits are available for purchase at the entrance. […]

  • Eagle Lake, Mescalero, NM, United States

Grindstone Reservoir

Grindstone Reservoir is one of two lakes in the area that allow non-motorized boats for fishing. Fishing includes rainbow trout and occasionally catfish and smallmouth bass.

  • Grindstone Reservoir, Ruidoso, NM, United States

Mescalero Lake

The Mescalero Lake is located on the Mescalero reservation at the Inn of the Mountain God’s Resort. The lake is stocked with fish and open daily. In order to fish or boat on this lake, it is a requirement that you purchase a daily fishing permit at the hotel’s front desk. They allow you to […]

  • Mescalero Lake, Mescalero, NM, United States

Ruidoso River

The Ruidoso River runs from the Sacramento Mountains through Ruidoso and Ruidoso Downs into the Hondo River. The river is stocked year-round with Rainbow trout, and Brown trout can also be found here as well. In addition, there is a daily limit of three fish per license. A New Mexico fishing license is a requirement […]

  • Ruidoso River, Ruidoso, NM, United States

Seeping Springs Trout Lake

Seeping Springs Trout Lake is a private lake four miles east of the Ruidoso Down racetrack. This location is stocked with trout. Especially relevant is this location is geared towards beginning anglers and young children. A fishing license is not a requirement. However, there is a price-per-inch fishing fee. The fee includes all necessary bait, […]

  • 110 Seeping Springs Rd, Ruidoso, NM, 88346, United States

Seeping Springs Trout Lake & RV Park

This area is beautifully shaded by large fruit trees, poplars, and cottonwoods. Several of the sites back the duck pond making them very appealing to kids. There are public rest rooms and showers in the office that are open during office hours. There is also plenty to do in the park, in town, and in […]

  • 575-378-4216
  • 110 Seeping Springs Rd., Ruidoso Downs, NM, United States

Silver Lake

Silver Lake is located on the Mescalero reservation off of Highway 244. The lake is stocked with trout. This fishing location is open from May through September. A permit is a requirement. You can purchase a permit at the Silver Lake office.

  • Silver Lake, New Mexico, United States

Horseback Riding Stables

Bonito Stables

Horse Stables in Nogal.

  • 575-354-2778
  • , Nogal, NM, 88341, United States

Cowboys Riding Stables

Horse Stables on North Lane in Ruidoso Downs.

  • 575-378-8217
  • 1027 North Lane, Ruidoso Downs, NM, United States

Grindstone Stables

Horse Stables on Resort Drive in Ruidoso.

  • 575-257-2241
  • 523 Resort Dr., Ruidoso, NM, United States

Inn of the Mountain Gods Stables

Take in the beautiful scenery during an unforgettable horseback ride. Riding stables are open weather permitting and not during scheduled Big Game Hunting. Riders must be at least 8 years of age. Reservations required. For more information or to book reservations, call Inn of the Mountain Gods Stables at 575-464-7424 or the Hunt Lodge at 575-464-7448.

  • 575-464-7424
  • 287 Carrizo Canyon Road, Mescalero, NM, United States

Runnels Bonito Stables

Horse Stables on Bonito Lake Road in Ruidoso.

  • 575-354-2778
  • Bonito Lake Rd., Located 3½ miles above Bonito Lake, Ruidoso, NM, United States

Tennis Courts

MCM Elegante Lodge & Suites

Located at the southern tip of the Rocky Mountains the MCM Eleganté Lodge & Resort in Ruidoso, is surrounded by acres of national forest and awe-inspiring scenery! Their newly upgraded lodge is known for its outstanding service and truly unique location. Start off each morning with a Free Breakfast with Eggs Cooked-to-Order before heading out to […]

  • 575-258-5500
  • 107 Sierra Blanca Drive, Ruidoso, NM, United States

Public Tennis Courts

Tennis Courts on Sudderth Drive in Ruidoso.

  • 575-257-5030
  • 500 block of Sudderth, Ruidoso, NM, United States

Two Rivers Park 

Park on Robins Road in Ruidoso.

  • 100 Robins Road, Ruidoso, NM, United States

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