Established in 1952 by Ed and Jewel Sweet and in its 61st year of as a family-owned and operated business. Open daily. Summer Hours May 15th thru October 1st, 8:30 am- 5:00 pm; Winter Hours Oct. 1-May 15, Mon.- Sat., 8:30 am-5:00 pm; Adults-$5; Senior Adults-$4; Children 7-15 yrs-$3; Ages 6 and under FREE.
Walk with us into the Navajo and Mescalero Apache cultures and trace the history of their incarceration at Bosque Redondo known as “The Long Walk.” Open daily Wed.-Mon., 8:30 am-4:30 pm. Closed Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Admission: $3 (free to Seniors on Wednesdays and to New Mexico residents on Sundays).
The focus of this fledgling museum is the community’s past as a railroad boom-town. It also features a barbed-wire exhibit and gift shop as well. Open Wednesday through Saturday, 10-2. Closed January and February. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.
The Corona Museum shares space in an old hotel with a lending library. The museum features heirlooms and antiques from local families dating from the late 1800s and early 1900s. Open May 1 – November 1; Monday through Saturday, 9-5.
At Fox Cave, you can shop inside a real cavern and there’s a surprise in every nook and cranny. Have you ever wanted to pan for gold? At Fox Cave, you can. History buffs can appreciate this gem of Lincoln County. Fox Cave was never actually Billy the Kid’s hideout. Fox cave is in “Billy […]
This 150-year-old pre-Civil War fort (1855) was home at one time to Kit Carson, the Buffalo Soldiers, “Black Jack” Pershing, WWII German prisoners, and Billy the Kid. The fort is open daily for self-guided tours. “Fort Stanton Live!” is an annual July event. The fort is converted into a living history stage with military re-enactors, storytellers, Mescalero […]
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 […]
Old Lincoln County Courthouse, Skipworth – Dr. Woods Mansion, Tunstall Store Museum, Torreon & Montano Store, Anderson-Freeman Museum, Lincoln, NM. Lincoln’s idyllic and picturesque setting belies its violent past. The single road through Lincoln was once described by President Hayes as “the most dangerous street in America.” This National Historic Landmark is considered by many historians to […]
A restored 1800s family home from the gold-boom era. Self-guided tour. The nearby cemetery is the resting spot for the first governor of New Mexico, Susan McSween Barber and Deputy James Bell (killed by Billy the Kid when he escaped from the Lincoln County Courthouse). Open daily, 9-5; Memorial Day through Labor Day. Admission to […]
Ruidoso’s oldest building, Dowlin Mill, is one of those landmarks that visitors to Ruidoso remember long after leaving. The iconic large-scale water wheel that greets visitors is one of the only remaining operable water wheels in the Southwest. The Old Dowlin Mill still turns the massive stones used to grind wheat to this day. The building itself […]
The Ruidoso River Museum features displays dedicated to Pat Garrett and participants of the Lincoln County War, including the infamous Billy the Kid. On display are photographs, biographies, and artifacts, including Garrett’s badge and gun, which were presented to him after he killed Billy the Kid. Also housed here are Marie Antoinette’s crown, a death […]
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 […]
The seven-story landmark architecture of Antoine Predock is worth the photo alone, but inside there are four major installations by Seattle glass sculptor Dale Chihuly. In addition, the Spencer Theater also has a live touring performance approximately every 11 days year-round. Open Tuesday and Thursday (except show dates) for guided tours. Admission is free, but […]
Once the second largest city in the state, White Oaks is just a ghost of what it was before residents tried to charge the railroad for right-of-way (and lost) and the gold mines ran out. One of the surviving gems is the finest example of an eastern-influenced, brick, four-room schoolhouse left in New Mexico today. […]