Outdoor Recreation Activities

2013-03-12 10.42.42 (960x639)There are so many things to do outdoors in the Ruidoso area! Go hiking, camping, fishing and hunting in the beautiful outdoors. Horseback riding amid scenic views is a favorite and unforgettable experience. Play a round or two of golf at one of the famous Ruidoso golf courses. Of course, in the winter, ski the slopes at Ski Apache and enjoy winter fun at Winter Park. You don't want to miss the outdoor natural beauty of Ruidoso!



Outdoor Activities

Disc Golf

Ruidoso Parks and Recreation

  • 575-257-5030
  • , Ruidoso, NM, United States


Go-carts, water bumper-boats, arcade, giant maze, and miniature golf!

  • 575-257-3275
  • 700 block of Sudderth Dr., Ruidoso, NM, United States


A real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. Go to www.geocaching.com for more information about geocaching and sites in Lincoln County.

  • , Ruidoso, NM, United States

Mescalero Hunting Lodge

Mescalero Hunting Lodge is a business that conducts guided hunts. Hunting information can be found on the New Mexico Fish and Game website.

  • 575-464-9770
  • Carrizo Cannon Rd, Mescalero, NM, United States


Lincoln County has a few designated roads and trails for ATVs and OHVs. The Forest Service roads are the only places in Lincoln County where ATVs and OHVs are permitted. Permits for vehicles can be purchased online at the NM State Wildlife site. Call the Roswell Game and Fish Office.

  • 575-624-6135
  • , NM, United States

Ruidoso Winter Park

First-class tubing area, bumps, jumps, bobsled curves; lift to get you to the top; Kidz Korral; giant tubes for 4-6 riders; snow clothing rental; full snack bar; snow-making capability. (Operational during the winter only.)

  • 575-336-7079
  • Ski Run Rd., Alto, NM, 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


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 New Mexico, New Mexico, 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

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, […]

  • Seeping Springs Trout Lake, Ruidoso, 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

Runnels Bonito Stables

Trail rides. No reservations required. No credit or debit cards.

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


Hiking and Camping

Stop by the Ranger Station for more information.

  • 901 Mechem Dr, Ruidoso, NM, United States

White Mountain Wilderness Hiking Area

The White Mountain Wilderness Area just north of Ruidoso is known for its wonderful hikes. Be sure to take water with you, and if you come from a lower elevation, make sure you do a few walks around town to get acclimated before you attempt a more strenuous hike. The White Mountain Wilderness Area is […]

  • 575-257-4095
  • , Ruidoso, NM, United States


Rainmakers Golf and Lifestyle Community

Private resort, 18-hole Robert Trent Jones, Jr designed golf course with Clubhouse, homes, and lots for sale.

  • 575-336-7500
  • 230 Pueblo Loop, Alto, NM, United States

The Links at Sierra Blanca

Scottish-style 18-hole golf course, Snack bar.

  • 575-258-5330
  • 105 Sierra Blanca Drive, Ruidoso, NM, United States


Argentina/Bonito Trailhead Campground

The Argentina/ Bonito Trailhead campground is open all year. This particular campground location features tent and RV campsites that contain vault toilets. Additionally, this campground is a prime location for horseback riding. However, this campground does not have available drinking water.   Directions To get to the Argentina/Bonita Trailhead campground take Highway 48 to Highway […]

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Cedar Creek Recreation Area

The Cedar Creek Recreation Area is a seasonal option that is open from spring through the fall. This location has areas to accommodate both day-use picnic areas as well as three group camping areas. There are both hiking and fitness trails within this campground as well.   Directions The Cedar Creek Recreation Area is adjacent […]

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Monieau Lookout Camping Area

The Monieau Lookout Camping Area is a seasonal camping option which is open from the spring through the summer and fall. This area has four separate campsites that have grills available for use. One of the most notable aspects of this camping area is the historic Monieau lookout tower.   Directions To get to the […]

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