Outdoor Recreation Activities
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.
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.
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 […]
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.)
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 […]
The Bonito Creek is located 12 miles northwest of Ruidoso and runs from Bonita Lake Dam to both Fort Stanton and the Hondo River. Rainbow, as well as brook trout, are located within the creek. In addition, it is asked that catch and release be practiced at this location in order to sustain the trout […]
The Carrizo Creek flows from the Mescalero Lake dam, located on the Mescalero Reservation, and flows into the Rio Ruidoso. The creek enters the Rio Ruidoso River near the Chamber of Commerce building and the family fun center, Funtrackers. The Carrizo Creek also acts as Ruidoso’s hatchery and nursery for Brown Trout. Therefore, only catch-and-release […]
Eagle Creek is a tributary to the Ruidoso River, and it follows Highway 532. This tributary contains some native Brook and Rainbow Trout. A fishing license is a requirement for those 12 years of age or older.
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. […]
At 30 acres, the Grindstone Reservoir is one of the largest lakes in the Ruidoso area. The Grindstone Reservoir is located less than two miles from downtown Ruidoso allowing for quick access to local shops and restaurants. This lake is open to fishing year-round, and summer hours are from sunrise until 10 pm. The Grindstone […]
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 […]
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 […]
Another section of the Ruidoso River is located on the Mescalero reservation. This section of the river is open from May through September. Permits to fish on this section of the river are available for purchase at the entrance to the reservation.
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, […]
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.
Horseback Riding Stables
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 […]
Cree Meadows features an 18 hole golf course which provides an affordable, challenging golf experience. Ask about our yearly and monthly memberships by calling. Cree Meadows Restaurant is open Tuesday through Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Come and check out our daily lunch specials.
There are campsites on BLM land near Fort Stanton. Other camping areas are located around Fort Stanton on Hwy 220. Maps can be picked up at the Ruidoso Visitor Center. There are also corrals for horses. Call Roswell BLM office.