Summer Fun

2013-03-12 10.42.42 (960x639)There are plenty of fun summer activities in Ruidoso! From the family center Funtrackers that has go carts and more to the many fishing locations throughout and around Ruidoso; there is something for everyone!
 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!



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 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

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

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


Campsites on BLM Land

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.

  • 575-627-0272
  • , Fort Stanton, 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 […]

  • , Ruidoso, NM, United States

Bonito Creek

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 […]

  • 12 miles northwest of Ruidoso, NM, United States

Bonito Lake

Due to the Little Bear Fire of 2012, the Bonito Lake will remain closed until re-established.

  • , Ruidoso, NM, United States

Carrizo Creek

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 […]

  • , Ruidoso, NM, United States

Eagle Creek

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.

  • , Ruidoso, 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. […]

  • , Mescalero, NM, United States

Grindstone Reservoir

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 […]

  • , 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, 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, NM, United States

Ruidoso River

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.

  • , Mescalero, 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, […]

  • , 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.

  • , Mescalero, NM, United States


Cree Meadows Golf and Country Club

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.  

  • 575-257-2733 ext. 4.
  • 301 Country Club Dr, 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


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

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