While it’s no surprise Ruidoso has different outdoor activities available during different times of year, there are also a few special activities that can be experienced and enjoyed by guests year-round! If you’re feeling outdoorsy and want to see the land of enchantment up close, add these to your list.
If you’re the kind of person who loves life best when you’re reeling in your latest catch, you can always count on finding a great hole in Ruidoso. With a great selection of spots to fish, including lakes, streams, and rivers, Ruidoso’s year round fishing season is easily enjoyed.
Get your gear together and head to Grindstone Lake or Alto Lake to catch rainbow trout at these scenic spots. You can also use a non-motorized boat at either location! If you’re looking to catch a trout in our famous Rio Ruidoso, it’s a perfect spot for spinning, fly fishing, or bait casting, and you’ll really understand why it’s named “Noisy River”. Taking your kids? Seeping Springs Trout Lakes is the ideal location to introduce your little ones to fishing for the first time. You’re guaranteed to catch a fish, otherwise your visit is free, and they’ll provide you with the poles and bait necessary. It’s open daily during the summer, but you’ll need to call and make an appointment after Labor Day. Finally, don’t miss the fishing at Inn of the Mountain Gods’ Mescalero Lake – their beautiful lake features year-round dawn to dusk fishing, and you can rent your rods, buy a fishing license, and stock up on bait while you’re there.
Remember to follow lake rules and purchase fishing licenses for ages 12+. More information is available about permits, licenses, and regulations on Ruidoso Parks & Rec’s website.
There is no shortage of beautiful, challenging, peaceful, or fun hikes in Ruidoso. We can promise you that there’s most likely a trail that checks off your boxes if you’re interested in taking a hike while you’re visiting. Some of our favorite areas to hike include Cedar Creek, Grindstone, White Mountain and Fort Stanton trails.
With generally favorable weather in Ruidoso, getting outside for some fresh air and exercise is easy, even during our colder months. Check the weather before you head out, but you can usually count on clear skies and pleasant temperatures throughout the spring and fall, especially.
Bring your pets along for the hike, too! Ruidoso is extremely pet friendly and you’ll love having your dog join you for a trek along Ruidoso’s most scenic pathways. Whether you choose a trail that takes you to the fantastic views at Monjeau Lookout, opt to experience Lincoln National Forest up close and personal, or trek to see 360 scenic views at Ski Apache, you can’t go wrong with a good hike in Ruidoso. Check out our Ruidoso Visitor Guide for even more information about local trails!
One of Ruidoso’s most underappreciated outdoor activities is horseback riding! Vacation is a great time to experience new things and riding Ruidoso’s many beautiful trails will be one of the most memorable experiences you can have while you’re here.
Grindstone Stables offers many different experiences to visitors, including sleigh rides every winter and carriage rides in the summer, but their guided horseback rides around the Grindstone Lake area are a must-do and great for the whole family, ages 5 and up. With a guide leading your group, you’ll see some of the most beautiful views around Grindstone when you make reservations for this one hour tour.
Inn of the Mountain Gods also offers horseback rides around Mescalero, NM. Riders must be eight years or older, and multiple rides depart daily for families to enjoy the breathtaking scenery all around. Find more information on their website and call Inn of the Mountain Gods Stables at 575-464-7424 or the Hunt Lodge at 575-464-7448 to book your reservations.
Last but certainly not least, Ruidoso is the perfect location to disc golf year round! With 4 different courses located within the Ruidoso area, there’s something for every skill level to enjoy. For everyone from beginners to seasoned pros, disc golf is a great way to get moving and spend time outside!
New disc golf enthusiasts will enjoy Wingfield Park’s disc golf course. This “pitch and putt” course is perfect for a casual round without too much difficulty and would be a perfect family-friendly activity. Ski Apache also has a 9-hole course that will meet the needs of all skill levels and provide some great views!
Have no fear, though. Ruidoso’s disc golf offerings don’t end there. As one of the premier locations for disc golfing in the state, holding the annual New Mexico Disc Golfing Championships for the past several years, Grindstone Lake’s 27-hole Disc Golf Course is challenging, heavily wooded, and an all-time favorite for many. Finally, the Moon Mountain Disc Golf Course is a championship-level course that features the longest hole in New Mexico – Hole #17. Designed by world champion disc golfer Eric McCabe, it should be high on your list if you’re looking for a challenge!