Arts & Culture

SPIRITS1B smVisit the many museums and historic attractions in Ruidoso and surrounding towns of Lincoln, Alto, Ft. Stanton, Carrizozo, Corona and Fort Sumner. We also have several event venues in the area that offer live music and performing arts! Whether it's a museum on Native American history or Billy the Kid, or dinner and a show at Flying J Ranch, you can't go wrong adding these destinations to your itinerary.    

Performing Arts and Live Music Venues

1852 Treaty Room

Nightclub on Carrizo Canyon Road in Mescalero.

  • 575-464-7777
  • 287 Carrizo Canyon Road, Mescalero, NM, 88340, USA

Cree Meadows Country Club

Country Club on Country Club Drive in Ruidoso.

  • 575-257-2733
  • 301 Country Club Dr, Ruidoso, NM, 88345, United States

Flying J Ranch Chuckwagon Supper & Western Show

The Ranch is open May 26th – 29th, then June 1st through Labor Day 6 nights a week (Monday – Saturday) and Saturdays through mid – October. A typical evening at the Flying J Ranch begins with making reservations. Reservations are requested, but not required. Walkins are welcome, however to help them with the food […]

  • 575-336-4330
  • 1028 State Hwy 48, Alto, NM, 88312, United States

Grill Caliente

Southwestern Restaurant on Sudderth Drive in Ruidoso.

  • 575-630-0024
  • 2800 Sudderth Dr., 88345, Ruidoso, NM, United States

Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino

Attention to detail best describes our guest rooms at the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino. Whether you’re traveling independently, with a group, or as part of a meeting, you won’t find a more beautiful setting. A pleasing color palette relates the space to surrounding lands. From the warm glow of handcrafted lighting […]

  • 800-545-9011
  • 287 Carrizo Canyon Road, Mescalero, NM, United States
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Sacred Grounds Coffee & Tea House

Coffee and Tea House and Cafe on Sudderth Drive in Ruidoso. See our Sacred Grounds story here.

  • 575-257-2273
  • 2704 Sudderth Dr., Ruidoso, NM, United States

Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts

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 […]

  • 888-818-7872
  • 108 Spencer Dr, Alto, NM, 88312, United States

Wendell’s, Inn of the Mountain Gods

Inn of the Mountain God’s signature dining establishment features fresh seafood, aged steaks, delicately crafted desserts, and an impressive wine list. They’re open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner and also offer an extensive room service menu. Don’t forget to stop into Wendell’s Lounge adjacent to the restaurant for delicious appetizers, cocktails, and cozy fireside seating. […]

  • 1-877-277-4577
  • 287 Carrizo Canyon Rd., Mescalero, NM, United States

Win, Place, and Show

Bar on Sudderth Drive in Ruidoso.

  • 575-257-9982
  • 2516 Sudderth Dr., Ruidoso, NM, United States

Museums

Billy the Kid Museum 

History Museum on Sumner Avenue in Fort Sumner.

  • 575-355-2380
  • 1435 Sumner Ave, Fort Sumner, NM, United States

Carrizozo Heritage Museum

History Museum on 12th Street in Carrizozo.

  • (575) 648-1105
  • 103 12th Street, Carrizozo, NM, United States

Corona Museum

History Museum on Main Street in Corona.

  • 575-512-5132
  • Main Street, Corona, NM, United States

Fox Cave

Cave, Museum and Gift Shop on Highway 70 in Ruidoso Downs.

  • 575-378-9954
  • 26897 US-70, Ruidoso Downs, NM

Hubbard Museum of the American West

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 […]

  • 575-378-4142
  • US Hwy 70, Ruidoso Downs, NM, United States

Lincoln Courthouse Museum

Historical Museum on Calle la Placita in Lincoln.

  • 575-854-3600
  • Lincoln Courthouse Museum, Lincoln, NM

Lincoln State Monument

History Museum on Highway 380 in Lincoln.

  • 575-653-4372
  • Highway 380 Mm 97.5, Lincoln, NM, 88338, United States

Old Dowlin Mill 

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 […]

  • , Ruidoso, NM, United States

Smokey Bear Historical Park and Museum

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 […]

  • 575-354-2748
  • 118 Smokey Bear Blvd., Capitan, NM, United States

Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts

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 […]

  • 888-818-7872
  • 108 Spencer Dr, Alto, NM, 88312, United States

White Oaks Schoolhouse Museum

History Museum on  Schoolhouse Road in White Oaks.

  • 575-648-2521
  • Schoolhouse Road, White Oaks, NM, 88301, United States

Art Galleries

Art Ruidoso Gallery

Art Gallery on Sudderth Drive in Ruidoso.

  • 575-808-1133
  • 615 Sudderth Drive, Ruidoso, NM, United States

DJ’s Jewelry

Visit this log cabin to view DJ and Kelly’s designer collection of Native American jewelry in 14K gold and sterling, precious and semiprecious gemstones; specializing in quality domestic turquoise. Regular Hours Mon – Sat 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Sun Closed

  • 575-630-1514
  • 618 Carrizo Canyon Road., Ruidoso, NM, United States

Earth & Stone

Pottery Store on Sudderth Drive in Ruidoso.

  • 575-257-2768
  • 2117 Sudderth Dr., Suite 14., Ruidoso, NM, United States

Galleria West

They specialize in one-of-a-kind gifts, jewelry, fine arts, sculptures, pottery, and they’re the preferred dealer of Mill Creek and Big Sky brands! Come browse their store and find that unique gift for that special someone! They pride themselves in offering the most unique products available in the region, and bring the best of ‘small town’ […]

  • 575-257-4560
  • 2538 Sudderth Dr, Ruidoso, NM, 88345

Gallery 401

Art Gallery on 12th Street in Carrizozo.

  • 575-648-2762
  • 401 12th Street, Carrizozo, NM, United States

Heart of the Raven

Ceramics Gallery on 12th Street in Carrizozo.

  • 415 12th Street, Carrizozo, NM, 88301

Hondo Iris Farm and Gallery

Located in one of New Mexico’s most beautiful gardens, Hondo Iris Farm and Gallery features paintings, sculpture, and jewelry by resident artist Alice Seely. In addition, the gallery features folk art, ceramics, clothing, and textiles from around the world. www.hondoirisfarm.com

  • 575-653-4062
  • 101 El Ojito, Hondo, NM, United States

John T. Soden Gallery

Art Gallery on Highway 48 in Alto. 

  • 575-336-2155
  • 1086 State Highway 48, Alto, NM, United States

Josie’s Framery

Art Gallery on Sudderth Drive in Ruidoso.

  • 575-257-4156
  • 2917 Sudderth, Ruidoso, NM, United States

Kenneth Wyatt Galleries 

Art Gallery on Sudderth Drive in Ruidoso.

  • 575-257-1529
  • 2205 Sudderth Drive, Ruidoso, NM, United States

Longcoat Fine Art

Art Gallery on Sudderth Drive in Ruidoso.

  • 575-257-9102
  • 2825 Sudderth, Ruidoso, NM, United States

Malkerson Gallery 408

Art Gallery on 12th Street in Carrizozo.

  • 575-648-2598
  • 408 12th Street, Carrizozo, NM, United States

Mountain Arts Gallery and Framing

Enjoy the work of renowned artists of the West and Southwest. Artwork by Teri Sodd and more.

  • 575-257-9748
  • 2530 Sudderth Dr, Ruidoso, NM, United States

Naturally Inspired Gallery

Art Gallery on Mechem Drive in Ruidoso.

  • 806-566-5255
  • 200 Mechem Drive, Ste. 2, Ruidoso, NM, United States

Piñon Pottery

Vicki Conley has been making pottery in Ruidoso Downs for over 25 years. She does a variety of work including functional stoneware, decorative Roku, and horsehair pottery. In addition, the gallery carries work by several area artists including Anita Keegan, Shirley Lall, Virgil Stephens and Nancy Phillips.

  • 575-378-4270
  • Mile marker 26465, Hwy 70, 3 mi E of Walmart, Ruidoso Downs

Simon Gomez

Jewelry Store on Mechem Drive in Ruidoso.

  • 575-257-6000
  • 415 Mechem Drive, Ruidoso, NM, United States

Tanner Traditions

Since 1972, the Tanner Family has worked directly with the Native People to bring their art and jewelry to the marketplace. The tradition continues here in Ruidoso with Lynn Tanner, a fifth generation Indian trader and his wife, Kathy Dawn.

  • 575-257-8675
  • 624 Sudderth, Ruidoso, NM, United States

The Adobe

Art Gallery on Sudderth Drive in Ruidoso.

  • 575-257-5795
  • 2905 Sudderth, Ruidoso, NM, United States

Thunder Horse Gallery

Art Gallery on Mechem Drive in Ruidoso.

  • 575-257-3989
  • 200 Mechem Drive., Ste. 1, Ruidoso, NM, United States

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