Bonito Lake is an alpine reservoir located high in the Sierra Blanca mountains northwest of Ruidoso, New Mexico. It is a popular fishing and camping destination, and although it is surrounded by the Lincoln National Forest, it is not a part of the national forest. It is currently owned by the city of Alamogordo, New Mexico as their primary water source. Because of the high altitude, the lake’s temperature is cold year round, and is home to an abundance of rainbow trout. The area around the lake has several campgrounds with hiking trails and streams.
Due to the Little Bear Fire in 2012 the lake has been closed for recreational use since the summer of 2015 for draining and dredging to recuperate the site. It could be open as soon as Summer 2018 or as late as 2020.